Teaching & Learning


Using your voice effectively and effortlessly whilst teaching 14 Nov

14 November 2018, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

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You will learn how to protect and develop your voice for teaching in this workshop led by UCL Arena Centre.

Event Information

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UCL Arena Centre


Arena Room, 10th Floor
1-19 Torrington Place, London
United Kingdom

Wednesday 14 November 13:00 - 14:00

UCL Arena Centre are delivering this session, which is open to all staff at UCL who want to enhance their vocal and presentation skills. 

In this workshop you will be introduced to the biomechanics of the voice and exercises that help improve posture, breathing, control of the voice and address vocal problems.

You will learn basic vocal techniques of support, projection, tension release, and proper placement in order to protect, enhance and use your teaching voice for maximum impact.

You should wear comfortable clothes and footwear to facilitate movement and breathing. 

This workshop will cover four key areas: 

  1. Why your voice is important in teaching (including common problems experienced by lecturers)
  2. Fundamentals of voice production: correct breathing and posture for speech (including breathing and relaxation exercises) 
  3. Voice projection and control (including vocal warm-up exercises)
  4. Tips for healthy voice management.

After attending this session you will

  • have a basic understanding of how voice production works 
  • be able to use a range of breathing, relaxation and vocal exercises to support your teaching 
  • practice different ways of using their teaching voices 
  • know how to reduce vocal strain 

Who should attend

Postgraduate Teaching Assistants and all early career educators will find this session particularly useful.

About the Speaker

Dr Metaxia Pavlakou

Teaching Fellow at UCL

Metaxia joined UCL Arena Centre last April as a Research Fellow working on the evaluation of the Connected Curriculum Framework. She has a background in Music Education and Psychology of Music and many years of teaching experience in primary and secondary education. Currently she is a Teaching Fellow involved in the Gateway and TAP courses in Arena One.