Elocution may be defined as communication skill through speech and eloquent gestures. In the practical world communication skills are vital to live, mingle and achieve desired goals. Children must learn a language to communicate and express their feeling when meeting and mingling with others. Elocution is a quality which one should achieve consciously and sometimes unconsciously following certain methods. This article is to describe some elocution lessons and tips in order to reach such specific goals.
For elocution tips you must move in two directions of which one refers to speech and the other to gestures. You have a language which you use to speak and when you want to communicate with others. When you speak you use different parts of your buccal cavity which includes your tongue, teeth, vocal chords etc. People can understand what you say when you address them if your speech is clear and distinct and if your speech does not produce overlapped sounds. Hence it is expected that your pronunciation should be tolerably loud and of course clear.
Modulation of your voice is very significant. Your voice will show an expression when you are terrified facing a poisonous snake and again another expression when you score a goal in a football match. In such cases your modulation is automatic. Now suppose you are a guide in a tourist company or a reader at a news channel. In the first one you have to be courteous and soft spoken while for the other you have to be articulate and strong in your voice and diction. Next is the question of accent. It is demanded that you should know which of the syllables will get more emphasis so that you can communicate what you actually want to. Hence intonation at the right break in words shows how adept you are in a particular language.
Gestures refer to language of the body. Yes, different parts of your body and/or their simplest movement possess capacity to communicate something. When people watch you delivering some speech from the pulpit of a stage before them they follow movement of your body which produces messages. You must learn to use it properly. Parent should encourage children to take part in the school elocution contests as it helps one in developing skills necessary for one’s very existence. If children participate in elocution contests organized by the school they are associated with some kind of confidence building process which is extremely necessary right communication. Generally the topics of the contests are provided well in advance and children get sufficient time to get ready. For this they must collect sufficient data and fit them logically and rehearse the topics a number of times. During the rehearsals they should verify consciously if they are delivering the speech confidently and interestingly and if they are successfully using their hands, eyes and pouts with minimum locomotion needed to stir the audience.
Sometimes children are provided a few unseen topics and extempore elocution speeches. It is a challenge and children should happily accept choosing one of the topics which may seem comparatively easier and convenient to impress the listeners. The little time which children will get must be used to frame the continuous logic of the probable speech and to create the attractive introduction and winning conclusion. The content will work better if it contains wit & humor and facts with a responsible tone and a positive attitude prominently expressed always.
Poems for elocution possess worth for consideration. Many persons whom we respect for their contribution in the sphere of theatre, movie or such other performing arts have spent hours after hours in their formative period reciting from Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, Byron, Browning, Whitman and Eliot. Their preparation in pronunciation to modulation has been assisted by the great works of the poets. Children may start with the wonderful nursery rhymes and gradually practice poems of Lewis Carroll, R. L. Stevenson, Robert Southey, Wordsworth, Edward Lear and William Blake.
Yes, success in elocution demands serious practices and careful guidance of responsible and expert teachers.