Advanced Diction Exercices

I use the computer’s voice recorder for exercises 5, 6 and 7

The third series of exercises is intended for individuals who have been in speech therapy for some time. They are helpful in making speech more fluid. The voice recorder can identify pronunciation mistakes and measure progress.

  • Exercise 5 : Reading a New Text

The reader records himself with a computer or other device while reading a new text.  Upon listening to the recording, mispronounced words can be identified and used in exercise 2.

  • Exercise 6 : Reading a Known Text or Reciting a Poem Without Pronunciation Mistakes (once again, with a recorder)

I like to use a poem by Robert Frost

THE ROD NOT TAKEN

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

A sorry I could not travel both

And be traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth

Etc.

  • Exercise 7: Improvisation

This involves recounting a real or fictional event and recording it.  The recording reveals pronunciation errors as well as the degree of speech fluidity.  Before starting, it can be helpful to jot down some ideas to facilitate the exercise.

  • Exercise 8:  Finding Words

Aphasic individuals often have a word in mind, but are unable to express it.  This exercise aims to increase the ability of finding synonyms.   One must list a series of words and find synonyms for them.   The same is done with a written text, where the reader underlines words and finds their synonyms.