Fluency in individuals whose first language is not English may shape native speakers' perceptions of how well those individuals speak the language, regardless of their pronunciation, according to a Purdue University study. Fewer pauses and restarts allow listeners to focus on the sounds the speaker is making, the research shows. "These findings could mean a new approach for second-language instruction and assessment, but more study is needed and we are taking a closer look at the difference fluency makes," Alexander Francis, an associate professor at Purdue, said.

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