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    Fluency isn’t just a speaking skill!
    Fri, Sep 14, 2018

    Fluency isn’t just a speaking skill!

    Most often we hear of speaking fluency, in the absence of which one cannot score Band 7 on IELTS test. Speaking fluency is the ability of a person to communicate her/his thoughts smoothly and without any internal barriers. Absence of speaking fluently means continuous translation; repetitions of phrases and words themselves; excessive use of fillers; repeated pauses; and repeated correction of mistakes by the speaker. But fluency is not the skill to develop only for speaking. Rather an IELTS aspirant must give a serious thought of developing fluency in other test areas viz. listening, reading and writing.

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    Let’s explore the unexplored areas of fluency for IELTS exam.

    Reading Fluency for IELTS

    Fluency in reading simply means reading uninterruptedly. We are not talking of external interruptions here. We are talking of habitual interruptions. Observe fluent readers. You would find that they are focused and turn the pages quickly. Someone may feel that a fluent reader is pretending to read because how can someone understand the meaning of all words and does not take a break to check the meaning of difficult words in the dictionary.

    But hold on! That’s precisely the meaning of reading fluency. Reading fluency means to engage in the process of reading so much and not halting the reading process to check the meaning of the words in the dictionary. While reading, one must focus on the context and try to understand the contextual meaning of words. One should be able to make out the correct meaning of a word by just reading in a careful and focused way.

    Fluency in Writing

    Fluency in writing simply means that you can write on a given topic smoothly – without breaking the flow. You need to be an independent thinker to be a good writer and need to know how to organize thoughts clearly to become a fluent writer. As you now know, the time limit of the IELTS writing test is only sixty minutes, so being a fluent writer will help you obtain a high band score. If you are fluent in writing, you will not run out of time for proof-reading. You can always correct spelling and grammar mistakes and maximize your score during this proof-reading.

    Fluency in Listening

    Fluency in listening can be achieved by being an active listener. If you have the tendency to pause / replay the track during the IELST listening practice then you probably need to improve your listening fluency. This is the result of inadequate exposure to listening English. Hence fluency in listening can be enhanced by enhancing English listening exposure. Don’t just depend on classroom exposure for listening to English. Rather go on and do a little more such as listen to English news channels, watch English movies with subtitles turned OFF, listen to English songs if you have an interest. Don’t do any of these activities just for the sake of it. For instance, if you don’t like to listen songs at all then why unnecessarily burden yourself with English songs. Do what interests you. Movies or news may be your choice.

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