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ERIC Number: ED359591
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr-16
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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Teaching Oral Interpretation: A Reading Specialization Perspective.
Smith, V. A.
For 3 years, Texas A and M University Kingsville (formerly Texas A and I University) has provided a basic oral interpretation course for teachers specializing in reading on the elementary level. After teaching the course once, the instructor decided to adapt the course to the needs of the students by using children's literature instead of adult literature for the performance assignments and emphasizing practical performance skills more and theory less. The course has become a service course whose goal is to stimulate the future teacher's interest in basic techniques of analysis and performance. The first few classes of the semester are a half-and-half mixture of lecture and reading lab. During the reading class, the instructor concentrates on vocal techniques while referring to points made in the appropriate text chapter. Performances from the text follow after discussion of the practical aspects of integrating the vocal and physical requirements. The instructor uses video modeling at this point. As the semester continues, students continue with performances of prose and poetry. The final assignment involves them in a group performance of some combination of prose, poetry, or drama. The final goal is to prepare these reading majors to be good models of classroom performance who will encourage an appreciation of literature in their students. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A