Speaking Verse and Prose

Purpose of the Qualification

LAMDA Graded Examinations in Communication: Speaking Verse and Prose are designed to develop the skills necessary for effective oral communication of the written word.

Learners who prepare themselves appropriately will develop:
1 Interpretative skills
2 Technical skills
3 Knowledge of literature.

Broad Objectives of the Qualification

1 Interpretive 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 and posture.

3 Knowledge of literature

The learner will be required to:

  • know and understand the chosen selections

  • understand voice, speech and versification theory to communicate the specific demands of the text.

Level Description

The LAMDA Entry Level Award in Communication: Speaking Verse and Prose is designed to introduce learners to basic skills in verse speaking. Learners will perform two verse selections from memory, audibly and clearly.They will be able to show that they understand the meaning of what they are speaking.

Learning Outcomes

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

Interpretation

LO1: perform two verse selections from memory, demonstrating an understanding of the material.
Technique

LO2: use vocal skills to engage the listener.
Knowledge

LO3: know the meaning and general content of the two selections.

Level Description

The LAMDA Level 1 Award in Communication: Speaking Verse and Prose is designed to enable learners to develop basic skills in verse and prose speaking. Learners will perform two selections from memory, audibly and clearly. They will be able to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills by producing a thoughtful interpretation, based on creative engagement with the material and careful preparation. Through variations in volume, pace and pitch they will be able to create and convey mood. The use of appropriate body language will complement their vocal performance.

Learning Outcomes

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

Interpretation

LO1: perform two selections from memory, demonstrating an understanding of the material.

Technique

LO2: use vocal skills to engage the listener
LO3: use body language to complement vocal performance.

Knowledge

LO4: know and understand the two selections
LO5: demonstrate an awareness of the fundamental differences between verse and prose (Grade 3 only).

Level Description

The LAMDA Level 2 Award in Communication: Speaking Verse and Prosei s designed to enable learners to develop a range of skills in verse and prose speaking. Learners will perform two selections from memory and read at sight a previously unseen text. 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 voice, body and facial expression will be effectively combined to communicate the text and engage the audience.

Learning Outcomes

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

Interpretation

LO1: perform two selections from memory, demonstrating an understanding of the material.

Technique

LO2: create a vocal response to the text
LO3: create a physical response to the text.

Sight Reading

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

Level Description

The LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Communication: Speaking Verse and Prose is designed to enable learners to develop a wide range of skills in verse and prose speaking. Learners will perform their chosen selections from memory and read at sight a previously unseen text, integrating 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 the chosen selections from memory, demonstrating an understanding of the material.

Technique

LO2: create a vocal response to the text
LO3: create a physical response to the text.

Sight-Reading

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I select an own-choice piece from a book that is featured in the current Verse and Prose Anthology?
You can select a piece from a book that appears in the current Verse and Prose Anthology, so long as it is not the same extract that appears in the Anthology.

Can I edit a selection from a book for my own-choice piece to make it fit the time allowance?
You can edit your own-choice selections to a degree but you must make sure that, in doing so, the sense of the extract is not lost or confused. 

“[LAMDA exams] make you confident when speaking in front of people. They also help you with your breathing and teach you how to pronounce your letters properly.”

Isabelle Sedgwick

Isabella Sedgwick, West End performer