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Fillers and discourse markers in fluent speech

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Zhenya Bakin

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Transcript of Fillers and discourse markers in fluent speech

What is SPEAKING?
sounds
words
chunks
clauses
sentences
utterance
Articulation

Conceptualization &
formulation
Self-monitoring and repair
What makes one's speaking strong?
Fluency concerns the [person's] capacity to produce language in real time without undue pausing or hesitation.'
(Skehan, 1996, cited in Thornbury, 2005)
Fluency
Pause fillers
:
uh, um, yeah...

Discourse markers:
by the way, that reminds me, like I say, yes but, uh-huh, well anyway...

Vagueness expressions:
sort of, I mean, stuff, thingy

Repeats

Production strategies:
Discourse markers and fillers
1) Motivate sts and give a short speaking task
Monitor and collect feedback

2) Motivate sts and pre-teach vocab
Set (listening) task; check in pairs; re-listen; check together

3) Focus on form: awareness-raising activities (check in pairs, check together)

4) Speaking practice
Lesson plan
Fillers and
discourse markers
in fluent speech

Fluency
Accuracy

Speech rate (the number of syllables per second – including pause time)
Articulation rate (the number of syllables per second of time of articulation)
The mean pause length (also, the placingof pauses inside or between clause boundaries)
The mean 'length of run' (the number of syllables between pauses)
Reading
Thornbury, S. (2006) How to Teach Speaking
Willis, D. (2003) Rules, Patterns and Words
Brown, G., Yule, G. (1983) Teaching the Spoken Language
Wood, D. (2012) Formulaic Language and Second Language Speech Fluency: Background, Evidence and Classroom Applications
Zhenya Bakin
preteach.ru
preteach@gmail.com
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