Reading for Performance

Purpose of the Qualification

LAMDA Graded Examinations in Communication: Reading for Performance are designed to develop the skills necessary for reading aloud to an audience and devising a recital for performance. 

Learners who prepare themselves appropriately will develop:
1 Interpretative skills
2 Technical skills
3 Knowledge of literature and how to devise and present a programme of material for performance.

Broad Objectives of the Qualifications

1 Interpretative Skills

The learner will be required to:
  • engage imaginatively with the thought, emotion, style and form of a text.

2 Technical Skills

The learner will be required to:

  • develop skills in voice, diction, posture, reading aloud and audience communication

3 Knowledge of literature and how to devise and present a programme of material for performance

The learner will be required to:

  • know and understand the chosen readings

  • know and understand what is required to present a recital in reading for performance.

Level Description

The LAMDA Entry Level Award in Communication: Reading for Performance is designed to introduce learners to basic skills in reading aloud to an audience. Learners will perform a recital consisting of two verse readings and links (an introduction, a linking statement and a conclusion). They will be able to show that they understand the meaning of what they are speaking/reading. They will perform audibly and clearly, demonstrating rhythmic awareness and fluency.

Learning Outcomes

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

Interpretation

LO1: perform a recital, demonstrating an understanding of the material.

Technique

LO2: use communication skills to engage the audience.

Knowledge

LO3: know the meaning and general content of the chosen material.

Level Description

The LAMDA Level 1 Award in Communication: Reading for Performance is designed to enable learners to develop basic skills in reading aloud to an audience. Learners will be able to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills by performing a recital consisting of one verse reading, one prose reading and links (an introduction, a linking statement and a conclusion). The recital will be based on creative engagement with the material and careful preparation. Learners will speak audibly, clearly and fluently, communicating with their audience. Through variations in volume, pace and pitch they will be able to create and convey mood. Their use of the performance space will complement their recital.

Learning Outcomes

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

Interpretation

LO1: perform a recital, demonstrating an understanding of the material.

Technique

LO2: create a vocal response to the text
LO3: create a visual interest in response to the recital.

Knowledge

LO4: know and understand the chosen material.

Level Description

The LAMDA Level 2 Award in Communication: Reading for Performance is designed to enable learners to develop a range of skills in reading aloud to an audience. Learners will perform a recital consisting of three readings and links (an introduction, two linking statements and a conclusion). 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 application of appropriate technical skills. Effective preparation and study will be evident, leading to a secure performance. Use of body language and the performance space will aid communication of the text and engage the audience.

Learning Outcomes

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

Interpretation

LO1: perform a recital, demonstrating an understanding of the material.

Technique

LO2: create a vocal response to the text
LO3: create a visual interest in response to the recital.

Knowledge

LO4: know and understand the content and context of the chosen material.

Level Description

The LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Communication: Reading for Performance is designed to enable learners to develop a wide range of skills in reading aloud to an audience. Learners will perform a recital consisting of three readings and links (an introduction, two linking statements and a conclusion) and read at sight a previously unseen text. They will integrate their knowledge and skills to demonstrate a mature understanding of the material. There will be a sense of ownership and self-awareness. Presentation will be grounded in thorough and relevant preparation. Learners will combine physical and vocal flexibility to engage the audience.

Learning Outcomes

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

Interpretation

LO1: perform a recital, demonstrating an understanding of the material.

Technique

LO2: create a vocal response to the text
LO3: create a visual interest in response to the recital.

Sight-Reading

LO4: sight-read, sharing the text with the audience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I memorise my readings as well as my introduction, linking statements and conclusions?
No. The extracts should be read aloud and not learnt or memorised. However, the introduction, linking statements and conclusions are not to be read, so these should be memorised. 

What should I read my extracts from?
We advise that you collate your extracts into a folder, in the order in which they will be performed. A folder is better than a book, as it can be opened wide and handled more easily. 

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Matt Di Angelo, actor