School of Library and Information Studies

LIS 402/510 Outline

Course Outline

Fall 2010
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30-10:50 am
Rutherford South 3-22


Gail de Vos
Home: 1-780-797-3949

Office hours: by appointment

Calendar Description:

To examine the past and present forms of storytelling: the oral tradition, the function of the storyteller, the selection of materials and the techniques of telling and listening to stories.


  1. To develop an appreciation of storytelling as a communication art and the role of traditional literature in popular culture.
  2. To explore the place and function of storytelling in the library, the classroom and the community at large.
  3. To develop knowledge of the literature suitable for storytelling and of the professional literature of the field.
  4. To provide experience in selection, preparation, and presentation of stories and storytelling programmes.
  5. To learn to tell stories in an effective manner. In order to fulfil this objective, some class time will be used to practice the qualities of oral language arts in an informal and safe setting.


  1. Resources for the storyteller.
  2. The literature of storytelling.
  3. Methods of selection and preparation of stories.
  4. Traditional literature.
  5. Storytelling practice.


Lectures, background readings, oral and written assignments, storytelling demonstrations, class presentations, audio visual aids.


Both oral and written work are assigned. Oral work provides the essential practice in preparing and presenting stories to an audience. Written work provides experience in selecting and evaluating storytelling materials and resources. ALL WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS MUST BE TYPED AND HANDED IN DURING CLASS TIME ON THEIR DUE DATES. A 10% PENALTY FOR LATENESS PER DAY WILL BE ENFORCED.

Course Relationships:

LIS 501 (prereq for 510 students only)


Evaluation will be based on a total of 100 raw score points.

Raw Score Letter Grade Description
96-100 A+

Outstanding achievement. Demonstrates full command of the course materials and evinces a high level of originality and/or creativity that far surpasses course expectations.

93-95 A

Excellent achievement. Exceeds course expectations by completing all requirements in a superior manner.

87-92 A- Excellent. Demonstrates thorough knowledge of the course materials.
83-86 B+

Very Good work. Above average comprehension of course materials.

78-82 B

Meets designated course expectations and demonstrates strong understanding of course materials.

73-77 B- Good understanding of course materials.
69-72 C+ Satisfactory.
64-68 C Satisfactory.
59-63 C-

Marginal work. Student performance demonstrates an incomplete understanding of course materials.

55-59 D+

Unsatisfactory work. Demonstrates incomplete and inadequate understanding of course materials.

50-54 D Minimal pass.
less than 50 F Fail.

Inclusive Language & Equity:

The Faculty of Education is committed to providing an environment of equality and respect for all people within the university community, and to educating faculty, staff and students in developing teaching and learning contexts that are welcoming to all. The Faculty recommends that students and staff use inclusive language to create a classroom atmosphere in which students' experiences and views are treated with equal respect and value in relation to their gender, racial background, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds. Students who require accommodations in this course due to a disability affecting mobility, vision, hearing, learning, or mental or physical health are advised to discuss their needs with Specialized Support and Disability Services.

Academic Integrity

The University of Alberta is committed to the highest standards of academic integrity and honesty. Students are expected to be familiar with these standards regarding academic honesty and to uphold the policies of the University in this respect. Students are particularly urged to familiarize themselves with the provisions of the Code of Student Behaviour (online at and avoid any behaviour which could potentially result in suspicions of cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation of facts and/or participation in an offence. Academic dishonesty is a serious offence and can result in suspension or expulsion from the University.

*Policy about course outlines can be found in Section 23.4(2) of the University Calendar.