USE VOCAL INFLECTION EFFECTIVELY 5.7
Goal: To improve social-relationship skills
Objective(s): The student will be able to use vocal inflection to express self.
1. Decide what you want to communicate (anger, assertiveness, need for help).
2. Think about the best tone to match your feeling.
3. Think about the setting you are in (place, people, time).
4. Decide if it is the appropriate tone to use.
Definition: Using vocal inflection effectively means matching the tone of your voice to your feeling or message. Teacher introduces the concept of how verbal and non-verbal messages need to match in order for there to be good communication.
Rationale: Using the right voice is important when you are talking to people:
a. Do you like to listen to people who talk so softly you can hardly hear what they're saying?
b. Do you like to talk to people who talk very loudly?
Have students discuss how important vocal inflection is in getting their message across.
• Students list/brainstorm where/when it's necessary to use vocal inflection to get their message across.
Set the Stage:
• Teacher demonstrates "mixed" messages to the class in his/her vocal inflection.
Model/Role-play with Feedback
• Have student role play sending/receiving mixed messages.
• Play a scene from a TV show or movie. Then turn off the sound and have students give the message with a different inflection; discuss how successful it was.
• Play an audio or video tape and have students imitate the emotions being expressed in the scene.
• Discrimination practice: Teacher talks in a voice (the right voice, too loud, or too soft). Students identify.
Application with Feedback
• Provide students with script cards or short sentence to read using different vocal inflections. Have other students identify the vocal inflection and rate each other on success.
• Tape record students reading script cards or sentences with different vocal inflections. Have students evaluate their own performance.
• Assign students to look for examples of people using vocal inflection to reinforce their messages. Report back to class.
• Speaking during class discussion
• Saying pledge of allegiance