Elemental Linguistics

The Essential Elements of Linguistics

8 – 4-3-2 Algorithm
Fluency Activities For fluency activities to work, we need to follow some basic principles. When practicing fluency, we are practicing language that we already have studied, that we already know, not language that we don’t know or have just started to learn. The goal: become fluent with known language.... Read more
9 – Paired Speed Algorithm
Paired Speed Algorithm Besides the 4-3-2, we can build fluency with the Paired Speed Read Aloud or Paired Speed Algorithm. In this meaningful input and output activity, students can see clear fluency improvement just after 2 minutes of work. As always with fluency activities, the key communicative principle is... Read more
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10 – Listen Faster Algorithm
Listen Faster Algorithm With this activity, for fluency and meaningful input, we can use the same text “Don’t Quit; Get Grit.” This time the teacher reads the text aloud to students at a slow pace. Then the teacher reads it again at normal native speaker pace. Next the teacher... Read more
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11 – The Speed Reader Algorithm
The Speed Reader Algorithm The Speed Reader algorithm uses the following communicative principles. Learners do a timed-reading of a interesting and meaningful story or text where they know about 100% of the words and grammar patterns. When they finish reading, they note the amount of time that they took... Read more
12 – Presentation Shuffle Algorithm
Presentation Shuffle Algorithm In our imaginary class, students have done meaningful input and output activities about a sports theme. To continue, they can do the Presentation Shuffle where they give a 3-5 minute presentation about a sports topic they like. Students have a number of options, such as describe... Read more