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Skip to 0 minutes and 1 second Hello again. In this video,

Skip to 0 minutes and 3 seconds we will look at the second sub-skill: fluency. This refers to how continuously and effortlessly you can speak without excessive hesitation or any noticeable interruption of speech. Before we learn more about this, we would like you to try a Read Aloud item. Follow the instructions you’ll find on the slide and record your answer so that you can check how you did later.

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Skip to 1 minute and 17 seconds How do you think you did? Were you fluent? Now, let’s analyse Shaoling’s response to reading aloud the same text. As you listen to her, consider the following. Is her flow of speech continuous and natural? Is she repeating words unnecessarily?

Skip to 1 minute and 36 seconds (timer beeping) Ath-a-letes preparing for the Olympics often follow a training sche…, schedule prepared by their coach which has their training, has them training six days a week. They spend at least a couple hours a day training and change up their routines so that they’re constant, constantly challenging their body. Ath-a-letes training for the Olympics usually take one day a week off… …off to rest physical and mentally, physically and mentally.

Skip to 2 minutes and 11 seconds Shaoling managed to read the text aloud within the allocated time, but there were some evident problems in her attempt in relation to fluency. Her pace was affected due to problems when saying the words schedule and constantly. She did not always group words properly to produce clear meaning, nor did she apply the appropriate pausing at commas and full stops. This not only affected her fluency, but also the overall understanding of some of the sentences she said. Now, listen to the attempt you did and check your fluency. Did you speak continuously without repeating words unnecessarily? In the next step, we will give you some strategies as to how to improve your overall fluency.

Analysing responses: Fluency

In this second Analysing responses video, you have watched Shaoling complete a practice Read Aloud item type.

We asked you to record yourself practising the same item types and to listen and self-assess your own responses.

Remember that self-assessing your responses can help you identify areas for improvement and implement strategies to improve.


In this video, you practised a Read Aloud item and self-assessed your response.

What are some strengths and areas for improvement that you identified in your response? What advice would you give to others completing Read Aloud item types?

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