Oral Interpretation

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Course Description:
This course is designed to develop the ability to analyze the meaning of specific works in major literary genres and deliver oral interpretations of these works.


Course Details


Carol Saunders


Required textbooks/ course materials:

No textbook or course materials are required to purchase for this course.

Handouts will be distributed for instructional purposes.



Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

ORI 2000 is not a General Education core course.

The purpose of the humanities in the core curriculum is to understand the human condition through the study of the following: art history, literature, music history, music theory, performing arts, philosophy, and visual arts.

H-1     Identify the humanities in various cultures.

H-2     Elucidate the historical context of human artistic expressions.

H-3     Analyze artistic expressions and articulate informed responses.

H-4     Identify reasons to preserve the humanities.

H-5     Describe core human beliefs and principles in the humanities.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Learn what oral interpretation is about.

Read out loud for meaning.

Use an author's words effectively.

Practice the interpretive process.

Investigate various approaches to communicating meaning.

Use the voice to convey emotions.

Introduce materials effectively.

Cut performance material from larger works.

Participate in Readers' Theatre or Interpreters' Theatre as a valid experience in drama.

Use the body as an effective means of communication.

Critique and give feedback to other performers.

Plan, produce, and perform in an hour long program for the college and/or community.


Skills Performance and Skills Demonstration, Writing Assignments



Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  1. Classroom activities and exercises designed to improve articulation, projection, and vocal variety.
  2. Study and performance of different genres of literature.
  3. Video tapes of all student performances in order to provide self-critiquing opportunities.
  4. Peer and teacher critiques which point out the good points and points which need.
  5. You are expected to attend college sponsored cultural events which involve speakers, story tellers, or performers. These will be assigned as available.
  6. Usually only one or two such events are available.


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