The Importance Of Speaking Fluency In English

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Enhancing EFL learners' speaking proficiency and fluency has always drawn the attention of both learners and specially instructors. Becoming a more fluent speaker of English is a very highly ranked goal among learners of English. The learners should bear in mind that becoming a fluent speaker of a language is a gradual process which requires a lot of persistence and practice. Fluency and accuracy can be regarded as two opposing plates of a weighing scale: as one side goes up, the other goes down. The learners maybe able to significantly increase their fluency by temporarily disregarding accuracy. We can only help our students become fluent after we have enlarged and restructured our concept of what fluency means. Since the instructors
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1), and it can be beneficial to learners’ academic achievement as well as professional success (Saunders & O’Brien, 2006). As an important aspect of language skills, English speaking should not be devalued but be “developed in its own right” (Goh, 2005, p. 105). Therefore, good speaking competence is essential to English learners, especially for those English majors at normal universities, for English teaching is likely to be their lifelong career.
(Chambers, 1997,p.536) contrasting fluency to accuracy, There has been a remarkable use of the word fluency in ELT contexts.
Speaking competence mainly covers speaking accuracy and fluency.
Speaking accuracy indicates “the extent to which the language produced conforms to target language norms” (Yuan & Ellis, 2003, p. 2), which involves the correct use of pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar. Speaking fluency refers to the ability to produce the spoken language “without undue pausing or hesitation” (Skehan, 1996, p. 22).
Concerning improving speaking fluency and accuracy, Wang (2007) stated that speaking occurs spontaneously and transiently in real time, so producing spoken language can be very time-constraint. They could be influenced by cognitive factors, linguistic factors and affective
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