PCC/ CCOG / COMM

Course Content and Outcome Guide for COMM 110

Course Number:
COMM 110
Course Title:
Voice and Articulation
Credit Hours:
3
Lecture Hours:
30
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Present prepared and impromptu assignments with emphasis on understanding the vocal mechanism for production of Standard American speech while learning the International Phonetic Alphabet. Includes group or individual work designed to improve articulation, breathing, projection, expressiveness, and pronunciation. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  1. Continue to use learned Standard American Speech in order to increase communication competence and mutual understanding.
  2. Use learned basic elements of speech process and the understanding of the mechanisms involved in speech production in order to continue to be an effective communicator.

October 2009

Outcome Assessment Strategies


This course will include phonetic transcriptions and oral presentations.
Other forms of assessment, listed below, will be determined by the individual instructor.
Assessment strategies may include:

  • Peer evaluations
  • Qualitative examinations
  • Research papers
  • In-class participation
  • Quantitative examinations
  • Projects
  • Journals
  • Essays
  • Group work

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, and Issues:

  • Producing An Effective Voice
  • Analysis of vocal characteristics
  • Production of voice
  • Pitch variations in the effective voice
  • Loudness factors in the effective voice
  • Quality factors in the effective voice
  • Time factors in effective speaking
  • Understanding anxiety in speech delivery
  • Acquiring Effective Pronunciation
  • Standards of speech
  • Analysis of sounds of American English
  • The International Phonetic Alphabet
  • Plosives
  • Fricatives and Affricates
  • Nasals, laterals, glides
  • Front vowels
  • Central vowels
  • Back Vowels
  • Diphthongs
  • Integrating the Factors of Voice and Pronunciation in Communication
  • Listening and observing: the effect of vocal features on meaning
  • Factors affecting nonlinguistic communication
  • Utilizing videotape for self-analysis

A textbook is required. Suggested texts. Alternative texts need Dept. or SAC chair approval.

  Speaking Clearly, w/ 4CDS, Hahner, Sokoloff, Salisch.  Publisher: McGraw Hill