What is the course about?
Come and enjoy reading aloud short stories and passages from novels and verse plays by early 20th century writers including Forster; Priestley; Woolf and Eliot. We will discuss the plot and themes of the novels while focusing on using your voice to provide narrative and create character. We hope you can join our afternoon reading group!
What will we cover?
How we use pitch, pace and pause to tell stories. How we need clear diction for narrative as well as range and variety for vocal characterisation. The importance of good vocal delivery, powered by correct breathing techniques.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Demonstrate more confidence in the sound of your voice
Acknowledge a greater delight in 20th Century Literature by reading passages aloud and thus sharing stories.
Identify some key breathing and vocal techniques to assist reading in public.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is for all those who enjoy reading novels, and wish to develop greater confidence in reading aloud. You will have some ability with sight reading and if you are a non-native speaker, you must be fluent in English.
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Speak English fluently.
• Communicate in group situations.
• Give and receive constructive feedback.
• Read and respond to a range of texts.
• Take course notes for your own use.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
We will read in a large group together. You will be expected to read and prepare passages in advance.
As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a favourite piece of early 20th century literature with you to the first class; the tutor will ask you to read a passage to assess your ability level. You will find a small hand mirror useful.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Any Voice or Speech course in the programme such as Storytelling for Business and Pleasure, or Voice Technique: Beginners.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details