ERIC Number: ED208444
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Value of Forensic Competition for Oral Interpretation Students. Position Paper.
Manchester, Bruce B.
Student interest in individual events in intercollegiate forensics competition is on the rise in the United States. Not only does the individual events tournament format reward depth of analysis, it also rewards students' abilities to transfer their critical insights into appropriate physical and vocal cues. The individual events tournament provides oral interpretation students with feedback concerning their ability to make the written word come alive for an audience, and with a broader spectrum of critical reactions because of the diversity of the people evaluating the performance of literature. Another benefit of forensic competition is the opportunity to compete in a wide variety of interpretation categories--from the genre-specific solo interpretations to the mixed interpretation events where students combine several selections from different genres. Many tournaments also allow students to work with others in dramatic duo interpretation and/or readers theatre. Additional tournament benefits include opportunities to observe others and to experience and test others' modes of communication. As such, intercollegiate tournaments provide a setting for the expansion of the educational goals of oral interpretation training. (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (67th, Anaheim, CA, November 12-15, 1981).