LAMDA Verse and Prose Exams are designed to develop the skills necessary for effective oral communication of the written word.

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LAMDA (London Academy Music and Dramatic Art) is one of the UK’s oldest and most respected awarding bodies. LAMDA has been offering practical examinations in communication and performance subjects for over 130 years. In this time, LAMDA's qualifications have helped hundreds of thousands of candidates of all ages and abilities to develop lifelong skills.

LAMDA exams are about achievement – recognizing and rewarding the endeavors of each individual – but they are also about empowerment. LAMDA's ultimate aim is to provide all people with the opportunity to develop the life skills they need to be a success: attributes such as self-confidence and the ability to communicate clearly and present ideas.

At the heart of LAMDA examinations is the recognition that our qualifications are for everyone. Across the globe, LAMDA's examinations unite learners of all ages, abilities, backgrounds, and cultures in enthusiasm for the English language and a desire to develop skills for life.

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
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.

LEVEL 1 — Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3
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.

LEVEL 2 — Grade 4, Grade 5
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.

LEVEL 3 — Grade 6 (Bronze Medal), Grade 7 (Silver Medal), Grade 8 (Gold Medal)
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. The presentation will be grounded in thorough and relevant preparation. Learners will combine physical and vocal flexibility to engage the audience.

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

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

ENTRY LEVEL
✰ perform two verse selections from memory, demonstrating an understanding of the material.
✰ use vocal skills to engage the listener.
✰ know the meaning and general content of the two selections.

LEVEL 1
✰ perform two selections from memory, demonstrating an understanding of the material.
✰ use vocal skills to engage the listener
✰ use body language to complement the vocal performance.
✰ know and understand the two selections
✰ demonstrate an awareness of the fundamental differences between verse and prose (Grade 3 only).

LEVEL 2
✰ perform two selections from memory, demonstrating an understanding of the material.
✰ create a vocal response to the text
✰ create a physical response to the text.
✰ sight-read, sharing the text with the audience.

LEVEL 3
✰ perform the chosen selections from memory, demonstrating an understanding of the material.
✰ create a vocal response to the text
✰ create a physical response to the text.
✰ sight-read, sharing the text with the audience.

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.

Class Levels

Entry

S$35 / class
  • Entry Level Examinees
  • Group Class Type
  • 1 hour / weekly
  • 20 sessions / semester
  • Exam Fees NOT included

Level 1

S$40 / class
  • Grade 1 -3 Examinees
  • Group Class Type
  • 1 hour / weekly
  • 20 sessions / semester
  • Exam Fees NOT included

Level 2

S$45 / class
  • Grade 4 - 5 Examinees
  • Group Class Type
  • 1 hour / weekly
  • 20 sessions / semester
  • Exam Fees NOT included

Level 3

S$50 / class
  • Grade 6 -8 Examinees
  • Group Class Type
  • 1 hour / weekly
  • 20 sessions / semester
  • Exam Fees NOT included

Our Trainers

Eugene Lin

Cordelia Fernandez

May Jayashanker

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