Beyond Mute-English: Empowering Oral Competency

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Gary Douglas Young


‘Beyond Mute-English’ is an instructional essay based in practical applications and professional teaching experience.  The article presents foundational methods, gleaned through the author’s nine years instructing foreign learners of English at universities in America, China, and The Republic of Korea, and aims at resetting complex approaches in second language acquisition by revisiting best practices for developing oral competency.  The article outlines six concepts, referred to as ‘silver keys,’ pertaining to the study of English as a second language, with brief, substantive elaborations of each. The silver keys the article establishes are built around the pedagogical concepts of mimicry, specificity in adaptation, high currency versus low currency language, necessity of mastering the basic skills before progressing, and intrinsic motivation in learning.

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Gary Douglas Young, Gachon University (Seongnam, Korea)

Gary Young has taught Composition or English as a Second Language at Northern Michigan University, Marymount College, Beijing University of Education, and Sichuan University of Education.  The author is currently in his fourth year as a full-time faculty member at Gachon University in Seoul where he teaches composition and academic English.  His last scholarly article, on plagiarism and conflicts in cross-cultural education, ‘Writing Woes in the Land of Mao,’ was published in the spring, 2013 volume of Writing on the Edge (University of California, Davis).


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