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Fall 2012

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SPE102 - Voice and Articulation
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Enables public speakers to improve voice, articulation, and stage presence. Covers both the process used in creating voice and the application of process to the use and control of pitch, loudness, quality and rate. Includes aspects of nonverbal communication and use of the International Phonetic Alphabet to explore dialects.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
At the successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

1.Demonstrate diaphragmatic breathing and breath control with an emphasis on relieving tension and creating a state of relaxation.
2.List and describe the organs and process of articulation.
3.List and describe the aspects of vocal expression, including rate, pitch, volume, stress, and resonance, and to describe, orally or in writing, how to control these areas.*
4.Transcribe the sounds of American English into the International Phonetic Alphabet.
5.Demonstrate an understanding of nonverbal communication, successfully developing a stage presence.
6.Demonstrate and describe the voice and articulation process through critiquing of self and others' presentations.
7.Produce a Standard American stage dialect, reducing regionalisms in speech.
8.Produce and describe at least one other regional dialect and one foreign dialect.

*This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the College's Comprehensive Assessment Plan. All faculty teaching this course must collect required data (see Assessing Student Learning Outcomes form) and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Assessment and Special Projects.





Content Outline:
I. DEVELOPING AN AWARENESS OF VOICE AND ARTICULATION
a. Speech and Personality
b. Critical Thinking

II. ARTICULATION
a. Organs of Articulation
b Making the sounds of American English
c. The International Phonetic Alphabet
d. Combining the Sounds into Words

III. RESPIRATION
a. Diaphragmatic Breathing
b. Developing Breath Control

IV. PHONATION
a. Structure of the Larynx
b. Using Optimum Pitch
c. Varying Pitch

V. RESONATION
a. Primary Resonating Cavities
b. Improving Vocal Quality

VI. DIALECTS
a. Practice Standard American Dialect
b. Practice regional dialects
c. Practice foreign dialects

VII. VERBAL AND NON-VERBAL COMMUNICATION
a. Improving verbal communication
b. Improving non-verbal communication and stage presence
c. Developing a Program for Continued Improvement



Effective Term: Spring 2002