Why Art Thou So Boring, Sir? RSC SPEECH LESSONS FOR TIRED TEACHERS

Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England), January 7, 2007 | Go to article overview

Why Art Thou So Boring, Sir? RSC SPEECH LESSONS FOR TIRED TEACHERS


Byline: BY BOB HAYWOOD

ACTING UP: RSC tutors are showing teachers how to prohect their voice in their classroom

STUDENTS bored with lessons are being livened up - thanks to the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Voice coaches at the world-renowned theatre company in Stratford-upon-Avon have started to train teachers on how to stop pupils nodding off.

The RSC tutors normally teach actors and actresses how to project their voices to enthral theatre audiences watching Shakespeare plays.

But the company is now running workshops to make teachers more aware of how to turn their droning tones into a more effective communication tool.

Lyn Darnley, head of voice at the RSC, said: "I've seen teachers lose control of a class as a direct result of poor voice projection.

"Women's voices, in particular, can become very high-pitched when they are tense. This undermines their status among pupils and can lead to bad behaviour."

The tedium of boring lessons has already led to Sussex University teaching voice coaching to trainee and qualified teachers to make learning more interesting.

Science lecturer James Williams said: "You wouldn't expect a surgeon to be taught anatomy but not how to use a scalpel. …

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