segunda-feira, 27 de agosto de 2012

Fluent English? What the hack is it?


Most of the schools gives their learners labors such as Beginner, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, Advanced.

Which labour has your English received? Are you still trying to get a fluent English? 
As I understand "Fluent" is the natural level of the native speakers, therefore, " Proficient" is the highest level when describing a learner's English.  But how would you describe it? 

As far as I am concerned, there is not such thing as CFE (Certificate of Fluency in English), so I wonder why it is so important for Brazilian learners to get it.
According to the definition of fluency that most people believe, it is when you can speak as natural as the native speakers, thus, you speak in such a way that not even a native can recognize that you are a foreigner speaking their language. Great! The only problem is that you will never be a native speaker.

It is know that even people who live for decades in USA or any other English spoken country will never get rid of their accent. There are cases of professors from Universities such as Harvard or Oxford with dozens of books published in English, still, they are not considered to be fluent speakers.

At first, you might think that you have a problem, but if you think twice, you will only have a real problem if you believe that you have to have a fluent level to work or deal with the language in a effective way. When you take into account that speaking effectively the language is an achievable target, learning English is something possible; on the other hand, turning yourself into a clone of a native to get your " fluent English" is a vain objective and a waste of your time. 

The issue remains and it will continue as long as the English schools keep their slogans and jingles with " get a fluent English in 18 weeks" on it. 
What do you think? I would like to hear from you...

Professor Frank

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