Speak for Yourself!

Speak for Yourself!

In this FIG we will explore active ways to express your voice in the classroom. While you navigate your first term at the University of Oregon, our group will also develop creative strategies for discussion and presentation. Speak for Yourself links COLT 101 and TA 271 because we will use many methods that come from theater, but we will also apply them to other kinds of classroom dynamics. Our approach is both casual and formal throughout the term: we will casually try exercises to support engagement in all classes, and we will build individual skills through formal/fun presentation assignments within the FIG seminar. We especially encourage self-identified “readers” or “writers” who want to stretch outside their comfort zones into a supportive environment for exploration. We hope you will Speak for Yourself!

Some activities we will do in class include: 

-Exploring presence in communication through breath and body postures.

-Reading or annotating out loud to prepare for engaged discussion.

-Trying out presentation strategies with coaching in the moment.


Students explore the intersection of topics by taking the following course package*:

*Courses in the FIG package may be subject to change

TA 199 College Connections - FIG Seminar, 1-credit

TA 271 Introduction to Theater Arts- CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits

Theatre has been one of the most effective means through which a society can debate issues of mutual concern, define or modify key values, and explore the potential of the human experience, and it continues to fulfill that role today. By reading and discussing plays, experimenting with aspects of design, observing performances, and writing reviews, each participant can formulate an individual awareness and appreciation of theatre arts in the world today.

COLT 101 Introduction to Comparitive Literature - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits

Explores why people tell stories as an effort to define themselves and their life journeys. This course examines cultural archetypes in several genres of literature by looking at pieces as varied as Homer’s Odyssey, Shakespeare’s plays, and the work of Gabriel García Márquez.