Teacher’s voice quality and teaching effectiveness
The need for teachers to be effective in the course of lesson delivery cannot be over-emphasized. The voice with which the teacher carries out his professional task is vital to attaining effectiveness in teaching. The quality of the teacher’s voice is one aspect that is not given attention in the course of training teachers, so, the teacher carries out his tasks on daily basis with little or no attention given to his/her voice quality. This paper highlighted the various aspects of voice that need to be given attention to in order to attain effectiveness in teaching. The aspects discussed include: pitch, volume, tempo, articulation, pronunciation and fluency. It was concluded that teachers need to learn how to use their voices by constantly practicing and improving on the quality. It was therefore recommended that: voice training should be part of the curriculum of teacher education; in-service training on vocal delivery should be made available for practicing teachers across the various tiers of the educational system, and that teachers on their own can enrol for voice training exercises, listen to good speakers, in order for them to improve on the quality of their teaching voice.
Keywords: Voice, Teacher’s Voice Quality, Teaching Effectiveness