BCSD Oral Language Festival Registration Deadline: Friday, October 29, 2004; 4:30 PM
BCSD 7-8 Oral Language Festival:  Saturday, November 13, 2004; Location: Education Center
BCSD 4-6 Gr. Oral Language Festival: Saturday, November 20, 2004: CSUB
Rayburn S. Dezember Leadership Development Center
Kern County Oral Language Festival - Standard M.S.:  Saturday, January 29, 2005

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.
  • 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:


    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:


    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:


    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 eight students reciting a literary selection in unison using whole group and small group parts.

    Competition Guidelines:


    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.