Why acoustics are important for learning
“I’m sorry. Can you repeat that?”
How many times has that phrase silently crossed our minds – or has even been spoken out loud – while we listened to a presentation or lecture? Often, when there is only one person speaking to many people, it is common for some of the words to get lost within the sounds of the room.
Whether it is other audience members talking amongst themselves or a faulty microphone being used by a teacher or presenter, words sometimes fall on deaf ears and cannot be re-iterated or re-emphasised when needed. This has become so common that a recent study revealed that children tend to miss 25% of the words spoken by their teachers.