I am pretty sure most of the users here at Lingora have heard of this technique, so I will save words on explaining it. If you do not know what that is, just google "Shadowing languages" and results would pop up.
I have been trying to think of a way or two to improve my spoken English as I sometimes use wrong words and it disturbs me a lot. For example, today a foreigner from Europe (No idea exactly where he is from, he just said from where he is from, which is Europe, no one wears flipflops in spring) approached me and told me that wearing flipflops in this weather is unheard of in Europe, but I said "I wore it without thinking." Now I think of it, I should have said "I put it on without thinking," probably, as wear describes more of a state as put on describes an action. Naturally, I have turned to searching the web for some valuable pieces of information to solve this kind of problem and stumbled upon this technique. However, I could not find any scientific evidence that backs up this technique. I use an SRS as it is based on solid scientific facts, such as how memory works and testing knowledge instead of re-reading is better to remember and retain memories effectively. I could find some articles but no webpage seemed to be providing how this technique works in improving one's fluency. The webpages seemed to use the approach of "just do it and it will work," which is what I hate from the bottom of my heart the most. I also could find some papers regarding this that used a sceintific method that proves it helping to improve the subjects' test score on listening, but scientific proof on this method improving one's speaking fluency was nowhere to be found. Should I give this method a stab? I am not sure. People seem to give this method a lot of praise and attribute their improvements on this, especially more so on the Korean internet rather than the English one, but I personally think they could have reached the level they are at with other methods such as memorising a bunch of sentences and whatnot. For example, a person tried it for 12 hours a day for 2 months, which makes it 720 hours. (rough estimate) I presume it could have helped her improve listening and accent, but I would not call the exercise time well spent. The person who tried this says in her video that she did it to the point that someone told her something and she responded in English. I have had this experience too, but without the technique and completely surrounding me with English, be it reading or listening. I am sure this exercise alone is not enough to bring people up to basic fluency and should be agumented with other methods. My question is, however, whether this method has scientific validity to it. Anecdotal stories are not enough. Should I spend more time on outputting by writing and speaking with native (sometimes non-native) speakers, and combine them with memorising words and phrases, sometimes sentences? Or is this method actually good? Should I give it a go for the sake of accent-improving purposes, at least?
Sorry for rambling off the top of my head. However, I would really like to know your opinions on this method as I am indecisive as a mother....loving son.
Please fix any mistakes, slip-of-the-pens and awkward phrasing and also leave your thoughts below.
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The learners ability to use nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc. correctly in sentences, using verb tenses accurately, and having the correct agreement between subjects and predicates. For instance, one would say "they were" instead of "they was."
There are 3-4 grammatical errors
There are 0-2 grammatical errors
There are 5 or more grammatical errors
The learner's ability to use certain marks to clarify meaning of their writing by grouping words grammatically into sentences and clauses and phrases.
There are 3-4 errors in capitalization and punctuation.
There are 0-2 errors in capitalization and punctuation.
There are 5 or more errors in capitalization and punctuation.
The learners' ability to form words with the correct letters in the correct order
There are 3-4 spelling errors
There are 0-2 spelling errors
There are 5 or more spelling errors
The learner's ability to tailor the written work to fit the specific context, purpose, or audience
Mostly understandable. However, there are a few errors which cause confusion.
Easy to understand. Writing flows and keeps reader engaged.
Quite hard to understand.