Striving for Fluency through Accuracy: A Blend of Choices

| February 1, 2014
Striving for Fluency through Accuracy: A Blend of Choices

Keywords: accuracy, fluency, grammar teaching methodology, pre-service trainees

Dr. Kalyani Samantray
Utkal University, India.

Kalyani Samantray is the Chair of the PG Department of English, Utkal University, India. She has been a teacher and teacher educator for twenty five years since completing MA (TESOL), University of London, MPhil (Linguistics), and PhD (Phonology). Her research interests are learning styles, ESL materials, teaching methodology and stylistics. She has published textbooks with Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Orient Blackswan. She has published widely in her areas of research in national and international journals.

In the post-method scenario, the concerns of second language teaching/learning are for the learners to be accurate and fluent in language production. The use of focus-on- form methods for the development of the system of SL grammar aims at correctness. For this reason, the use of formal methods is recommended to maintain SL learning benchmarks. On the other hand, the fluency development approaches, seemingly akin to natural learning processes with the associate advantages, may leave out some aspects of the system from the scope of formalization. This paper describes a study that used the advantages of each approach in developing an SL grammar teaching protocol with inputs from sixteen pre-service trainee teachers. The protocol has been designed keeping in sight the pedagogic and the applicability concerns of real teaching contexts. The findings lead us to deduce that an understanding of learning psychology and desired learning outcomes influence the adoption of a combination methodology in teaching grammar to arrive at accuracy that simultaneously leads to fluency.

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