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Aya

Yeah, I recognize you by the student ID number, but I won't reveal your name to protect your privacy ;-) Thanks for the very first comment. I'm so glad to read your well-written message in English. Please come again soon and leave a comment. See you in class!

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Aya

Welcome to my blog and thanks for your first comment!

> You are teacher, but always continue study English harder. I want to speak English and Chinese well,I'm hoping follow a Aya's example(^o^)
I'd take it as a great compliment. Thank you. Yes, I'm, quote, "a learner, forever a student of English". Learning a language is tough, but rewarding, isn't it?

You're working at Starbucks? Yeah, I love soy latte a lot.(I'm drinking it right now!) You can tell me where you work and give me a friend discount, then ;-)   

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Beauty of "Ondoku-Faster"

In the previous post Beauty of "Ondoku", I submitted my perspectives on the effectiveness of reading passages aloud to improve English language learners' reading accuracy and fluency, speaking fluency, and vocabulary building. This subsequent post argues about reading passages aloud as fast as possible, which is so-called "速音読", but I would call it "Ondoku-Faster" in an attempt to maintain the consistency and relevance of the precedent Ondoku post. The Ondoku-Faster practice is occasionally implemented in my TOEFL and TOEIC classes to wrap up the sequence of the Ondoku practice as well as to stir excitement among students who'd almost go faint during my fairly demanding lessons. Whenever I implement the Ondoku-Faster practice, I always declare to welcome challenges from my students who dare to compete with me, and luckily, I've been defending my status as an impregnable fortress towering proudly in front of them, hoping to be defeated by the student I've taught.


Speaking Fluency - Rhythm, Stress, and Intonation

When trying to read passages aloud at the fastest speed that you can get without losing the comprehension of the content, you'll need to weigh the importance of each word in the passage to put more emphasis on content words including proper nouns and figures that convey important information, and less emphasis on function words such as articles, pronouns, and determiners that do bear grammatical functions, but do not demonstrate significance on the meaning. That is, I believe, what native or fluent speakers of English do in their spoken discourse putting various levels of emphasis or stress on words depending on their significance or importance on the content. The "Ondoku-Faster" practice artificially creates the circumstance in which learners speak as fast as native or fluent speakers do under time pressure. Through differentiating emphasis or stress on each word in order to read the passage fluently, the learners will gradually develop naturally-sounding rhythm, stress, and intonation led by the appropriate guidance or model offered by the instructor. It is ideal that the instructor is a good performer of the Ondoku-Faster practice and serves as their role model. Yes, I‘m a strong advocate of the belief that, quote, “a good teacher is someone who always tries to become just ahead of his/her students, who studies and learns more than his/her students do”.


Listening skill – "The faster you speak, the faster you process"

It's recently been claimed as one of the language pedagogical presumptions that “you can hear what you can speak”. I have to admit that there are several cases to which this prospect doesn't apply, such as a proficient English user of Korean who can’t orally differentiate the consonant “p” and “b”. That said, as far as beginner or intermediate level English language learners’ listening skills are concerned, what they can orally produce is closely related to what they can listen and comprehend. Those beginning-level learners can’t read sentences or passages aloud at a proper and natural speed, either due to the lack of vocabulary knowledge, or the lack of grammatical knowledge, or the lack of pronunciation knowledge. All those kinds of knowledge are, in fact, quite essential in processing the language through auditory information, in other words, listening comprehension. Through the Ondoku-Faster practice, learners will acquire the knowledge on vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation to comprehend what is written for accurate and fluent output. By the time they somehow learn to orally output whatever is written in English, they will have obtained a basic knowledge on vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation that is to be transferred to the skill to process auditory information and comprehend what is spoken in which case “you can hear what you can speak” theory holds true.


Reading fluency – Eye Movement

In the previous “Ondoku” post, I argued that reading accuracy and reading fluency are closely intertwined. Regarding “Ondoku-Faster”, my argument is mainly on its effectiveness of reading fluency in a more physical aspect. If you try establishing the best record of the time spent for reading a certain written material aloud, you’ll need to move your eyes as quickly and efficiently as possible to maximize your Ondoku speed. To be more specific, you’re not allowed to look only at a chunk of words that you’re reading aloud at the very moment, but also have to look at one chunk or two chunks ahead of what you’re dealing with to smoothly transfer from chunks to chunks. It’s just like that your eyes hop on each chunk to let your speech go as smoothly as possible without any halts. Once this efficient eye-movement is established, your eyes will start hopping on each meaningful chunk of important information while maintaining the top reading speed that you may get. You might be able to train your eyes to acquire this movement only by reading written materials silently, but I personally think that the Ondoku-Faster practice will stimulate your “engine” or “drive” to read any faster and eventually help realize the best possible eye movement to be transferred to silent reading with enhanced fluency.


I do the speech practice every morning on my line-up selected from my favorite English pieces for 30 minutes reading 4000 to 5000 words aloud, which makes me realize the effectiveness and efficacy of the Ondoku and Ondoku-Faster practice each day. As an English language learner who's committed to life-long English language learning in "English as Foreign Language (EFL)" setting, the Ondoku practice is one of the best training methods that are absolutely free from circumstantial constraints, but only requires our passion, devotion, enthusiasm, and most importantly, a sincere responsibility toward our own learning. Yes, I’m also a strong advocate of the belief that "a good learner is someone who's always willing to take the responsibility for one's own learning and is always the only beneficiary of that effort.

I always have a huge mug of coffee with soy milk while doing my morning routine of speech practice, which is one of my favorite moments of the day.

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Aya

Welcome to my blog and thanks for your first comment!

> You are teacher, but always continue study English harder. I want to speak English and Chinese well,I'm hoping follow a Aya's example(^o^)
I'd take it as a great compliment. Thank you. Yes, I'm, quote, "a learner, forever a student of English". Learning a language is tough, but rewarding, isn't it?

You're working at Starbucks? Yeah, I love soy latte a lot.(I'm drinking it right now!) You can tell me where you work and give me a friend discount, then ;-)   

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