I'm teaching rhythm. Rhythm is the most important thing to learn to sound clear. Really! It's the strangest language. All other languages take longer to say the more words you say. Not English. "Students liked my class." "Most of my students should have liked this class." There are lots of reductions: Shoulda, woulda, coulda!
We start with songs. I play them and they mark the stressed words: Every TIME i LOOK in the MIRror....All these LINES on my FACE GETting CLEARer...the PAST is GONE! Steve Tyler sang the original rock ballad in 1972!!!!!!!!! Really! It's still a great song. And imagine how clear those lines are in his face today!