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Accuracy and Fluency

on 2012-06-17, 21:20
Accuracy and Fluency:

If you speak English with a high level of accuracy it means you speak correctly, with very few mistakes. If you speak fluently it means you speak easily, quickly and with few pauses.
The ideal is obviously to speak accurately and fluently but that will come after years of practice! This section will give you some tips on how to become a more accurate and fluent speaker, the important thing is to create a balance between the two.

*Accuracy:

Speaking with a high level of accuracy means making very few mistakes. This is easier said than done. So, what can you do to improve your level of accuracy when you speak English?
1-Even native speakers make mistakes when they speak in their own language, but they are always listening to themselves and correct themselves. Here are some tips to help you speak correctly.
2-Don’t worry about making mistakes, it’s normal, but...
3-Listen to your English when you speak and if you notice a mistake, correct it. If you don’t notice any mistakes, don’t worry.
4-Make a ‘my typical mistakes’ page in your notebook. Write down mistakes you often make and when you speak, listen out for those mistakes. If you always say ‘I must to go’, then write it down next to the correct version ‘I must go’ and listen out for this mistake when you speak.
5-Use grammar you know. If you use new grammar you don’t know for the first time in an exam, you will make more mistakes and find it more difficult to correct yourself.
6-Use words you know. Revise the vocabulary you learn in class and try to use new words again to help you remember them. If you don’t know an exact word, use a different word that you know.
7- Record yourself speaking and listen to yourself. Correct your mistakes and remember the good language to use again.
8-Take your time and think when you speak! If you speak too fast and don’t think about your language, you will make mistakes. However, don’t speak too slowly – you don’t want to sound like a robot.

*Fluency:

Fluency in a language means speaking easily, reasonably quickly and without having to stop and pause a lot. Becoming fluent in a language can take many years, but here are some tips to help you sound as natural as possible in speaking English.

1-Good speakers communicate and get t heir message across smoothly, even though they may make mistakes. Communication is the most important part of speaking and it is important to communicate your ideas as naturally as possible. Here are some tips to help you speak more fluently.
2-Use every opportunity in class to speak English. Speak to your classmates and your teacher in English. The more English you speak, the easier you will find speaking.
3-Be confident about speaking in English. You do know a lot of English – use your English and show the examiner what you know!
4-Be very clear about the message you want to communicate. That is your goal.
5-Don’t worry about making mistakes. The important thing is to communicate what you want to say.
6-Practise at home with a speaking game. ‘Speak for one minute without stopping about....’ Choose a topic, e.g. video games, and talk in English for one minute about video games without stopping.
7-Use little expressions like ‘Er’ or ‘Erm’ to fill the gaps while you are thinking about what to say.
8-Use communication strategies to make your English sound more natural.
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