Crystal Clear


This activity focuses on improving students’ enunciation and clarity in speech. This is crucial for debate, as clear communication ensures that the message is effectively transmitted to the judges and the audience, increasing the likelihood of successful persuasion.


This activity is beneficial for all students, especially those who struggle with speaking clearly, too quickly, or pronouncing words correctly, as it reinforces the importance of clear and concise communication in debate.

Learning Outcomes

  • Enhanced Enunciation: Develop precise articulation and clear pronunciation of words.
  • Improved Pace and Rhythm: Learn to maintain an appropriate speech rate and rhythm, ensuring optimal comprehension.
  • Increased Vocal Variety: Cultivate an engaging vocal range and dynamic tone to maintain audience interest.
  • Enhanced Audience Connection: Foster a deeper connection with the audience through effective communication skills.


  1. Introduction to Enunciation: Explain to students the importance of clear enunciation in debate, emphasizing how it aids in understanding and persuasion. Discuss common issues like mumbling, speaking too quickly, or mispronunciation, and how they can hinder effective communication.
  2. Warm-Up Exercises: Start with some vocal exercises to relax the vocal cords and enhance articulation. These could include tongue twisters, breathing exercises, and vowel/consonant repetitions. Example Tongue Twisters:
    • How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?
    • Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
    • She sells seashells by the seashore.
    • How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
    • Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear. Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair. Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t very fuzzy, was he?
    • I saw Susie sitting in a shoeshine shop.
  3. Clarity in Practice: Have students select a passage from a book, an article, or a debate speech. They will read the passage aloud, focusing on enunciating each word clearly and maintaining a steady pace.
  4. Feedback Loop: After each student has read their selected passage, encourage peer feedback focusing on clarity, pace, and enunciation. Discuss areas of improvement and strategies for enhancement.
  5. Speed and Clarity Challenge: Engage students in a fun activity where they will read tongue twisters or complex passages increasingly faster while maintaining clear enunciation. Reward the student who can speak the fastest while remaining understandable.
  6. Reflection and Goal Setting: Conclude the activity with a reflective discussion on the importance of clear enunciation in effective communication and debate. Encourage students to set personal goals related to improving their clarity and enunciation.

Additional Tips:

  • Encourage students to practice enunciation exercises at home, such as repeating difficult words or practicing tongue twisters.
  • Remind students to be conscious of their enunciation during debates and to adjust their speech accordingly based on audience reactions.
  • Regularly incorporate small enunciation exercises into class routines to continually reinforce the importance of clear speech.

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