This book examines how to communicate information effectively to students, and considers how strong communication skills can support children and maximize learning.

What Techniques Develop Speaking?

What techniques develop speaking?

This chapter:

  • shows that to focus on children's speech may seem old-fashioned, but that the pay-off in enhanced comprehension is substantial
  • examines voice control and variation techniques that make words come alive
  • suggests exercises that can be practised at regular intervals for 5–10 minutes, resulting in, for instance, a chance for the group or class to bond together in choral speaking.

Attitudes to Speaking Well

Speaking involves more muscles than any other human activity, and yet we probably dismiss people who exercise these as rather odd. But as a colleague once remarked, Why should P.E. stop at the neck? Children need technical practice to gain control and flexibility in speech as well as in sports, music, art and design, which also depend on ...

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