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Fluency vs Accuracy I'm sure that most of us agree that in speaking English as a second language, the speaker should concentrate on both fluency and accuracy. Which do you believe is more important though if you had to choose one over the other?
May 24, 2008 9:54 PM
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I rethought my answer, and I think it is better to apply in the case of EFL.  For a L2 speaker accuracy does comes upon fluency on daily communication to avoid the unconvieniences caused by misunderstanding.  However, my idea was that learners should not be afraid to speak in class (with/without mistakes).  As long as you speak, your faulty English will be assimilated by the correct ones.

October 27, 2011

I assume you mean grammatical accuracy.  In this case, I would choose fluency over accuracy.  For a L2 speaker, they have the linguisitc environment, so they know little about English.  The problem for them to study English are lack of vocabulary and making mistakes in grammar.  They know some simple words, that's enough for communication.  What's hard is to get them talk!!!!

October 27, 2011
In my home, we deal with English, Spanish, & Arabic.  For some of my family, English is the second language.  From my personal life and teaching experience, I'd have to agree with jamil that accuracy comes before fluency.  Often some of my family will mispeak, which can lead to misunderstanding, and sometimes it leads into arguments.  Just imagine what can happen if this happens outside the family?!  By the way, I encounter this situation a lot since we live in an Arab country presently.
February 21, 2009
Well , english is my second foreign language .and i think that english is easier than french because both of accuracy and Fluency in french are harder . For me Accuracy is More imporatant if u use english in professional or more official  stuff , and fluency if u want to talk and express youself outside your professional world , especially to speak with natives .
August 3, 2008
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