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Interpretive Speaking

Grades 8 - 12
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Course Schedule
Class Follows Upper Fall Only Schedule
Dates: 2022-08-09 to 2022-12-13
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Tue: 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Tuition: $185 / Semester
Supplies: $0
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About the Course
Interpretive Speaking

Interpretive speaking is learning how to take a piece of literature (a story, poem, or passage of scripture) and bringing it to life. It is similar to acting but without props. Interpretive speaking teaches the student to use inflection, animation, and expression to make the piece of literature interesting to the audience. A textbook will be used along with in class activities to practice and develop these skills. Learning how to speak interpretively is not only fun, but it also enhances public speaking skills. Students improve with practice. Several different types of literature will be explored including humorous, dramatic, Biblical, and more. Students will also be given an opportunity to write their own piece and deliver it.

This is a one semester class. The cost is $185. It can be used toward an English Credit or an Elective credit.

Textbook: “The Art of Interpretation, A Study in Bringing Literature to Life,” Author: Nicholas R. Elledge, Communicators Advantage Project, First Edition, ISBN 0-9724612-5-6   






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About Diane

Diane Cullen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Taylor University. She has taught classes such as Speech (writing and delivery), Interpretive Speaking (bringing literature to life), Career Paths (with resume writing), and Biblical Leadership at Cornerstone for eight years. This year she will also be team teaching American Literature/Great Books. Previously, Diane led Truth Advocates Speech and Debate Club for nine years teaching students the art of writing and speaking (platform, interpretive, and limited prep speaking) and how to debate. She has judged and given feedback on hundreds of speeches and debates. She also served as Indiana State Representative for NCFCA (National Christian Forensics and Communications Association) running competitive tournaments for a six-state region. She taught Career Decision making at IUS for fifteen years. While at IUS, Diane was the Internship Coordinator and taught students how to write resumes and interview. She has also written for the Southeast Outlook newspaper and is currently writing her first book. She is a certified administrator for the Myers Briggs Type Indicator personality/career assessment.

Diane homeschooled her five children who have graduated from high school and college. In her free time, she enjoys reading, discussing good books, hiking, kayaking, and spending time with friends and family.

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