Oral Language Festival

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BCSD Oral Language Festival Registration Deadlines:
Friday, October 20, 2017 – 4:30 PM
BCSD Junior High Oral Language Festival (Grades 7-8):
Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:30pm – Education Center
BCSD Elementary Oral Language Festival (Grades 4-6):
Saturday, December 2, 2017 – CSUB Business Development Center
Kern County Oral Language Festival:
(Grades 4-8) Saturday, January 27, 2018 – Stonecreek Junior High School


Oral Language Festival Coaches: click on the following link to download the Oral Language Festival Coach’s Handbook.

 


Oral Language Festival Rules & Guidelines


Serious Interpretation – Solo

A solo interpretation is one student reciting a literary selection.

Competition Guidelines:

  • The student should select literature which can be adapted for oral interpretation.
  • The literature should be appropriate for age, event, and presentation to a community audience.
  • The site administrator should be aware of and approve all selections.
  • Appropriateness of both literature and mode of delivery is the responsibility of the site principal.
  • The student should be so thoroughly familiar with the literature that the audience feels the author’s intentions, thoughts, and attitudes coming to them directly through the student.
  • If more than one selection is used, there must be an obvious relationship and the selections must be tied carefully together.
  • The student should use voice, pauses, and rate of speaking as means of interpreting the selection. Using skill to gain and to keep audience attention, the student should be persuasive in communicating the literature.
  • The student may use appropriate and natural gestures to suggest the essence of the characters as the author saw them; the student may move around in front of the audience as appropriate for the selection, but must remain standing (no kneeling, lying down or moving about on the floor).
  • Allow time for practice, improvement, and memorization.

Competition Rules:
Minimum Time: 3 minutes Maximum Time: 5 minutes

  1. Timing of the speech begins with the student’s first utterance.
  2. The student must include the title and author (not anonymous) in the presentation.
  3. The interpretation must be the student’s, not an imitation of an actor’s performance.
  4. Student is not to announce his/her name, school, or district.
  5. No props or costumes.
  6. No prompting or directing from the audience.
  7. The selection must be memorized.

Humorous Interpretation – Solo

A solo interpretation is one student reciting a literary selection.

Competition Guidelines:

  • The student should select literature which can be adapted for oral interpretation.
  • The literature should be appropriate for age, event, and presentation to a community audience.
  • The site administrator should be aware of and approve all selections.
  • Appropriateness of both literature and mode of delivery is the responsibility of the site principal.
  • The student should be so thoroughly familiar with the literature that the audience feels the author’s intentions, thoughts, and attitudes coming to them directly through the student.
  • If more than one selection is used, there must be an obvious relationship and the selections must be tied carefully together.
  • The student should use voice, pauses, and rate of speaking as means of interpreting the selection. Using skill to gain and to keep audience attention, the student should be persuasive in communicating the literature.
  • The student may use appropriate and natural gestures to suggest the essence of the characters as the author saw them; the student may move around in front of the audience as appropriate for the selection, but must remain standing (no kneeling, lying down or moving about on the floor).
  • Allow time for practice, improvement, and memorization.

Competition Rules:
Minimum Time: 3 minutes Maximum Time: 5 minutes

  1. Timing of the speech begins with the student’s first utterance.
  2. The student must include the title and author (not anonymous) in the presentation.
  3. The interpretation must be the student’s, not an imitation of an actor’s performance.
  4. Student is not to announce his/her name, school, or district.
  5. No props or costumes.
  6. No prompting or directing from the audience.
  7. The selection must be memorized.

Serious Interpretation – Duo

A duo interpretation is two students reciting a literary selection in both unison and solo parts.

Competition Guidelines:

  • The students should select literature which can be adapted for oral interpretation.
  • The literature should be appropriate for age, event, and presentation to a community audience. The site administrator should be aware of and approve all selections.
  • Appropriateness of both literature and mode of delivery is the responsibility of the site principal.
  • The students should be so thoroughly familiar with the literature that the audience feels the author’s intentions, thoughts, and attitudes coming to them directly through the students.
  • If more than one selection is used, there must be an obvious relationship and the selections must be tied carefully together.
  • The students should use voice, pauses, and rate of speaking as means of interpreting the selection. Using skill to gain and to keep audience attention, the students should be persuasive in communicating the literature.
  • There should be a balance of solo and duo parts.
  • This event is an oral presentation. Only appropriate gestures should be used; no moving feet.
  • Allow time for practice, improvement, and memorization.

