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Volume 10 : 11 November 2010
ISSN 1930-2940

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Sentence Pattern Method -
A New Approach for Teaching Spoken English
for Tamil / Indian / EFL Learners

K. S. Jayakumar, Ph.D.


This paper discusses a new methodology, Sentence Pattern Method (SPM), for teaching spoken English for EFL learners. The SPM helps a learner to convert his/her thoughts (in mother tongue) into English sentences very easily. The paper also discusses five important rules for developing spoken English fluency for the learner in a very short time. The SPM was tested with school students, arts and engineering graduates of Tamil medium. It was found out that the learner showed great interest in learning the spoken English and starts speaking English without fear. In other words, the learner started speaking English without worrying about the errors and the nervousness of the learner was reduced considerably.

Keywords: Spoken English, Tamil, Sentence pattern method, Sentence structure, Second Language Acquisition (SLA)

1. Introduction

The main objective of the Sentence Pattern Method (SPM) is to make the learner speak English fluently the way he/she speaks his/her mother tongue.

The paper is organized as follows: Section 2 describes the sentence pattern method; Section 3 discusses five rules for developing fluency in spoken English; Section 4 describes the case study with Tamil students and lists out the difficulties that prevent the students from speaking English fluently; Section 5 discusses the literature review. Finally, the paper ends with conclusion.

2. Sentence Pattern Method (SPM)

Sentence Pattern Method (SPM) is the sentence template that contains constants and variables. This is similar to mathematical formula. Let us consider the following example to understand SPM.

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K. S. Jayakumar, Ph.D.
Department of Mechanical Engineering
SSN College of Engineering
Chennai - 603 110
Tamil Nadu, India

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