We’ve touched on the issue of accuracy vs. fluency before (here and here). I’m here to tell you why we, as TLG volunteers, and English teachers in general, should ought to focus most of our efforts on teaching fluency.
1. Teaching fluency teaches confidence. If we correct every mistake in every utterance that our students produce, we risk leaving them feeling frustrated and give them the idea that they will never get it right. If we instead congratulate them when they get their point across it will give them a sense of accomplishment and the feeling that they can use English successfully in the world. This in turn allows/encourages them to practice their English more, and practice is the most effective way of actually improving.
2. Teaching fluency teaches adaptability. There are thousands of different English dialects and no clear indication of which ones Georgians are most likely…
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