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SPH 102 - Voice and Speech

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: Eligibility for ENG 101L  

A course which helps students improve their speech through the elimination of faulty voice and articulation habits. Attention is given to such skills as volume, pitch, resonance, rate, phrasing, pronunciation, and articulation. Tape recordings are used to analyze problems and note progress.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Students will determine the Strengths and weaknesses of their own speech habits and patterns.
  2. Students will learn the psychological factors involved in the speech process to cultivate the voice through mastery of proper respiration, phonation, resonation and articulation.
  3. Students will improve their speech clarity (pronunciation and articulation).
  4. Students will improve their speech quality (resonation, phonation and pitch).
  5. Students will improve their speech expressiveness (Pitch, rate, force and variety).
  6. Students will be able to identify standard and nonstandard forms of speech and learn to apply them appropriately.
  7. Students will learn the International Phonetic Alphabet and apply it to improve articulation and pronunciation.
  8. Students will learn to critique their own speech patterns as well as the speech patterns of others in the class.
  9. Students will be able to identify the parts of the body that create speech and be able to identify how each part affects speech.
Listed Topics
  1. Terminology related to voice production and voice analysis
  2. The physical process of voice production (breathing, phonation, resonation and articulation)
  3. Standard and non standard speech
  4. Articulation and pronunciation exercises
  5. The International Phonics Alphabet and diacritical markings
  6. Basic interpretive skills (understanding sentence stress, pitch, rate, pause and duration in relation to meaning and clarity)
Reference Materials
A standard text covering the fundamentals of speech production, articulation, pronunciation and use of phonetic markings.
A standard college dictionary.
Cassette tapes of student presentations.

Cassette recorder (may be owned by the student or the student may use the recorder located in the Speech and Theater
A Pronouncing Guide of American English by Kenyon and Knott (found on reserve for voice students in the Allegheny
Campus Library).
Various other library reference materials such as The NBC Guide to Pronunciation, The OED, etc.

Approved By: Kraft, John Date Approved: 08/26/1987

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