TH105 Oral Communication

for FA 2007

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TH 105 Oral Communication


FA 2007 HO


Peak, Mari J.


Adjunct Professor


MFA, Acting.  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Post-Graduate Study: Voice for the Actor.  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
BA, Theatre & Pre-Law.  Kansas State University

Office Location

Alumni Hall

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone

(816) 891-8606

Other Phone

(816) 588-7890


Semester Dates

August 21, 2007 - December 12, 2007

Class Days


Class Time

2:25 - 3:40 PM



Credit Hours


Berry, Cicely.  Voice and the Actor, 1st Collier Books, 1991.                 

Sachar, Louis. There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom, New York: Knopf, 1987.

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Course Description:
A study of the skills in breathing, vocal control, diction and articulation as applies to the public presentation of the following literary forms: poetry, prose, drama, reader's theatre and choral reading. Selections used as performance options include authors from a wide variety of ethnic and national origins. Open to all students. 1:2:3

Educational Philosophy:
I believe that the ideal learning environment is open and interactive and that a key component of learning on the university level is the exchange of information between students and teacher. Your experience, constructive observations, perspective, and suggestions are valuable to me and to your classmates. 

Each class member is instrumental in creating a comfortable classroom atmosphere in which one feels the freedom to try new things and share ideas, opinions, goals, and experiences. Much of what we do early in the semester is foundational to this goal. 

Students in TH105 are expected to give thoughtful response to course concepts both orally and in writing throughout the semester. It is my hope that your understanding of various course concepts will deepen and become more detailed as the semester progresses. Concepts introduced early in the semester will be used for the duration of the semester, and your understanding and ability to use the information and skills practically will continue to evolve. 

Lectures will be brief and opportunities for discussion and for asking questions will be plentiful. Your learning will be guided with worksheets, hand-outs, demonstrations, investigative games and simple exercises. The majority of written work will be completed on the eCompanion, and many discussions will take place there, too. On occasion, you may be directed to the internet for supplemental information.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. The student will identify and explore the elements communication.
  2. The student will learn how the human voice works and learn to use his voice expressively, intelligibly, audibly, and effectively in any size space in a manner that will prevent vocal injury.
  3. The student will explore and develop the skills necessary to meet the unique performance requirements of different literary genres such as 1) poetry; 2) prose; and, 3) ensemble performance; and 4) drama/children's literature/documentary literature).
  4. The student will demonstrate the ability to identify and isolate an objective for a reading as well as character objectives that drive the plot, and how those objectives affect the manner of communication.
  5. The student will learn to harness the power of stage fright to enhance his ability to communicate.
  6. The student will increase his knowledge of the craft of the actor and demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate the components of character and performance.
  7. The student will create and perform a 10-12 minute final concert program organized on a single theme and comprised of 4 or more selections at least 3 different literary genres .
Class Assessment:
Learning objectives will be achieved through the following: 1. In-class performances; 2. Participation in exercises; 3. Lecture; 4. Guided group discussion both on-line and in the classroom; 4. Study guides. 5. A research paper 1,000- 1,500 words (about seven pages) on a pre-approved topic pertinent to the content of this course, OR a detailed written critique focused on the Park University production of “Rumors” which will be presented on the Park University stage in late September and early October; 7. Peer and instructor evaluations.
CORE ASSESSMENT:  The core assessment for this course is valued at 20% of the student's final grade.  The student will create, rehearse, and perform a literary "concert" final presentation 10-12 minutes in length.  The program must be organized on a single theme and will be comprised of at least four different selections from a minimum of three genres of literature.  The program must include examples of: 1) prose; 2) poetry; 3) EITHER: children's lit, documentary lit, or dramatic lit; 4) another selection from a category of the student's choice.  Only one of the four selections may be of the student's own authorship.  The student will compose an introduction for the program as well as transitions linking each piece to the overall program theme. He/she is expected to meet with the instructor at least once outside of class to rehearse the final performance. To receive full credit, the student must submit a preliminary and final script book detailing his choices.  The final submission of the scriptbook must be immediately following the final performance.   

20% Daily attendance and punctuality.* 10% Daily participation in physical activities and discussions. 20% Classroom performances: quality of work and degree of professionalism displayed in rehearsal, written preparation, and performance. 10% Quality of written assignments, on-line discussions, study guides. 10% Quality of research paper or performance paper; 20% Quality of final concert performance, rehearsal, and final script-book; 10% Comprehensive take-home final examination.  

*All students are expected to give advance notification of illness or other reasons for absence by e-mail me or by telephone. If this is not possible, please contact me as soon as possible. Class members are allowed two absences without loss of daily attendance points.   Within reason, I am happy to help you make up absences and loss of attendance points by meeting with you independently by appointment. 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Performances and written material are due on the dates specified at the time of assignment.  If you are unable to attend class on a day a written assignment is due, you are expected to submit it ON TIME or EARLY by attaching it to an e-mail or by using the drop box on the eCompanion. For each class period a performance or assignment is late, the student will receive a reduction of one letter grade for the assignment. All missed work must be made up within two weeks of its original due date or the student will receive a zero for that assignment. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students will participate as fully as possible in all physical activities and will advise me of any reason they unable to participate fully. Students are expected to be supportive of one another. Audience response is crucial to this art-form. Consequently, full attention should be directed to your peers who are performing. No talking or whispering is allowed during performances. Students are not to enter or exit the classroom during a performance. Please do not chew gum in class. Cell phones should be turned off during class. See Park University catalog for further information regarding appropriate student conduct.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


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