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  Q12. Suppose that learners who do self-study using the Fluentzy books run into difficulty. How will they get help? Who from?
 
  Answer:
 
  Fluency learner's difficulties are of a unique kind
  Possible difficulties
       Type 1: Knowledge of English
       Type 2: Knowledge of topic
       Type 3: Knowledge of fluency techniques
       Type 4: Difficulty studying by oneself
  Fluency learners' difficulties, not similar to the difficulties of other learners
       Type 1 difficulties
      
Type 2 difficulties
 
 

Please understand this: We only do the publishing. We do not provide any coaching or instruction — in class or by post or through any other mode. The Fluentzy system does not depend on coaching or instruction by a teacher. Fluency is a skill that depends entirely on self-effort. And the Fluentzy books make this a joy to do.

You see, Prof. Nair knows what sort of difficulties a self-study learner is likely to run into — while learning from his Fluentzy books. He has found them out from his experience with thousands of self-study learners since as far back as 1982.

Through statistical studies, Prof. Nair has found out the points where a learner might run into difficulties. And he’s identified the doubts that a learner might come to have, and the queries and questions that a learner might like to get answered. And he’s paid particular attention to get his Fluentzy books to deal with all those difficulties, doubts, queries and questions thoroughly and completely.

Fluency learner's difficulties are of a unique kind
Now, there's something important that you must understand here: Suppose that you're learning a subject like mathematics, computer programming or machine repair. Then you'll often run into difficulties that may need the help of an instructor. But you see, you won't normally run into difficulties of that sort while you're learning the fluency skill.

Of course, if someone doesn't know English and is trying to learn it, then they'll have difficulties of the same sort as learners trying to learn a subject like mathematics, computer programming or machine repair. But fluency learners are people who've already learnt English. And while trying to learn the fluency skill, they're not actually trying to gain more knowledge of English. They're actually trying to learn the techniques of orally manipulating the English they know in a skillful way - and of making it work in the way they want it to. So the difficulties they run into are of a different type.

Possible difficulties
You see, in theory, there are 4 reasons that can cause fluency learners to run into difficulty:

Type 1: They don't have enough knowledge of the 'subject' or 'branch of study' - that is, 'English'.
Type 2: They don't have enough understanding or knowledge of the topic - that is, the topic they're speaking about.
Type 3: They don't know much about fluency techniques or how to process speech in their mind on the spot - by applying fluency techniques 
Type 4: They don't understand certain points while reading some of the Lessons.

Now let's look at these 4 types of difficulties in detail.

     Type 1: Knowledge of English
You see, Fluentzy users are not likely to run into any difficulty of this sort. No, they're not. This is because of two reasons:

First, the Fluentzy books are meant for people who already know reasonable English, and not for beginners. (Here's something you should note: Whether you're a college graduate or not, if your knowledge of English is equal to that of a college graduate or above, you can be sure that you've already learnt more English than is necessary to speak English fluently. Let us ask you: Have you been able to read these pages and understand their contents easily? Then you know enough English to learn from the Fluentzy books).

Second, even though the Fluentzy books are meant for people who already know reasonable English, they (the Fluentzy books) deal with English production vocabulary and fluency-related grammar extensively and thoroughly. And the Fluentzy books make a special effort to convert their knowledge of core words into a good command, so that they can use those words freely and fluently.

If fluency learners have any difficulty with the meaning or usage of a word or a point of grammar, that is not something that needs help from a fluency instructor. No. The learners themselves can quickly sort out any such difficulty by referring to a modern dictionary — on the spot. The Fluentzy books tell them about the dictionaries that'll be of the greatest help here.

     Type 2: Knowledge of topic
You see, the topic of your conversational speech and other types of spontaneous speech can take numerous forms. For example, you may speak about a film you saw last night or a road accident you saw last week or some other personal experience. Or you may speak about a subject like modern art or graffiti. The point is, the topic you happen to speak about can be anything under the sun. And the author of a book or a teacher can have no control over the topic that you choose to speak about on a given occasion.

Obviously, nobody will be able to help you specifically with any topic-related difficulty (while you’re composing your speech and speaking at the same time; that is, while you’re in the process of speaking). But still, the Fluentzy Lessons give you general tips on how you can speak spontaneously about almost any topic.

     Type 3: Knowledge of fluency techniques
This is the area that the Fluentzy system concentrates on. The Fluentzy books describe and explain each aspect of each fluency technique thoroughly and completely — in the simplest English you can imagine. Every effort has been made to make sure that you learn from them easily and quickly. And every effort has been made to make sure that you retain whatever you've learnt - and that you don't forget those things in a few days after you've learnt them.

Several techniques have been used to make sure that the things you learn and retain do not remain merely at a verbal level, but get absorbed into the deeper levels of your mind, into your whole system, so that they spring to your help whenever you need them. Several techniques have also been used to make sure that it becomes second nature to you to apply the things you learn from the Fluentzy books to real-life situations. You begin doing this instinctively, almost without thinking. And you become skilled at doing whatever needs to be done to process speech in your head, and to produce it smoothly and continuously. Several techniques have been used to make these skills become easy to you.

