Intonation Teacher Resources
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High schoolers read the poem,"ottos mops", by Ernst Jandl, focusing on their pronunciation of the short 'o' and long 'o' sounds. They use comprehension strategies to interpret the poem, and change interpretation of the poem using different intonations.
Students explore the ways in which voice quality and intonation can convey meaning.
Students respond to exercises using ear-training software as they decide whether notes are sharp or flat. They create their own examples using the tuning function on a synthesizer.
Pupils develop their listening strategies, by raising their awareness of intonation at discourse level, particularly pitch level.
Pupils listen to pitches and determine if they are in tune, flat or sharp. Using Aurelia computer software and playing as a band, students practice pitch theory, and play two-octave major scales. They practice and discuss how to tune instruments and improve their pitch.
Students in ESOL classes practice communication skills using voice intonation patterns. Using various patterns, they practice sentences with rising and falling intonations. With partners, students read passages orally with emphasis and intonation.
In this listening learning exercise, students will complete a chart identifying which of 5 speakers communicated each of the 18 statements. The corresponding radio broadcast can be found at:http://www.bbclearningenglish.com/business/wab/ramfiles/prog2.ram
Emerging readers practice reading fluency. First, they listen to the teacher and classmates model fluent reading, and then they practice fluent oral reading with a partner. To close the day, they participate in a Reader's Theatre based on "Rude Giants."
This idea is very similar to many devices on the market that are intended to guide or assist youngsters in reading. At a learning center, the child listens to a story on headphones while he reads along with a visual text. The emphasis in this activity is placed on having the child read with intonation, correct pacing, and fluency.
Practice is a great way to build skills in reading with fluency and intonation. In leveled pairs, learners read a simple passage pausing as indicated by the marks on the page. They take turns reading the passage until they are both fluent. Tip: Actors need to read scripts over and over to practice their fluency and intonation too. Why not turn simple reading passages into mini scripts? More fun and engaging.
Second graders explore about persuasive writing through analyzing television commercials. They create their own commercial. Students decide if the commercials are good or service is being advertised. They explore how facial expressions and voice intonation influences the audience to buy goods/service.
Students prepare and re-tell stories through role play. They use dialogue and narrative from the text and practice reading aloud while using intonation and expression appropriate to the grammar and punctuation.
Students practice speaking with emotion. In this speaking skills lesson, students listen to an example dialogue using emotion. Students then practice dialogues incorporating strong emotion. Students write a dialogue with emotion in the word choice and watch an online video of how accents effect the delivery of emotion.
Students rehearse scripts by recording themselves on audiotape and then playing it back to self-assess strengths and weaknesses.
Fourth graders, after reading with intonation and expression the book, "Richie's Rocket," by Joan Anderson, circulate in centers to create a puzzle with emotions and experiences from the ideas in the story, write the definition of words down, write each word in a complete sentence as well as list a synonym for each word. They also create a short dramatic scene from the book.
Have the class practice reading out loud to increase oral reading speed, prosody, intonation, and accuracy. They work with teachers or volunteers as they read select passages aloud. As they read, mistakes are marked, assessed, and discussed in order to help them progress as smooth and fluent oral readers.
Reading out loud can be a real thrill for some, and a real issue for others. Teach your class that reading with inflection and fluency can be as easy as singing a song. They'll first analyze two Bobby McFerrin songs for intonation, pitch, tone, and tempo. They'll then build similar criteria to judge their reading with. They'll read parts of the book James and the Giant Peach while thinking about their reading like they would their singing.
Students sing a song performing rhythms accurately with a steady beat, pitches accurately with excellent intonation, and a clear, focused tone in this music instructional activity for the high school Choir class. The instructional activity includes grading rubric.