Speaking Verse and Prose

For creative individuals who want to develop their memory skills and build a strong speaking voice.
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About the Speaking Verse and Prose exam

Our Speaking Verse and Prose learners develop a whole host of skills, from speaking clearly and using voice projection, to improving memorisation and building an understanding of poetry and prose which supports studies in English literature. 

As learners progress through the levels they interact with the texts, responding to them with imagination and using body language and expression to engage an audience.  

Learners working towards their Level Three grades are delving into sonnets, exploring the life and work of William Shakespeare and discussing his influence, as well as discovering the other writers whose works they are performing. 

LAMDA is recognised to award qualifications on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in England by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual), in Wales by Qualifications Wales (QiW), and in Northern Ireland by the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA). 

Speaking Verse and Prose solo exams at Entry Level, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8 are now available online. Find out how to book here

What does the exam involve? 

Type of exam: Solo 

Time allowance: 10 minutes

Performing two verses from memory

Answer questions about: 

  • the content of the verses 
  • the mood of the verses 
  • the meaning of some of the words or phrases used in the verses 

Type of exam: Solo 

Time allowance: 15 minutes 

Performing: 

  • one verse from memory 
  • one prose piece from memory 

Answering questions about: 

  • characters from the piece of prose 
  • the content of the verse 
  • the mood of both pieces 
  • the differences between verse and prose 

Type of exam: Solo 

Time allowance: 15-20 minutes 

Performing: 

  • one verse from memory 
  • one piece of prose from memory 

Sight-reading a short text

Answering questions about: 

  • the relationship between two characters from the prose piece 
  • the content of the verse 
  • common literary devices/figures of speech  
  • types of phrasing 
  • types of pause 

Type of exam: Solo 

Time allowance: 20-30 minutes 

Performing: 

  • one verse from memory 
  • one piece of prose from memory 

Sight-reading a short text

Answering questions about: 

  • the themes of the book that the prose piece is selected from 
  • the content of the verse 
  • the techniques involved in breathing 
  • the techniques involved in voice and speech production 

Type of exam: Solo 

Time allowance: 20-30 minutes

Performing: 

  • one verse from memory 
  • one piece of prose from memory 
  • recite a sonnet 

Sight-reading a short text

Answering questions about: 

  • emphasis and modulation 
  • the themes and content of the book that the prose piece is selected from 
  • the content of the verse and sonnet 
  • the verse form, metre and rhythm 
  • the life, work and influence of William Shakespeare 
  • the life and work of the writer of either the verse or prose 

Confidence in public speaking and just being comfortable in standing up and addressing people. I wish I had done this as a child

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Requirements

Full details of the requirements, assessment criteria and regulations for each grade can be found in the LAMDA Communication Graded Examinations Syllabus. 

Resources

All our syllabi are available for download, or you can purchase our full range of publications from our online shop.

You will need: 

  • Communication Syllabus from August 2019
  • Verse and Prose Anthology Volume 19  

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