Is speaking fluency strand necessary for the college students to develop in the EFL class?

Yang, Yingjie I. J. (2014) Is speaking fluency strand necessary for the college students to develop in the EFL class? Theory and Practice in Language Studies, 4 (2). pp. 225-231. ISSN 1799-2591

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This article aims to explore how the EFL teachers and students treat the development of speaking fluency in the EFL class in terms of the teachers' willingness of promoting speaking fluency for their students and the students' demand and preference of the speaking fluency in the EFL class in China. This study also attempts to identify whether there is a dynamic between these two variables. However, the participants in this study including 40 EFL students with a female dominated demography and 10 domestic EFL teachers were randomly convened from a college. Two sets of questionnaires for these EFL teachers and students are a way to observe the result, since the demand of fluency development is a motivational factor for the EFL learners to practice it, while the teachers' willingness of implementation is an effective variable to promote it. Thus, a t-test is applied to precede this outcome and the results indicated that the teachers' willingness of developing speaking fluency for their students is not sufficient. Their students consequently are not familiar with the way of practicing the speaking fluency. Though these EFL students demand a fluent communicative competence in conversations, there is a lack of time, activity, effort and relevant principle of guiding in the current EFL class. The conclusion of this article is that speaking fluency strand is necessary to the college students and therefore further researchers should draw attention on its development in the EFL class in China.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2014 Academy Publisher. Open access journal. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2014 04:42
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2019 02:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: fluency; speaking fluency; fluency development; preference of speaking fluency; college EFL students; EFL teaching in China
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130207 LOTE, ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Maori)
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2003 Language Studies > 200303 English as a Second Language
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2004 Linguistics > 200408 Linguistic Structures (incl. Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4304/tpls.4.2.225-231

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