Study Guide

Field 119: Latin CST
Interpretive Oral Reading

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Directions for Interpretive Oral Reading Assignment

For the Interpretive Oral Reading section of the test, you will read aloud a passage in Latin presented on-screen.

At the conclusion of these directions, the test will automatically advance and the assignment will be presented on the next screen. Listen to the directions carefully. You may take up to 10 minutes to practice reading the passage. Please note that you are not required to take the entire 10 minutes; however, if you choose to advance to the next screen to start your oral reading before the preparation time is over, you will not be able to go back.

When the preparation time is over, you will be notified that your preparation time is complete and you should be ready to begin recording your oral reading. Watch the screen as the test advances and the Recorded Answer box is presented. You may take up to 5 minutes to record your oral reading. A sample of the Recorded Answer box appears below.

Recorded Answer Box

Monitor your recording time by referring to the Recorded Answer box. The time in the Recorded Answer box will count down from 300 seconds (5 minutes) and the status bar will fill as your recording time progresses.

When your recording time is over, the current status on the Recorded Answer box will change to "Completed," indicating the conclusion of the assignment. You will automatically be advanced to the next screen. DO NOT click the Next button unless you have finished recording your reading with time remaining and wish to move to the next screen. If you advance to the next screen with recording time remaining, you will not be able to go back.

Your oral reading will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

You may use either classical or ecclesiastical pronunciation, but whichever you choose, you should use it consistently.

You may use the erasable notebooklet provided to take notes; however, you will be scored only on the oral reading that is recorded in the exam. You will have only ONE opportunity to record your reading. Be sure that your microphone is in a downward position near your mouth before you begin speaking.

The screen will now advance and the Interpretive Oral Reading assignment will be presented.

Sample Interpretive Oral Reading Assignment

Competency 0003
Interpretive Oral Reading

[The examinee will see on screen and hear the following directions:]

You may take up to 10 minutes to practice reading the passage below written in dactylic hexameter. Then, the screen will automatically advance and recording will begin. When you see the Recorded Answer box appear on-screen below the passage, begin reading the passage aloud at normal speed with appropriate emphasis and expression, and with attention to pronunciation, syllabic stress, elisions, and meter. You may use either classical or ecclesiastical pronunciation, but whichever you choose, you should use it consistently. You may take up to 5 minutes to complete your reading. You will be told when the preparation time is over and the recording is about to begin. Begin practicing your reading of the passage now.

[The examinee will see on screen ONLY:]

[In this passage from Ovid's Metamorphoses, Echo sees Narcissus and falls in love with him.]

Ergō ubi Narcissum per dēvia rūra vagantem
vīdit et incaluit, sequitur vestīgia fūrtim,
quōque magis sequitur, flammā propiōre calēscit,
nōn aliter quam cum summīs circumlita taedīs
admōtās rapiunt vīvācia sulphura flammās.
Ō quotiēns voluit blandīs accēdere dictīs
et mollēs adhibēre precēs! Nātūra repugnat
nec sinit, incipiat, sed, quod sinit, illa parāta est
exspectāre sonōs, ad quōs sua verba remittat.
Forte puer comitum sēductus ab agmine fīdō
dīxerat, "Ecquis adest?" et "Adest," responderat Ēchō.
Hic stupet, utque aciem partēs dīmittit in omnēs,
vōce, "Venī!" magnā clāmat, vocat illa vocantem.
Respicit et rūrsus nūllō veniente, "Quid," inquit,
"mē fugis?" et totidem, quot dīxit, verba recēpit.

[After 10 minutes of silence, the examinee will hear:
"Your preparation time is now over. At the conclusion of these directions, the screen will automatically advance and recording will begin. Begin your oral reading when you see the Recorded Answer box presented on the next screen. Prepare to begin reading aloud now."]

[If examinee clicks "Next" before the preparation time is over, the following warning appears in a pop-up:
"You have chosen to begin your oral reading before your 10 minutes of preparation time has ended. If you click "Yes" below, the screen will advance and recording will automatically begin. Are you sure you want to begin your reading now?"]

DO NOT click the Next button unless you are ready to record your oral reading.

[The examinee will see on screen ONLY:]
Begin your oral reading of the passage now. You may take up to 5 minutes to complete your reading.

[bracketed intro text and Latin passage are repeated here on this screen]

Recorded Answer Box

DO NOT click the Next button unless you have finished recording your response.

[After five minutes of recording time, the current status on the Recorded Answer box will change to "Completed," indicating the conclusion of the oral reading assignment, and the examinee will automatically be advanced to the next screen.]

Sample Strong Response to Interpretive Oral Reading Assignment

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Rationale for Sample Strong Response to Interpretive Oral Reading Assignment

The response is an effective oral reading of the Latin passage delivered with coherence, ease of expression, and careful attention to Latin pronunciation conventions, syllabic stress, elisions, and meter. The candidate effectively expresses the meaning of the Latin passage using vocal tone and phrasing appropriate to the mood, sense, and meter.

In this reading, the candidate effectively uses logical placement and duration of pauses to group and phrase words that are syntactically and semantically linked. Overall, the response demonstrates a strong understanding of the Latin passage.

Performance Characteristics for Interpretive Oral Reading Assignment

The following characteristics guide the scoring of responses to the Interpretive Oral Reading assignment.

APPROPRIATENESS The extent to which the response is an oral reading of the Latin passage that demonstrates understanding of the passage
FLUENCY The extent to which the response is delivered with coherence and ease of expression, and with attention to Latin pronunciation conventions, syllabic stress, elisions, and where applicable, meter
EXPRESSIVENESS The extent to which the response expresses the meaning of the Latin passage using vocal tone and phrasing appropriate to the mood, sense, and where applicable, meter
PHRASING The extent to which the response uses logical placement and duration of pauses to group and phrase words that are syntactically and semantically linked

Score Scale for Interpretive Oral Reading Assignment

A score will be assigned to each response to the Interpretive Oral Reading assignment according to the following score scale.

Score Point Score Point Description
4 The "4" response reflects an effective oral reading of the Latin passage.
3 The "3" response reflects a generally effective oral reading of the Latin passage.
2 The "2" response reflects a partially effective oral reading of the Latin passage.
1 The "1" response reflects an ineffective oral reading of the Latin passage.
U The response is unscorable because it is inaudible or unintelligible, not related to the assignment, not spoken in the required language, or not of sufficient length to score.
B There is no response to the assignment.