Fluency: an aim in teaching and a criterion in assessment

  • Aud Marit Simensen
Emneord (Nøkkelord): Engelskdidaktikk


This article investigates the concept ‘fluency’ from different perspectives. When fluency is an aim in teaching, a thorough comprehension of the concept among teachers is a prerequisite for appropriate planning of instruction, including the choice of appropriate classroom activities. When fluency is an assessment criterion, it is even more important that examiners have a shared perception of the concept. The present article starts by presenting common perceptions of the concept and goes on to explore some of the current research. Next, it provides a historical overview of the place of fluency in teaching theory and explains some of the preconditions for the inclusion of this concept among teaching objectives and assessment criteria. It will also, as an illustration, give an outline of the position of the concept over time in the Norwegian school system on the basis of an analysis of the relevant syllabuses. Finally, the article explicates the notion of language use as a complex cognitive skill and explores current method¬ological ideas about teaching towards fluency.
Hvordan referere
Simensen, A. M. (2010). Fluency: an aim in teaching and a criterion in assessment. Acta Didactica Norge, 4(1), (Art. 2, 13 sider). https://doi.org/10.5617/adno.1048