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What is Fluency? When Does It Matter?

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What is Fluency? When Does It Matter?

The definition of fluency, like art, lies in the eye, or rather, the ear of the beholder. Eva Sandoval notes in her internet article, “How do we measure language fluency?” that fluency has been defined as being “native-level proficient.” Daniel Morgan -head of learning development at the Shenker Institutes of English – says that fluency actually refers to how “smoothly” and “efficiently” a second language (L2) speaker can speak on “a range of topics in real time.” In other words, can the L2 be understood, and how clearly?

Being understood does not always demand accuracy since the native speaker can often correct what they hear in real time. For example, if someone says: “He go bank;” “I hungry;” or “Where shopping?” the native speaker can usually understand and respond. If the L2 simply wants to communicate in social settings, then he/she may be satisfied with this level. However, if the speaker needs to communicate for business, or wishes to develop more complex relationships, then he/she will need to improve his grammatical range. Clear tools for assessment of Common Reference Levels for language learners can be obtained from The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) website at languages/level-descriptions

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
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According to research from the University of Cambridge English Language Assessment, it takes 200 guided hours for a motivated learner to advance from one level to the next. The key word is “motivated.” Keeping a student motivated to push through the plateaus of their language learning odyssey and reach the next level requires those tasked with guiding them to maintain the student’s attention and momentum at all times. At Lexica we are dedicated to helping teachers learn and use over 30 different methods to propel their students over all language comprehension hurdles and help each student reach their individual fluency goal.

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