Clarity of Speech

Clarity of Speech. It is important that presenters project their voices, speak clearly and use few filler words or "verbalized pauses" (e.g. like, um, so).

For example, presenters are clearly heard and understood throughout the presentation. Audience members are not distracted from the content of the presentation by the overuse of filler words, mumbling, speaking too fast or slow.

Rubric Rating Video Examples
Highest Rating:

Presenters project their voices, speak clearly and use few filler words (e.g. like, um, so).

Throughout this presentation students speak clearly and demand attention as they share information, with the exception of one young man who gets stuck. Scoring this presentation as a whole, however, should not penalize the entire group’s presentation for one person forgetting their piece of the presentation.
Mid-level Rating:

A mid-level rating on the Clarity of Speech indicator would occur when the quality of speaker's projection and clarity varies across the speakers. Presenters are not clearly heard throughout the entire presentation and at times audience members are distracted by the overuse of filler words, mumbling, speaking too fast or too slow.

Quality of projection and clarity varies across speakers. Throughout the presentation the speakers go in and out of projecting their voice. Speakers  blend words together making it difficult to understand certain components of the presentation. 

Lowest Rating:

To receive the lowest rating in this domain, most presenters fail to project their voice or speak clearly and there are an abundance of verbalized pauses and filler words. Audience is largely distracted from the content of the presentation because the speech of the presenters is unclear throughout the presentation.

In the presentation below the speaker's volume is very low and is difficult to hear. The speaker does not project his voice and uses many filler words. He looks down and mumbles as he reads.