techniques and real-life situations
You see, the things you need are a thorough knowledge of fluency
techniques and the experience of using them in real-life situations.
classroom practice be practical for learners who arent
fluent at all?
Of course, classroom sessions can set up mock conversational
situations and get you to take part in them. But if you want
to take part in a mock conversational practice session, and if you want to contribute something to that session in English,
shouldnt you already know how to speak English
spontaneously at least somewhat fluently? Otherwise,
how will you be able to take your turn and say something meaningful
that a few people (who cant speak fluent English) keep
getting together and keep speaking among themselves in broken
English for a few months. Are they going to pick up the skill
of speaking fluent English from this sort of
practice? Wont they only be getting more and more used
to their broken English habit and other bad
speech habits? Instead of breaking those habits?
see, thats why the most important thing you should do
first is to learn fluency techniques.
can help only with accuracy Not fluency...
you, even a teachers presence cannot improve the situation.
No, it cant. Why? Because a teacher will be able to
notice and correct only externally noticeable
mistakes: Mistakes of grammar, usage, vocabulary, etc. But
remember this: Were speaking about people who know English
very well or reasonably well. Dont they already
have a good command of grammar and usage? And dont they
have a reasonable (or even a wide) vocabulary? Even then,
dont most of them find it hard to be truly fluent?
externally noticeable mistakes are not the real
reason that blocks fluency. The real reason is this: Internal
speech processing difficulties. And internal speech composition
problems. Mistakes, difficulties and problems that happen
when your mind tries to compose speech before its delivery.
When your mind tries to manipulate the semantic and syntactic
resources of the English language to process information.
And to formulate speech out of that information. And to bring
it up for delivery.
you, a teacher or anyone else will not be able to notice these
internal mistakes and problems. Or the pre-delivery
process. No, they cant, because these things happen inside your mind. You are the only person wholl
be able to be aware of them and to cope with them on
with the realities of the real-life situations
A mock conversational session is an artificial speech-situation,
and not a real-life speech situation. And so in a mock session,
most of your time would be spent in wondering what to say
and in racking your brain unless youve prepared
yourself thoroughly in advance with the help of a script.
if you train to become fluent by first learning from
a script and then by repeating the same thing from
memory, youre not going to become fluent. No.
This is because in such a situation, youre actually
training in prepared speech production, and not in spontaneous speech production. But in a real-life
speech situation, you feel the real need to speak. And the
situation itself provides you with the content of what to
say. In such a situation, the very things that urge you to
speak provide you with plenty of ideas to speak about. And
so in such a situation, you wont have to make any effort
to think of something to say.
the way the form and content of speech develop in a real-life
situation is quite different from the way those things develop
in an artificial conversational situation. When fluent speakers
speak in real-life situations, they put together and say their
speech-units by coping with a number of types of pressures
pressures from factors connected with language as well
as pressures from factors not connected with language.
Depending on the way these pressures and factors work, they
keep adapting and manipulating the form, content and phrasing
of what they say. And they keep modifying and adjusting the
sizes and shapes of their speech-units and the very framework
of the whole spoken text.
in a mock conversational situation, the pressures present
are of a different type. So whatever experience you get from
such a mock situation wont be of much real value to
you in real-life speech situations. What will be of
real value to you in real-life situations are the skills you
need to manipulate your English and to adapt it to the moment-to-moment
demands of those situations.
And the fluency techniques that Prof. Kev Nairs self-study
books teach you are the very things that help you get these
sessions cant train you in language manipulation
You see, if you join a group of learners and try speaking
to them in English, purely for gaining fluency in that
language, this is whats going to happen: When you
start speaking, your attention would be focused not
on what you say, but on how you say it. That
is, your attention would be focused on the form of
the language itself, rather than on the content. This
would make you highly self-conscious. And youd
keep feeling that others are looking at you and judging
you and the way you speak. And this would make you keep feeling
uncomfortable, awkward, embarrassed and even shy.
this would prevent the speech situation from giving you effective
training in language manipulation. But you see, the
core of your fluency skill is nothing but your ability to
manipulate the language you use and to juggle with it
to repeatedly rearrange, change and modify your speech-units
and the way theyre organized in order to make
them convey your ideas in the best way possible. So, if a
mock conversational situation cannot give you effective training
in language manipulation, it cannot be called an effective
fluency tool at all whatever else its other advantages
the other hand, in a real-life situation, your attention is
most often held firmly and completely by the content
of what you say and by your involvement in that content.
And so, in a real-life situation, your attention doesnt
often get diverted to the way you speak.
the situations from which you should get the experience of
speaking are real-life situations, and not mock conversational
experience from real-life situations
What you need (in order to achieve fluency) is not
training in mock conversational situations, but the experience
of speaking in real-life situations. And it wont be
correct to think that self-study learners dont get this
sort of experience. Self-study learners do get plenty
of experience of this sort. They get it from the only sources
from where anybody can hope to get it: The real-life situations
they face every day.
know, one of the reasons why many people buy Prof. Kev Nairs
self-study books and do a self-directed self-training is this:
They often find themselves in real-life situations where they
have to speak fluent English. But theyre not able to
make the most of those situations, because the English they
speak isnt quite fluent or fluent enough to their
of the self-study learners who train with the help of Prof.
Kev Nairs self-study books are people who have jobs
or professions or are in business. Theyre usually in
contact with people who speak English. And they all have plenty
of opportunity to make use of their fluency skill in their
workplaces or in places where their jobs, professions or social
and spare-time activities take them or while travelling.
Other learners who take this course also have enough opportunity
of interacting with people who speak English at places
where their career-preparation activities, higher-educational
activities, social and spare-time activities and daily life
otherwise, there are several practical ways to get yourselves
into real-life speech situations and to have the opportunity
of putting fluency techniques to real use. And so, remember
this: Generally speaking, classroom training in interaction
doesnt have much value for people who already know English,
but are trying to become fluent. It has real value
only for beginners who are trying to learn English.
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