Elocution is proper speaking in pronunciation, grammar, style, and tone. An elocutionist, one who studies elocution, may determine a person's geographic or cultural origin by his or her speaking manner.
The play Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw and its musical adaptation My Fair Lady, feature an elocutionist, Professor Henry Higgins, who makes a bet that he can transform a poor, lower class cockney flower girl into an accepted member of upper class society by teaching her the appropriate manner of speaking and behaving.
Ebenezer Porter, was a teacher of elocution and rhetoric at Andover Theological Seminary in Massachusetts.
He was interested in elocution as a vehicle for “homiletics, preaching and public prayer.” He found his seminary students to be lacking in their oratory and elocutionary abilities, so he wrote a textbook to be used with them and other students attending academic institutions to improve their speaking skills.
Elocution books were written by Comstock and others to provide teachers with scientific information about the anatomy of speech as well as with practice and educational materials for improving their students’ speech and oral reading.
Elocution is for both adults and children who want to improve their voice, accent or public speaking.
Elocution coaches can help with a wide variety of elocution and voice issues and cater for all ages from young children to business clients.
Accordingly, we believe that paced elocution (eg a lesson a week) is infinitely more effective than intensive courses which do not allow the student time to naturalize to the new vocabulary, mouth/tongue positions and to apply the improved grammar and expanded vocabulary covered in the lessons.
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