UNDERSTAND VOCAL INFLECTION 5.6
Goal: To improve social-relationship skills
Objective(s): The student will be able to identify a variety of vocal inflections.
1. Identify different tones of voice.
2. Identify the feeling of that tone (angry, sad, tense, happy, etc.).
3. Match vocal inflection to feeling.
Definition: Vocal inflection is the use of voice tone to get across what you mean when you talk.
Rationale: Discuss importance of recognizing others' feelings by vocal inflection.
• Review benefits of good listening skills.
• Students generate a list of where/when they have had experiences of listening to use of vocal inflection.
Set the Stage:
• Teacher introduces the concept of how people sound when they are "happy", "sad", etc.
• Tape record TV program to listen to for vocal inflections.
Model/Role-play with Feedback
• Have students practice various tones of voice while observing their own facial expressions in the mirror.
• Have students take turns being "Judge" where they have to guess who spoke without seeing the speaker.
• Students may make tape recordings of themselves, teachers, or others in various situations. The group decides what emotion is being expressed.
• With a tape recorder, have students practice giving the same message in various tones of voice.
• Teacher demonstrates various vocal inflections. Students determine what "message" or feeling is being sent.
Application with Feedback
• Teacher reads script cards or short sentences using different vocal inflections. Have students identify the intended inflection and rate each other on their success
• Cooperating adult gives message over intercom. Ask students to identify vocal inflection and reason for it.
• Watch portion of a taped TV show. Pause tape and have students identify vocal inflection.
• Pair students off. Send them to observe a situation (e.g., recess, lunch, etc.). Ask them to note the vocal inflections they observe and come back and compare notes.