Speech and Drama

Syllabus News 2020


It is essential that teachers and candidates refer to the 2019 Manual of Syllabuses (Speech & Drama Syllabuses) for specific AMEB exam requirements. The Manual is available in print form or as a digital file (PDF format) in individual syllabuses or instrument families.

Speech & Performance (formerly Drama & Performance) – revised syllabus

In 2018 an evaluation of the Drama and Performance syllabus was undertaken and as a result this syllabus has been renamed: from 2019 it will be known as the Speech & Performance syllabus. The syllabus reference book list and some syllabus wording have been updated as part of the revision. In addition, the following changes have been made:

All grades – The timing requirements for various questions/sections within the exam have been altered. Some question parameters have also changed [see individual grades in the 2019 Speech & Performance syllabus for details].

Level 3 Diplomas – The ADPA (Associate in Drama & Performance, Australia) and LDPA (Licentiate in Drama & Performance, Australia) will now become the Associate in Speech & Performance, Australia (ASPA) and the Licentiate in Speech & Performance, Australia (LSPA).

Transition Arrangements – The Speech & Performance (2019 syllabus) will be examined concurrently with the Drama & Performance syllabus that last appeared in the 2018 Speech & Drama Manual for two years after the release of the revised syllabus. No combination of the syllabuses is permitted. From the start of 2021 the ‘old’ Drama & Performance syllabus will no longer be available for examination.

Associate and Licentiate Diplomas – Candidates who commence their ADPA or LDPA before 2021 will be able to complete their diploma within the time frames outlined by Regulation 20.

Written Diploma Exams – Speech & Drama Written Diploma exams (ADPA/ASPA and LDPA/LSPA) are available on application. Candidates will be responsible for arranging the venue and suitable supervision. However, it is possible to apply to sit Written Diploma exams on 21 August at an AMEB Victoria Written Exam Centre.

LDPA/LSPA Dissertation – Candidates for the LDPA/LSPA examination are able to enrol for Section III at a time of their choice and are required to submit their dissertation within six weeks of enrolling. This does not vary the requirement to have the dissertation topic approved by the AMEB prior to commencement of the dissertation.

Drama & Communication – revised syllabus

In 2017 and 2018 the Drama & Communication syllabus was part of the Recital exam trial. The Recital exam trial has now concluded, but elements from the trial have now been incorporated as options in the full syllabus. An evaluation of the full syllabus has resulted in a revision that allows individual candidates, as well as duos and larger groups, to undertake exams in this syllabus. The syllabus now has additional flexibility, allowing all candidates to pick from three different syllabus program structures [see the syllabus itself for specific details]. The time allowed for Drama & Communication exams at Grades 2, 5 and 6 has also changed [see Regulation 13 for details]. Some other question parameters have also been altered/updated [see individual grades of the 2019 Drama & Communication syllabus for details] and the syllabus now features a refreshed reference book list.

Transition Arrangements – The revised Drama & Communication (2019 syllabus) will be examined concurrently with the Drama & Communication syllabus that last appeared in the 2018 Speech & Drama Manual for two years after the release of the revised syllabus. No combination of the syllabuses is permitted. From the start of 2021 the ‘old’ Drama & Communication syllabus will no longer be available for examination.

Voice & Communication

For 2019 the reference book list for the Voice & Communication syllabus has been updated. In addition, some question parameters have also been altered/updated [see the individual grades in the Voice & Communication syllabus for 2019 requirements].

APCA Folio: All APCA candidates are able to enrol for Part Two: Written at a time of their choice and are required to submit their folio within six weeks of enrolling. This does not vary the requirement to have the folio topic approved by the AMEB prior to commencement of the folio.

Speech & Performance Theory

Speech & Performance Theory now features an updated Reference book list. There have also been changes to the following two questions in Grade 6 and Grade 7 respectively:

Grade 6 Question 1, Foundations (a) – The length of the passage to be transcribed has been changed from 50 to 40 words.

Grade 7 Question 1, Foundations (a) – The length of the passage to be transcribed has now been given as 50 words (previously no word length was given).

It is essential that teachers and candidates refer to the 2019 Manual of Syllabuses (Speech & Drama Syllabuses) for specific AMEB exam requirements. The Manual is available in print form or as a digital file (PDF format) in individual syllabuses or instrument families. The 2019 Manual of Syllabuses: Speech and Drama is available in hard copy of digital (PDF) formats from AMEB Connect.

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