ERIC Number: ED185105
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Syntactic Maturity: Assessing Writing Proficiency in a Second Language.
Hunt and O'Donnell's Aluminum Paragraph was administered to sixty Canadian college students enrolled in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. The students were asked to re-write and to improve a paragraph consisting of 32 short, single-clause sentences. The students were identified as low intermediate, high intermediate, and advanced in level of language ability, according to Michigan Test and composition scores. They represented a wide variety of first-language backgrounds, including such languages as Spanish, Chinese, French, Greek, Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Armenian, Dutch, and others. The subjects' re-written paragraphs were evaluated according to words per clause; clauses, words, and coordinate clauses per T-unit; error-free T-units; words per error-free T-unit; relative clauses; preposed adjectives; preposition phrases; and passives. Error-free T-units and words per error-free T-unit seemed to be most productive in separating the three proficiency levels. (The Aluminum Paragraph and sample paragraphs representing the three proficiency levels are appended). (GDC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Aluminum Paragraph (Hunt and O Donnell); Syntactic Maturity; T Units Canada
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Frontiers in Language Proficiency and Dominance Testing (3rd, Carbondale, IL, September 26-28, 1979).