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Camphill Academy | Evaluated Learning Experience

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The Art of Storytelling

Formerly Speech, Poetry, and Storytelling
Version 1: 25 hours. Version 2: 32 hours (variable – over several weeks).
Camphill Communities California, Soquel, CA; The Camphill School, Glenmoore, PA; Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, Phoenixville, PA; Camphill Village, USA, Copake, NY; Heartbeet Lifesharing, Hardwick, VT; Plowshare Farm, Greenfield, NH; instructor-led individual study at various locations across North America.
Version 1: September 2004 - June 2007. Version 2: September 2007 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Mentor-facilitated Independent Study
Workshop Intensive
Learner Outcomes: 
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: understand certain themes and images that can help one grasp the meaning of the story; practice different storytelling methods and styles; articulate one’s words and gestures in a clear, expressive and meaningful manner; understand storytelling as a personal and shared, co-created experience; discern the right space for the story; transform a picture, through imagination, into words; recognize how to build up the mood and  pace of a story suitable for the soul makeup and/or the disability of a chosen individual; understand the  importance of stories, speech and language for human beings, including within historical and cultural contexts; practice exercises in speech and gesture formation.
This course introduces students to the discipline and art of speech. By working consciously on movement, breathing, listening, and speech exercises, the students improve articulation, tone quality, voice production, rhythm. and expression in their speaking. Poems and short stories are used to help students gain confidence in speaking to a group of people and in performing before a group.
Credit recommendation: 
Version 1 and 2: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 2 semester hours in Curative Education, Education, Social Therapy, Social Agriculture, Inclusive Social Development, Speech, Drama, Creative Writing, Communicative Studies, and any discipline that could benefit from such a complementary learning experience (9/05) (10/10 revalidation) (11/15 revalidation) (10/20 revalidation). NOTE: This course is reinforced through Practicums.