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Voice Inflection Activity

Voice Inflection Activity

Students identify key words and practice using voice inflection to stress the key words. An ESL oral presentation skills activity.

Level:  Any

Topic:  Voice

Time:  20 minutes


  • Make one copy of the Handout for each student.
  • Make one copy of the Key for the teacher.



Explain the importance of voice inflection when giving a speech.

Voice inflection is the way we change the tone of our voice to emphasize key words. It makes the speech more interesting and helps the audience understand what you are saying. Stress key words, numbers, and adjectives.


Give a handout to each student. Ask students to underline key words, numbers, and adjectives.


Ask students to get a partner and take turns saying the sentences with proper voice inflection.


Then, assign each student a different sentence. Ask the students one by one to go to the front of the classroom to try his or her sentence. Students should also remember to practice proper posture, eye contact, and gestures.


Continue with each student until all the students have had a chance to go to the front of the classroom.


During a speech, you should speak louder than your normal speaking voice and pause between thoughts. This makes your speech more interesting and easier for the audience to understand.

Extended Practice

Ask students to discuss how they felt about the voice inflection activity.

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