Secret of why true fluency work can’t happen in classrooms

The focus of classroom work and the focus of fluency work are not the same. They’re very different. And so classroom work can’t help you achieve true fluency.

In classrooms, your aim is to produce work for display to an evaluator. And not to use what you produce to communicate. In classrooms, your aim is to organize language into sentences set in stone. To design language units as monuments. And not to produce language as part of an ongoing communicative process.

But in real-life situations, you have to produce language as part of an ongoing communicative process. That is, real-life situations ask you to communicate. To talk to people as one individual to another. By organizing your language into ‘here-and-now communication units’. Here you have to put your language to actual real-time use. Exploratorily. Manipulatively. By going on meeting the ever-fluctuating communicative needs.

Classrooms can give you only a kind of knowledge that helps you to produce examples of language — and to demonstrate usage. That kind of knowledge can’t help you to actually use a language in natural circumstances. Real-time language use needs fluency — the ability to deal with the real-life communicative pressures using that language.

Only specialized fluency work can give you this ability. Fluency work outside classrooms. In real-life situations: In real-life communicative situations that are part of your own social or career life. And not in fictitious situations created in classrooms or by cassettes/CDs. Mind you, real-life fluency needs real-life-situations!

Learn fluency principles & strategies first. And start using them to produce and manipulate speech — in every real-life situation you handle in English. Fluency-demanding, English-intensive situations. In your job. Profession. Business. Daily life... That’s the right kind of speaking-experience. Real-time speaking-experience and practice. And from then on, every real-life speech-experience is a true fluency experience. This is true fluency work. And this is the only way to achieve true fluency.