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New Directions for Oral Interpretation


The forensic community is currently facing many difficult challenges. Many stigmas have been placed in the world of oral interpretation. The nature of oral interpretation is to educate students through the use of literature. Regardless of the literature used, students have the ability to grow from this material. However, we as coaches and judges have taken a more negative approach to this concept. Words such as recycle and trite have taken the place of more important words like education and research.

It is important for us to look at the reasons why we have taken this approach to oral interpretation and see what possible solutions we may be able to derive. Above all else, we need to remember that we are here to educate students and help them to achieve their goals (rather than ours). The following will examine some current issues facing the oral interpretation community and some possible solutions to these problems. Obviously, when looking at such a subjective event as oral interpretation, no group will ever reach a unanimous decision on how to solve these problems. Perhaps through examining these concerns, we may be able to provide for a more equal criteria for judging, and create less frustration and disappointment for competitive students.

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