Behavioral fluency refers to a definition of mastery, or to be “good at” something that includes the time dimension and a criterion of accuracy or quality of the response or its product (e.g., answers to math problems, notes picked on a guitar). Use of this term by behavioral educators in reference to competence or ability has precedents in everyday descriptions of, for example, foreign language speakers and the study and teaching of reading.

The original meaning of the term, well understood by anyone with experience in language learning, is the ability to speak both accurately and quickly or without hesitation. A speaker of French or Japanese is fluent when she or he can say the right words smoothly without stumbling. Language fluency ...

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