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 Course Title:   Oral Interpretation of Literature

 Title Abbreviation:   ORAL INTERPRETATION

 Department:    CMST

 Course #:    141

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    231001

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

Stresses analysis of literature and its vocal and visual performance before an audience. Explores relationships between literary text, author, performer, and audience as well as delivery techniques. May focus on one or more literary genres.


Prerequisite: Appropriate placement or grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL 099.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Humanities  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
SPU COM 2330 Oral Intepretation of Literature; 5 credits
UW SP CMU 140 Oral Intepretation of Literature; 5 credits
Whatcom SPCH 130 Oral Interpretation of Literature; 5 credits
WSU ComSt 251 Oral Interpretation of Literature; 3 semester credits

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain appropriate models, components, contexts, and/or common terminology of communication and oral interpretation.
  2. Conduct explorations of various genres of literature—or a specific genre of literature—and apply literary analysis techniques to the selection, discussion, preparation, and oral performance of literary texts.
  3. Adapt the performance of literary selections to diverse audiences, contexts, and speaking situations.
  4. Build confidence in performing before the class, while working in groups, and in writing about literature.
  5. Use vocal (pitch, rate, volume, articulation, pronunciation) and nonverbal behaviors to communicate literary texts to audiences.
  6. Listen and respond actively, courteously, and critically as an audience member, including providing feedback on and/or written analysis of others' performances.
  7. Apply textbook and literary reading assignments and library/technological research to individual, dyadic, and/or group projects.
  8. Use technology to effectively retrieve and manage information, solve problems, and facilitate communication related to assignment preparation, submission, and/or delivery and other classroom issues.
  9. Use time effectively in selecting literature, preparing programs, and presenting readings.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.2 Access the needed information effectively, efficiently, ethically, and legally.
1.3 Evaluate information and its sources critically.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.
3.2 Recognize, produce and demonstrate appropriate interpersonal, group, and public speaking skills.
3.3 Demonstrate effective listening skills.
3.5 Recognize, comprehend, and use non-verbal behaviors appropriate to a given context.
3.7 Adapt communication to diverse audiences and media.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.4 Demonstrate effective communication across differences in human communities and cultures.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.3 Apply successful organizational strategies of planning, goal setting, prioritizing, resolving conflict, and managing time to specific goals and/or projects.

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.3 Use technology appropriate to the context and task to effectively retrieve and manage information, solve problems, and facilitate communication.

Course Contents

  1. Selection and Analysis of Literature
  2. Delivery Techniques
  3. Preparation of Manuscripts
  4. Communication Apprehension
  5. Organizing Thematic Programs
  6. Audience Analysis and Adaptation
  7. Critical Evaluation and Listening Responsibilities