1. Use punctuation to help you decide where to pause when you read
You have 30 – 40 seconds to look at the text before the microphone opens, so use this to break the text up into meaningful chunks, using the punctuation as a guide. This will show you the places where you can make a tiny pause and alter your intonation.
2. Stress the words that carry important information
When you read the text, stress the words that help to convey meaning, by reading them in a slightly louder voice and adding emphasis to key syllables, e.g, development. Also use rising and falling intonation patterns to show how the ideas are linked or are coming to an end.
Look at the patterns in this text; the stressed words are underlined, and the rising and falling intonation is marked by up and down arrows:
The development of easy-to-use statistical software ↓ has changed the way statistics is being taught and learned ↓. Students can make transformations of variables ↑ , create graphs of distributions of variables ↑, and select among statistical analyses ↓ all at the click of a button ↓. However ↓, even with these advancements ↓, students sometimes find statistics to be an arduous task ↓.
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