TH 105 Oral Communication
SP 2010 HO
Peak, Mari J.
MFA, Acting, University of Illinois at Urbana ChampaignPost-Graduate Study, Voice for the Actor, University of IllinoisBA, Theatre and Pre-Law, Kansas State University
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January 11, 2010 - May 7, 2010
8:45 - 10:00
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Educational Philosophy: I believe that the ideal learning environment is interactive and that a key component of learning on the university level is the exchange of information between students and teacher. Your experiences, constructive observations and opinions, 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 on-line 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
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
January 12 Story of my name/What says “you”?
Read “There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom” and finish it by January 19.
January 14 Read to the class: – Bring a passage of material you like (any kind of literature is fine as long as you love the piece). It may be in a language other than English as long as you provide a translation and any explanation necessary for us to understand the form and content. It should be from 30 seconds to a minute or so in length;
Online discussion: “What is communication? Give examples of someone you know who is a good communicator and not such a good communicator.
January 19 Share remarkable experience; View online Powerpoint on Human Voice; Complete online study guide: The Human Voice. Due today.
January 21 Online discussion: Observe at least two people in conversation from a distance at which you cannot hear them, but can only see them. Determine their relationship, the situation, who is in control, etc., based only upon what you see. Send first cutting to me for my review via eCompanion for review prior to class, or bring a hard copy with you.
January 26Describe a place in vivid detail from your memory to the class –
January 28 Share first cuttings with the class
February 2 Speech clarity: bring your cuttings; Sign up for graded, private coaching sessions to take place beginning after class today, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. To receive full credit you must show up on time, with your folder and type-written introduction and cutting in proper format, and a pencil for notes.
February 4 - Please come to class and sign in. You may then work on your own if you are not scheduled to meet with me.
February 9 Presentations: cuttings
February 11 Presentations: cuttings
February 16 This I Believe; Use the link on the eCompanion to navigate to NPR.org and review the data base of essays. Find one you like to share with the class. Share today.
Sign up for coaching sessions which will begin after class today, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. To receive full credit, you must have your cutting, your folder, your introduction, and a pencil, and show up to your appointment on time.
February 18 Private coaching sessions. Everyone should come to class to sign in.
February 23 Presentations: This I Believe
February 25 Presentations: This I Believe
Prospectus for research paper is due;
If you choose to do the performance paper instead, you must declare your choice to do so by this date and pick up a copy of the script from me. You must write a brief summary of the script and a character analysis of the character upon which you will focus your observation. Your prospectus and character analysis will be due March 16, 2010. The paper will be due the first class period after the show closes.
March 2 Read “Medea” See link on eCompanion under Week 8 for a link to an electronic copy. If you are fluent in another language besides English, bring in a copy of “Medea” in that language. ENSEMBLE WORK: Medea
March 4 ENSEMBLE WORK: Medea
Find a poem you like during break as we will begin to study poetry when classes resume.
March 16 Introduction to Poetry
March 18 Bring in a poem to share
See Enchanted April
March 23 Share your poems, cont’d. Sign up for private coachings to begin after class, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
March 25 Private coachings
March 30 Present poems
April 1 Present poems
April 6 Performance paper on “Enchanted April” is due; or, Research paper due
April 8 Final showcase template is due
April 13 Work on Showcase
April 15 Work on Showcase
April 22 Work on Showcases in class and outside of class
Creative Arts Symposium
April 27 Begin final presentations
April 29 Final presentations
Regular class schedule is suspended. Students should consult the final exam schedule.
Remaining final showcases will be presented during the two-hour final exam block as specified on the final exam schedule for Spring 2010.
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