Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
COMM 229
Course Title:
Oral Interpretation
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Course Description

Oral interpretation of literature from the areas of prose, poetry and drama. Analyze specific literary works and communicate that understanding through performance. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  1. Use learned oral techniques in order to present ideas and arguments to any given audience.
  2. Continue to use an awareness of literary works through analysis in order to communicate messages about such works.
  3. Provide community leadership through an increased awareness of diversity in thought and idea.

October 23rd, 2009

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Students will complete three written assignments to demonstrate their understanding of various selections of  literature; these analyses should  demonstrate an understanding of the authors intent, as well as the student's individual interpretations.
  • Students will perform four readings within the class.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, and Issues:

  • Context
  • Theme
  • Conflict
  • Symbolism
  • Author's intent
  • Situational aspects:
    • narrator, speaker(s), listener(s), action, secondary
        characters, setting (time and space)
  • Sensory imagery
    • (visual, aural, tactile, olfactory, and/or gustatory)

Figurative language (metaphor, personification, apostrophe, allusion, verbal irony, hyperbole, simile)

  • Sound devices (alliteration, cacophony, euphony, rhyme, meter, onomatopoeia, assonance, consonance)
  • Physical delivery (eye contact, facial expressions, posture, gestures
  • Vocal delivery (pitch/tone, volume, rate/rhythm, pauses)

Competencies and Skills:

  • Ability to identify linguistic devices within literature.
  • Ability to identify the intent of the authors of literature.
  • Ability to choose performance techniques to illustrate one's  interpretation of the feelings and emotion of literature.

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

Roles in Interpretation, Yordon.  Publisher:  McGraw-Hill

Oral Interpretation, Gura and Lee, Publisher: Allyn & Bacon.