Voice & Diction

Course Details

Course Number: SPCH 1233  Section Number: 102

Fall 2013

Location: Fain Fine Arts Center

Classroom Number: B114

Days & Times:

MWF 10-10:50 AM

Course Attachments

Fall 13 Syllabus  Fall 2013 SPCH 1233 Syllabus-20130826-161446.pdf

Fall 13 Calendar  Fall 2013 V&D Calendar-20130826-161511.pdf


MSU Faculty Member
John Dement   
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Course Objectives

At the end of the course, the student will:

  • control and manage his/her performance anxiety,
  • demonstrate proficiency in the reading and writing of the International Phonetic Alphabet to transcribe American English,
  • understand basic communication theory,
  • know the physiology of vocal production,
  • incorporate specific strategies for remediation of articulation errors and mispronunciations present in their own speech and the speech of others,
  • demonstrate improved vocal quality, diction, variety, and clarity of communication,
  • effectively and accurately analyze their personal speech habits, vocal health, and improvement needs.

Course Expectations

Respect will be given to everyone at all times. If you are disrespectful to someone (especially during a presentation) the instructor reserves the right to ask you to leave the room and receive an absence for the day.

In this class, we will be reading aloud to each other. It is the hope of the instructor that each student will carefully consider the content of their reading material before presenting any speech to the class. The instructor will provide each student with guidelines for choosing presentations. There is a whole world of marvelous literature from which to choose-let us treat each other with the respect due to all persons.

Honesty is paramount. Dishonesty on homework and exams will not be tolerated. Expect disciplinary action to be sought in the event that the instructor discovers dishonesty or cheating. The instructor reserves the right to drop any student engaging in academic dishonesty from the course. Students dropped from the course by the instructor for failure to attend classes or for academic dishonesty may receive an F for the semester. By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and educational purposes.

Plagiarism is the use of someone else’s thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")–whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Cell phone use in class is prohibited. If your cell phone goes off during a class you may be asked to leave the classroom and receive and absence for the day. No texting. Again, you may be asked to leave the classroom.

Working outside of class will be required to fully develop the skills required. This is HOMEWORK!! I recommend spending at LEAST 4-6 hours a week outside of class, in a rehearsal room, working the week’s assignments. This may require you to schedule and reserve rehearsal rooms. Your scheduling problems are never a valid excuse for coming to class unprepared.

Assignments will always be due at the beginning of class. Any assignment not turned in at the beginning of class will be considered late. Late work will not normally be accepted. The instructor reserves the right to accept late work at his discretion, but will penalize students 15 points per day on any late assignments.

Grading Standards

Participation.......................................... 5%
Homework............................................ 30%

  • Workbook: 10%
  • Presentation transcriptions: 10%
  • Written Critique: 10%

Quizzes.................................................. 5%

Exams (x4)........................................... 30%

Presentations....................................... 30%

  • Introduction
  • Children’s Story
  • Literary Selection
  • Personal Choice

Grading Scale

A........ Above 90%
B........ 80-89%
C........ 70-79%
D........ 60-69%
F......... Below 59%


Final Exam12/11/2013  10:00-12:00

Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance is MANDATORY!! I do understand life, however, so everyone is allowed one “mental health” day each semester. Use it well. We have a substantial amount of material to cover and a limited amount of time. Each day we will be covering or presenting NEW material, and very often it is material that will require the assistance of a partner. You will receive a ten-point grade deduction off of your final grade for your second absence. Each subsequent unexcused absence will deduct twenty points from your final average. The only exceptions to this policy are school sponsored events or documented extreme cases (like the zombie apocalypse.)

 Role will be taken at the beginning of each class. Each student is allowed ONE tardy (not to exceed 5 min) with no deduction during the semester. After the first tardy, if a student is not present at the time role is taken they are marked absent.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.