Fluency training in the ESL classroom: An experimental study of fluency development and proceduralization

C.A.M. de Jong, C.A. Perfetti

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Abstract

The present study investigates the role of speech repetition in oral fluency development. Twenty-four students enrolled in English-as-a-second-language classes performed three training sessions in which they recorded three speeches, of 4, 3, and 2 min, respectively. Some students spoke about the same topic three times, whereas others spoke about three different topics. It was found that fluency improved for both groups during training but was maintained on posttests only by the students who repeated their speeches. These students had used more words repeatedly across speeches, most of which were not specifically related to the topic. It is argued that proceduralization of linguistic knowledge represented a change in underlying cognitive mechanisms, resulting in improvements in observable fluency. © 2011 Language Learning Research Club, University of Michigan.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)533-568
Number of pages36
JournalLanguage Learning
Volume61
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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