Timothy Scanlan, (Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University) is Professor of French at The University of Toledo, Ohio.
Improving Fluency in Spoken French Through a Study of Native Pause Behavior
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1987 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 20, Issue 4, pages 345–352, September 1987
How to Cite
Scanlan, T. (1987), Improving Fluency in Spoken French Through a Study of Native Pause Behavior. Foreign Language Annals, 20: 345–352. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1987.tb02971.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT Pauses are often thought to detract from fluency in French when spoken by foreigners. However, proper pause behavior, if modeled after that of educated native speakers, is actually a definite mark of authentic-sounding and well-controlled speech. This article reviews the different categories of native pauses and suggests techniques for incorporating them cautiously into the spoken French of anglophones, especially Americans.