Competition Rules:
Minimum Time: 3 minutes Maximum Time: 5 minutes

  1. Timing of the speech begins with the student’s first utterance.
  2. The students must include the title and author (not anonymous) in the presentation.
  3. The interpretation must be the students’, not an imitation of an actor’s performance.
  4. Students are not to announce their names, school, or district.
  5. No props or costumes or obvious uniformity in attire.
  6. No prompting or directing from the audience.
  7. The selection must be memorized.
  8. No moving feet.

Humorous Interpretation – Duo

A duo interpretation is two students reciting a literary selection in both unison and solo parts.

Competition Guidelines:

  • The students should select literature which can be adapted for oral interpretation.
  • The literature should be appropriate for age, event, and presentation to a community audience.
  • The site administrator should be aware of and approve all selections.
  • Appropriateness of both literature and mode of delivery is the responsibility of the site principal.
  • The students should be so thoroughly familiar with the literature that the audience feels the author’s intentions, thoughts, and attitudes coming to them directly through the students.
  • If more than one selection is used, there must be an obvious relationship and the selections must be tied carefully together.
  • The students should use voice, pauses, and rate of speaking as means of interpreting the selection. Using skill to gain and to keep audience attention, the students should be persuasive in communicating the literature.
  • There should be a balance of solo and duo parts.
  • This event is an oral presentation. Only appropriate gestures should be used; no moving feet.
  • Allow time for practice, improvement, and memorization.

Competition Rules:
Minimum Time: 3 minutes Maximum Time: 5 minutes

  1. Timing of the speech begins with the students’ first utterance.
  2. The students must include the title and author (not anonymous) in the presentation.
  3. The interpretation must be the students’, not an imitation of an actor’s performance.
  4. Students are not to announce their names, school, or district.
  5. No props or costumes or obvious uniformity in attire.
  6. No prompting or directing from the audience.
  7. The selection must be memorized.
  8. No moving feet.

Verse Choir

A verse choir is a group of at least three and not more than six students reciting a literary selection in unison using whole group and small group parts.

Competition Guidelines:

  • The students should select literature which can be adapted for choral delivery.
  • The literature should be appropriate for age, event, and student presentation to a community audience.
  • The site administrator should be aware of and approve all selections.
  • Appropriateness of both literature and mode of delivery is the responsibility of the site principal.
  • If more than one selection is used, there must be an obvious relationship and the parts must be tied together carefully
  • Develop appropriate and interesting dialogues, parts, tonal qualities, and rhythmic qualities.
  • Use a variety of small and large group parts.
  • Blend voices, pause together, and put emphasis on the same words.
  • Speak with appropriate expression, tempo, and volume; avoid “yelling” at the audience.
  • After several practices, evaluate to see that voices are in unison, that pauses are consistent among group members, and that articulation/enunciation is not faulty. There should be no solo or dominating voices.
  • Reflect the author’s viewpoint and mood.
  • Use facial expressions and gestures that reflect the author’s emotions and intentions.
  • The event is an oral presentation. Only appropriate gestures should be used; no moving feet.
  • Allow time for practice and improvement.

Competition Rules:
Minimum Time: 3 minutes Maximum Time: 5 minutes

  1. Timing of the presentation begins with the students’ first utterance.
  2. The students must include the title and author (not anonymous) in the presentation.
  3. The interpretation must be the students’, not an imitation of an actor’s performance.
  4. Students are not to announce their names, school, or district.
  5. No props, costumes, or obvious uniformity in attire.
  6. No prompting or directing from the audience.
  7. The selection must be memorized.
  8. No solo voice parts.
  9. No moving feet.

Interpretation

All presentations should be interpretations of a literary work, not an imitation of an actor’s performance. This means that it is fine to select a work written by Bill Cosby. However, the student’s delivery should not be an impersonation of Bill Cosby.


Literature Selection

Literature selections should be appropriate for age, event, and presentation to a community audience. Literature selections must be published works that are available to all students. Selections that are found only in distributions such as organizational newsletters, the Internet, and regional newspapers are not acceptable because they are not available to all grade 4 – 8 students.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Bakersfield City School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived characteristics of race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identifications, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information or any other characteristic identified in Education Code 200 or 220, Penal code 422.55, or Government Code 11135, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, you should immediately contact the school site principal and/or the District’s Human Resource Administrator, at 661-631-4663, or at 1300 Baker Street, Bakersfield, California 93305. A copy of BCSD’s Uniform Complaint Procedures and Non-Discrimination policies are available by clicking here and/or upon request.