The aim of training you in this way is to get you into a state of readiness to deal effectively with speech-processing difficulties and speech-production difficulties - on the spot, while speaking spontaneously. You see, you put the fluency techniques to practical use in real-life situations when you speak spontaneously in those situations. When you speak spontaneously, you convey your ideas in a way that is possible, and not in a preplanned way. So you're free to adapt everything you say to frameworks that you find possible. Now if you find some difficulty while doing this, as you speak on, you have to deal with it on the spot.

You see, these are not difficulties that only learners have. Even fluent speakers face these speech-planning and speech-production difficulties. That too, every time they speak spontaneously. Yes, every one of them, without exception. The difference between a non-fluent speaker and a fluent speaker is this: Fluent speakers know fluency techniques, and they're good at dealing with these difficulties on the spot - by applying fluency techniques. In this way, they're able to prevent their speech from breaking up, and when they do this, their speech gives the impression of a smooth flow. But someone who has not learnt fluency techniques does not know how to do this, and so they falter, and can't speak fluently. In fact, the whole thrust of fluency training is to get you to understand what sort of difficulties these are and how you can deal with them as you speak on - on the spot.

The whole point is this: The difficulties that you may have while speaking in a real-life situation are difficulties that an instructor cannot help you deal with. They're difficulties that you yourself will have to deal with - on the spot.

     Type 4: Difficulty studying by oneself
You see, the course of study you do with the Fluentzy books is a self-study programme. And so the Fluentzy books are meant primarily for people who are willing to study on their own — without being instructed by someone else. And the Fluentzy books make this quite easy to do.

It's almost impossible that Fluentzy users may have any difficulty understanding things from the Fluentzy books. Here are the reasons:

  1. The Fluentzy books don't use language that is unclear or confusing or that can be understood in more than one way. The Fluentzy books tell you things in the most direct language. The Fluentzy books use words that are the simplest that can carry the ideas conveyed, and grammatical structures that are the clearest and most direct possible. The Fluentzy books use English that is plain and clear, and they convey ideas from the instructor's mind to your mind quickly, easily and accurately.
  2. The topics the Fluentzy books deal with are well-planned and well-organized, so that they are clear and sensible, and all their parts fit well together.
  3. The Fluentzy books don't tell you things in a hurry. They explain everything slowly and patiently, taking their time doing it. The Fluentzy books say enough about each little point, so that it gets firmly into your mind. The Fluentzy books give you plenty of examples at every step and make it quite easy for you to understand everything. Plenty of examples — a very large number of them. And when they explain a point, they give you all the information you need.
  4. The Fluentzy books anticipate the sort of difficulties you may run into while learning from them, and the sort of queries and questions you may like to get answered. And the Fluentzy books deal with these difficulties, and answer all these queries and questions thoroughly and completely. And so, while learning from the Fluentzy books, you're not likely to get a feeling that you're not certain whether your understanding about some points is correct or not. And we don't think at all that you may get a feeling that you've not understood any points fully.

The point is this: Anybody who can follow simple directions in simple English is not likely to face any difficulty while learning from the Fluentzy books. And even if they do, the Fluentzy books s themselves take care of them.

Fluency learners' difficulties, not similar to the difficulties of other learners
As we've seen, the type of difficulties that a fluency learner may normally run into is of Type 3 (and occasionally, of Type 4). But how about learners of other subjects like mathematics, computer programming or machine repair? You see, the type of difficulties those other learners may normally run into are not of Type 3, but of Types 1 and 2 (and occasionally, of Type 4). This will be clear from the following facts:

     Type 1 difficulties:
English fluency learners are not trying to learn the 'subject' (or 'branch of knowledge') English - that is, the particular language system used by the people of English-speaking countries. Fluency learners have already learnt that 'subject' - that is, they already know English. But learners of a subject like mathematics, computer programming or machine repair are trying to learn the 'subject' mathematics, computer programming or machine repair. So you can see that learners of these other subjects may run into difficulties of Type 1 (because they don't have enough knowledge of the subjects or branches of study concerned - that is, of mathematics, computer programming and machine repair). And so, learners of these subjects would need the help of an instructor frequently. But learners of fluency won't run into difficulties of this Type, because they're people who already have enough knowledge of the 'subject' or 'branch of study' English. So they won't need the help of an instructor to sort out any difficulty of Type 1.

     Type 2 difficulties:
Fluency learners are not trying to learn the topics that they have to speak about in various situations in life. In any case, they don't buy the Fluentzy books in order to learn about topics of various types. And so, learners of fluency won't run into difficulties of Type 2. But as far as learners of subjects like mathematics, computer programming or machine repair are concerned, they enroll on a course in order to learn not only about the subject mathematics, computer programming or machine repair, but also about mathematical, logical, and machine-related problems. So the problems they'll be asked to study and work out are not problems that need logical thought or mathematical procedures to solve them. And so, they may need the help of an instructor to help them. So, learners of these subjects can often run into difficulties of Type 2.

So, learners of other subjects normally run into difficulties of Types 1 & 2. And they frequently need the help of an instructor to straighten these out. From this, many people tend to conclude that learners of fluency will also run into difficulties of a similar nature. But I'm sure you've understood by now that they don't. You must also have understood by now that they don't normally run into difficulties of a sort that need an instructor's help - in the same way as learners of other subjects.

 
 

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