Fluency

4. Fluency

Basic guidance on assessing fluency:

ICAO doc 9835 states that “fluency is intended to refer to the naturalness of the flow of speech production and the degree to which comprehension is hindered by unnatural or unusual hesitancy or inappropriate silence”.

Levels of fluency can be more easily judged during longer discourse during an interaction. The assessor therefore has a responsibility to give the candidate the opportunity to produce longer discourse without interruption. assessors should be aware of the impacts of lack of vocabulary (with subsequent reformulation) and unease with structure which may adversely affect fluency.

  • Is speech rate very slow with frequent and inappropriate pauses or hesitancy affecting communications?
    This may indicate a tendency towards a level 3 in this area.
  • Can the candidate produce speech at an appropriate tempo with occasional loss of fluency when shifting to a spontaneous reaction?
    This may indicate a level 4 in this area.
  • Can the candidate speak at length with relative ease at something approaching natural fluency?
    This may indicate a level 5 in this area.
  • Is the fluency native like with variations of speech flow for effect demonstrating ability to adapt speech flow to the situation?
    This may indicate a level 6 in this area.