Oral Training II Spring 2003
Audio-Visual Building 201
Tuesdays 10:10am-12 noon
Instructor: Karen S. Chung

     There will be 17 classes this semester.

     Routine work: You will recite and learn a poem, mark your listening assignment, and receive the new listening assignment every class during first hour; these are not listed separately below. Note that this syllabus is subject to change.

     Click here for the Poems for Memorization handout for Spring 2003.
     Click here for the About Poetry: English Prosody Plus Selected Literary Terms handout. (Refer to this for definitions of terms like iambic, doggerel, and synaesthesia.)

       Please visit the class discussion board often.

     We wrote these ourselves!
Original poems by the Spring 2003 Oral Training II class

     February 18:
Marked Ray Charles. Hand in outline of play idea.
     Listening assignment: MPR Indian Radio; Kramer vs. Kramer transcription.
     Prepare: Poem: the war is on the kitchen table. Oral book report; begin work on NTU News

     February 25: Practiced 'The rain in Spain...'. Oral book reports: Jack, Salina, Lynn, Wesley.
     Listening assignment:
BBC: Pinter and Wesker on the US-Iraq situation
    Prepare: Poem: Epitaph for a Darling Lady. Oral book report.

     March 4: Oral book reports: Jack, Grace, Doreen, Alicia, Stella, Lillian.
     Listening assignment:
Profiles with Tara: Abusive men: part I
     Prepare: Poem: The Kiss. Oral book report. Kramer vs. Kramer. Hand in tape for poetry reading.

     March 11: Oral book reports: May, Cindy, Mae. Chose plays: (1) Death of a Cat. Writer: Lynn. Actors: May, Wesley, Grace, Stella, Sam. (2) Death sentence substitute. Writer: Sue. Actors: Alicia, Sue, Evelyn, Melissa, Cindy. (3) Forgiveness. Actors: Jack, Eileen, Doreen, Lillian, Salina. (4) Santa Claus. Writer: Stella. Actors: Victor, Jeremy, Mae, Lynn, Louis.
     Listening Assignment:
Profiles with Tara: Abusive men: part II
     Prepare: Poem: Who Goes Home? Oral book report; Kramer vs. Kramer; NTU News. Play scripts.

     March 18: Oral book reports: Mae, Sam, Victor, Louis, Melissa.
     Listening assignment: Gunsmoke: The Liar from Blackhawk (I)
     Prepare: Poem: The Fish. NTU News. Kramer vs. Kramer. Play scripts.

March 25: Finish oral book reports: Jeremy, Evelyn, Sue, Eileen. Discussion of assignment.
     Listening assignment: Gunsmoke: The Liar from Blackhawk (II)
     Prepare: Poem: Sonnet CXLIII. NTU News. Poems for poetry reading. Kramer vs. Kramer. Play scripts.

     April 1: Hand in play scripts. Discussed Gunsmoke assignment.
     Listening assignment: NationalGeographic.com: City of the Dead
     Prepare: Poem: The Wicked Fairy at the Manger. NTU News. Poems for poetry reading. Kramer vs. Kramer. 60-second television commercial.

     April 8: Kramer vs. Kramer. Hand in outline of 60-second television commercial.
     Listening assignment: National Public Radio: Orang Metropolis Uncovered
     Prepare: Poem: Vignette. Poetry reading. Kramer vs. Kramer. Revise play scripts. Class debate. TV commercial.

April 15: Kramer vs. Kramer performances. NTU News. Hand in revised play scripts.
     Listening assignment:
Voice of America Webcast: Foreign language teaching in the U.S. and Yao Ming
     Prepare: Poem: Street Moths. Poetry reading. Class debate. Suggested format. Practice play. TV commercial.

     April 22: NTU News. 60-second commercial scripts.
     Listening assignment: Minnesota Public Radio: Inspiring boys to read
     Prepare: Poem: Ashes of Life. Class debate. Practice play. TV commercial.

     April 29: Last Kramer vs. Kramer performance; NTU News; Poetry reading.
     Listening assignment: Minnesota Public Radio: Life after prison
     Prepare: Poem: Elect. Debate. TV commercial. Play performance.

     May 6: Finish NTU News; class debate.
     Listening assignment:
Dragnet: The Big Escape (I)
     Prepare: Poem: In the Night We Shall Go In. Play performance.

     May 13: Class debate.
     Listening assignment: Dragnet: The Big Escape (II)
     Prepare: Poem: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. 60-second television commercial; play performance.

     May 20: Class debate.
     Listening assignment: Minnesota Public Radio: Garbage glaciers
Poem: somewhere i have never travelled. 60-second commercial. Play performance.

     May 27: Finish last debate; discussion.
     Listening assignment: ABC NSW: Cockroaches – friend or foe?
Poem: XIV. 60-second commercial, play performance.

     June 3: 60-second comercial; discussion.
     Listening assignment: Minnesota Public Radio: Weight loss surgery: the last resort?
     Prepare: Poem: A Man and a Woman Sit Near Each Other. Pronunciation summary: past, present, and future. Play performance.

     June 10: First play performance. Hand in pronunciation summary. Discussion of assignments.

     June 17: Final play performance; counts heavily toward final grade.