LAMDA Graded Examinations in Communication: Speaking Verse and Prose are designed to develop the skills necessary for effective oral communication of the written word.

Académie of Stars prepare the student to obtain certification in the chosen Subject. The syllabus will be based on the requirements of the examination board.

Learners who prepare themselves appropriately will develop:

✰ Interpretative Skills
The learner will be required to engage imaginatively with the thought, emotion, style and form of a text.

Technical Skills
The learner will be required to develop skills in voice, diction and posture.

✰ Knowledge of Literature
The learner will be required to respond to know and understand the chosen selections and understand voice, speech and versification theory to communicate the specific demands of the text.

The qualification is available at four levels, in line with the Regulated Qualifications Framework:

✰ Entry Level
✰ Level 1: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3
✰ Level 2: Grade 4, Grade 5
✰ Level 3: Grade 6 (Bronze Medal), Grade 7 (Silver Medal), Grade 8 (Gold Medal)

Learners may enter for a Speaking Verse and Prose Examination at any grade. Each grade is independently assessed.

Learning Outcomes are set at each Level and cover a range of grades (for example, Level 1 covers Grades 1, 2 and 3).

Assessment Criteria are set at each grade.

There is a qualitative difference in outcome between individual grades within each Level. This is because:
• the set repertoire increases in technical difficulty as the grades progress
• the knowledge required increases as the grades progress

MAY
✰ Registration Deadline: end of March
✰ Training Period: December – May

NOVEMBER 
✰ Registration Deadline: end of September
✰ Training Period: June – November

Training sessions for the preparation for each grade will differ and depends on the requirements. There is a minimum of 6 months of 24 sessions to prepare for each grade. Level 3 exams will require minimum of 36 sessions to prepare.

Level Description
The LAMDA Entry Level Award in Communication: Speaking Verse and Prose is designed to introduce learners to basic skills in verse speaking. Learners will perform two verse selections from memory, audibly and clearly. They will be able to show that they understand the meaning of what they are speaking.

Learning Outcomes
On completion of this unit the learner will be able to:

Interpretation
LO1: perform two verse selections from memory, demonstrating an understanding of the material.

Technique
LO2: use vocal skills to engage the listener.

Knowledge
LO3: know the meaning and general content of the two selections.

Level Description
The LAMDA Level 1 Award in Communication: Speaking Verse and Prose is designed to enable learners to develop basic skills in verse and prose speaking. Learners will perform two selections from memory, audibly and clearly. They will be able to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding, and skills by producing a thoughtful interpretation, based on creative engagement with the material and careful preparation. Through variations in volume, pace and pitch they will be able to create and convey mood. The use of appropriate body language will complement their vocal performance.

Learning Outcomes
On completion of this unit the learner will be able to:

Interpretation
LO1: perform two selections from memory, demonstrating an understanding of the material.

Technique
LO2: use vocal skills to engage the listener
LO3: use body language to complement the vocal performance.

Knowledge
LO4: know and understand the two selections
LO5: demonstrate an awareness of the fundamental differences between verse and prose (Grade 3 only).

Level Description
The LAMDA Level 2 Award in Communication: Speaking Verse and Prose is designed to enable learners to develop a range of skills in verse and prose speaking. Learners will perform two selections from memory and read at sight a previously unseen text. The presentation will be audible, with vocal contrast through which mood and meaning are communicated. Learners will be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of the material, leading to an imaginative interpretation in which there is an application of appropriate technical skills. Effective preparation and study will be evident, leading to secure performance. Use of voice, body and facial expression will be effectively combined to communicate the text and engage the audience.

Learning Outcomes
On completion of this unit the learner will be able to:

Interpretation
LO1: perform two selections from memory, demonstrating an understanding of the material.

Technique
LO2: create a vocal response to the text
LO3: create a physical response to the text.

Sight-Reading
LO4: sight-read, sharing the text with the audience.

Level Description
The LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Communication: Speaking Verse and Prose is designed to enable learners to develop a wide range of skills in verse and prose speaking. Learners will perform their chosen selections from memory and read at sight a previously unseen text, integrating their knowledge and skills to demonstrate a mature understanding of the material. There will be a sense of ownership and self-awareness. Presentation will be grounded in thorough and relevant preparation. Learners will combine physical and vocal flexibility to engage the audience.

Learning Outcomes
On completion of this unit the learner will be able to:

Interpretation
LO1: perform the chosen selections from memory, demonstrating an understanding of the material.

Technique
LO2: create a vocal response to the text
LO3: create a physical response to the text.

Sight-Reading
LO4: sight-read, sharing the text with the audience.

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