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COURSE CODE & TITLE COCR 1045: Foreign Language Theatre In Performance
NO. OF CREDITS: Two (2)
LEVEL: One (1)
PREREQUISITES: None

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The annual UWI Inter-campus Foreign Language Theatre Festival strengthens the relations among the three campuses: Mona, Cave Hill and St. Augustine. Participation in the Festival will provide students with the opportunity to develop foreign language skills that are not easily acquired in the classroom. Students will experience the oral performative dimension of language through stage performance, and develop an appreciation for the dramatic arts as a mode of communication, a capacity for team-work and the ability to communicate effectively with foreign language speakers.

The course will prepare students for the Festival through the implementation and practice of various performing strategies, verbal and nonverbal expression techniques, as well as the understanding of both the characters and sociocultural context of a foreign language play.

Students pursuing the course will be assessed based on their participation in rehearsals, performances and a written or video-recorded report. 

COURSE RATIONALE

Theatre, which in Greek is translated as "Place to look at", allows us to convey feelings, stories, legacies, tyrannical and heroic acts without leaving the stage. Out of the tableau, theatre becomes part of life. It provides the students with a critical scope that teaches them to identify their emotions and better interpret all events that occur in their everyday life.

Furthermore, in order to succeed, our students are now expected to embody strong communications skills in their careers. To add to this, the UWI Strategic Plan outlines Key Attributes for the UWI Graduate and identifies being an effective communicator as a critical competency. The Foreign Language Theatre course is designed to strengthen the students’ communication skills in a foreign language and assist them in improving their confidence levels, thus helping them become better speakers and more prepared for the world of work. 

 

General Objectives

This course will focus on developing the necessary skills that are fundamental to verbal and nonverbal communication in the foreign language and will allow students to:

  • Speak more fluently in the foreign language
  • Communicate with the body
  • Develop critical skills
  • Develop cross-campus camaraderie
  • Perform with greater confidence and style
  • Improve memory
  • Overcome speech apprehension
  • Manage anxiety due to public speaking 

 

Assessment & Evaluation

Component Grade Description
Participation 20% Attendance and recorded participation at auditions, production meetings and rehearsals, punctuality, attitude (team spirit and respect for other students’ learning).
Performance 40% Oral skills (clarity, diction, pronunciation, dramatic empathy and contribution to realising the play as a piece of foreign language drama, as an actor/actress or as a stage member).
Critical Report/ Video-documentary 40% Written report (approx. 1.500 words) about the Theatre Festival or a Documentary Video (approx. 5-10 min.) on the experience of participating in the Theatre production.

 

Assignments

The students seeking to obtain co-curricular credits for their participation are expected to:

  1. Attend preliminary meetings to discuss and understand the play, its historical and cultural contexts and its theme or themes.
  2. Attend at least 75% of the meetings and rehearsals scheduled during the semester in preparation for the festival, the Humanities festival and outreach activities as required.
  3. Participate in the festival as a performing artist and/or crew member and a fully committed member of the cast/crew.
  4. Write a report or make a Documentary video (10’. max.) on the experience of the Theatre course.

 

Report or Documentary Video

The students are encouraged to do a detailed analysis of their participation in the production as a whole. 
Objectives

  1. Develop a critical and analytical approach to the material being studied.
  2. Analyse how the play and characters were built.
  3. Reflect on their personal growth participating in the play

Procedure 

The report may be written in the form of notes, or the form of a documentary if the modality of a video is chosen. It should include production notes of the piece (plans, minutes of meetings, drafts of the text, final text, character cards, sketches, photos, interviews, research notes, minutes of repetition, general bibliography). 
Report - 1.500 words

 

Topic or Unit Objectives

  1. Practice of oral skills (correct pronunciation, projection, diction and control of tone and pitch)
  2. Improvising, developing scenes
  3. Communicating through nonverbal behaviour (body language): including posture, facial expressions, gestures, etc.
  4. Understanding characters and their motivation
  5. Detailed analysis of the staging of the play through a written evaluation
  6. Physical exercises to improve body awareness and control
  7. Overcoming speech apprehension through repeated practice
  8. Set design, visual & sound effects, blocking (who does what & where & when on stage)
  9. Warm-up games and activities

 

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Instructional methods include 20 contact hours of small and large group discussions, discussion of hypothetical scenarios, and skills training. This includes 6 contact hours for a student group project which contributes to the final grade.            

Lecturers

Name of Lecturer: Dr. Nicole Roberts
Email Contact: Nicole.Roberts@sta.uwi.edu

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