Use and Care of Voice for Teachers
Duration | 45 minutes
COMING SOON: Use and Care of Voice for Teachers
“Teachers are at least eight times more likely to have voice problems than other workers.” (The Association of Teachers and Lecturers, 2016)
As a teacher, the most important tool you have is your voice. You use it to question, clarify, challenge and engage. You use your voice to provoke thinking and manage behaviour. You rely on your voice in the classroom, you might even take it for granted. But what happens if you suffer problems with your voice or, worse, lose it completely?
It’s very hard to teach if you have no voice.
A study from Greenwich University found that 50% of NQTs suffer from voice loss in their first year in teaching (Martin, 2003). However, it’s not just new teachers who are affected, many experienced teachers suffer voice problems too. A survey conducted by the Royal National Institute of the Deaf found that teachers in almost 60% of schools complain of vocal problems. Resulting staff absence has a cost of around £15 million a year (Paver, 2011).
It is well recognised that voice training is important for new teachers, however this is currently only addressed by some initial teacher education programmes.
Also lacking at present is an affordable and accessible refresher course – something that the Association of Teachers and Lecturers has identified as necessary to support teachers in protecting their voicees when they are required to speak for a large proportion of their working day.
The new Use and Care of Voice for Teachers course is designed to support your classroom practice by giving you the knowledge needed to use your voice effectively. It will help develop your understanding of how to use your voice to engage your learners and it offers advice on how to care for your voice should vocal problems arise.
Course learning outcomes address:
- Voice production
- Posture and breathing
- Audibility and vocal variety
- Non-verbal communication
- The impact of the physical environment
- How to avoid vocal fatigue
- What to do when voice problems hit
Use and Care of Voice for Teachers is suitable for educators in all sectors – from early years establishments to higher education institutions. The course takes approximately 45 minutes to complete, with opportunities to personalise the learning journey depending on learner needs.
Use and Care of Voice for Teachers is a simple, cost effective way to minimise the likelihood of vocal problems of teachers within any educational context, thereby improving classroom presence and reducing absenteeism.
Martin, S. (2002) An exploration of factors which have an impact on vocal performance and vocal effectiveness of newly qualified teachers/lecturers. Available at: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/8761/5/Stephanie%20Parke%20Martin%202003%20-%20redacted.pdf[Accessed: 23/09/18].
National Education Union (2016) Voice Care. Available at: https://www.atl.org.uk/advice-and-resources/health-and-safety/voice-care[Accessed: 23/09/18].
Paver, C. (2011) Can you hear me at the back? Available at: http://.catherinepaver.com/20110121.html[Accessed: 23/09/18].
van Houtte, E,; Claeys, S.; Wuyts, F. & van Lierde, K. (2012) ‘Voice disorders in teachers: occupational risk factors and psycho-emotional factors’ in Logoped Phoiatr Vocol. 37(3): 107-16. doi: 10.3109/14015439.2012.660499. Epub 2012 Mar 20.