How to achieve successful communication in English

For most people, learning English is tough, really tough.

But, modern linguistic science has provided a far more systematic approach to language learning.

FluentIQ is based on this new approach and will give you the tools you need to learn English faster and with more certainty.

  1. Motivated learners learn much faster
  2. Pronunciation of sounds begins with listening
  3. Intonation can be more important than individual sounds
  4. Learning should be personalized
  5. Independent learning equals faster improvement
  6. Real world English is not the same as Test English

1 Motivated learners learn much faster

When we’re young, we have the ability to learn very easily just by absorbing from the world around us. Around the age of 12, however, we lose this ability 1.

Even if you were to live every day surrounded by native English speakers, you won’t learn English unless you have a strong motivation to communicate.2.  It’s vital that you have this motivation and that you are the driving force behind your learning.

The fastest learners take responsibility for their progress, their practice, and for the hard work that goes into in. Those that rely on someone else to motivate them (e.g. a teacher or parent), are slower to achieve any level of fluency 3.

FluentIQ is designed to increase confidence. People who use FluentIQ become more motivated and learn faster.

2 Pronunciation of sounds begins with listening

Being able to pronounce distinct English sounds correctly begins with being able to hear the differences between them.  For example, most beginning English speakers cannot hear the difference between “ten” and “tan”. If you cannot hear the difference, then you cannot pronounce the difference either.

You have to be able to recognise that one sound is different from another before you can produce the two separate sounds. The difficulty for many learners is that some sounds in English are hard to differentiate from others, especially if those sounds don’t exist in your native language. If you can’t hear it, you can’t say it.

FluentIQ provides an in depth and personalized report on your particular pronunciation problems. This includes a recording of your pronunciation with the correct pronunciation allowing you to focus on improving them.

3 Intonation can be more important than individual sounds

Many language learners spend years working on their pronunciation of individual sounds while ignoring their intonation. They do not realize that they can still be misunderstood – even if their sounds are perfect! That’s because a lot of the meaning in speech is communicated through how we say things.  In other words, our intonation, rhythm, stress, and pausing all impact whether or not we are easily understood by others. Furthermore, features like intonation are so important for being understood that researchers believe they’re the most important thing to learn 4 5.

FluentIQ provides specific guidance on all these key features.

4 Learning should be personalized

Everyone has their own pronunciation challenges which depend on their native language, their background, and even their personality. Rather than working on every part of pronunciation in the English language, get to know where your weaknesses are so you can focus your effort on those things which will give you the most improvement.

FluentIQ Premium edition will provide you with highly personalized feedback so you can focus your learning.

5 Independent learning equals faster improvement

Anything that allows you to work independently on your English will help you progress faster. This is because you can choose what to learn, when you need it, and when you want to.

A great way of doing this is with online tools. Studies have shown that digital technology has many advantages and can be extremely effective in helping learners with pronunciation skills relevant to the learner’s personal needs 6.

Online tools can also be very personal and – since you can access them from anywhere at anytime – a motivated learner can make more progress than traditional classroom based learning.

FluentIQ is an online tool that is available to you anytime, anywhere, and however you need it.

6 Real world English is not the same as Test English

Learners make the best progress when they listen to real world speech which is the type of speech you’ll encounter every day with native speakers 7. This seems obvious, but, – unfortunately – a lot of tests and learning material use professional voice actors who read from a script. You’ll know it when you hear it. The intonation and pronunciation are very different compared to when real people are talking about real life.

FluentIQ uses authentic speakers in real world situations. This way, our learners can adjust themselves to English in everyday situations.

References
  1. Long, M. H. (1990). Maturational Constraints on Language Development. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 12(3), 251-285.
  2. Moyer, A. (2007). Do language attitudes determine accent? A study of bilinguals in the USA. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 28(6), 502-518.
  3. Morley, J. (1991). The pronunciation component of teaching English to speakers of other languages. TESOL Quarterly, 25(3), 481-520.
  4. Hahn, L. (2004). Primary stress and intelligibility: Research to motivate the teaching of suprasegmentals. TESOL Quarterly, 38, 201-223.
  5. Derwing, T., Munro, M., & Wiebe, G. (1998). Evidence in favor of a broad framework for pronunciation instruction. Language Learning, 48(3), 393-410.
  6. Pennington, M. C. (1999). Computer-aided pronunciation pedagogy: promise, limitations, directions. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 12, 427-440.
  7. Celce-Murcia, M., Brinton, D. M., & Goodwin, J. M. (2010). Teaching Pronunciation: A Course Book and Reference Guide. Cambridge: Cambridge UP.