ERIC Number: ED125250
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Feb
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of Three Methods for the Collection of L2 Data: Free Composition, Translation, and Picture Description. Working Papers on Bilingualism, No. 8.
LoCoco, Veronica Gonzalez-Mena
Three methods for second language data collection are compared: free composition, picture description and translation. The comparison is based on percentage of errors in a grammatical category and in a source category. Most results obtained from the free compositions and picture descriptions tended to be similar. Greater variation was found for some error categories between these two tasks and the translation task. Analysis of the errors suggests that differences in results could be reduced through slight adjustments in the method of data analysis, and a variation of the translation task. Results obtained from the three methods should then be very similar. (Author)
Descriptors: Data Collection, Educational Testing, Error Analysis (Language), Error Patterns, Language Ability, Language Proficiency, Language Research, Language Skills, Language Tests, Research Methodology, Second Language Learning, Spanish, Testing, Translation, Writing (Composition)
Bilingual Education Project, The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1V6 (as long as supply lasts)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto. Bilingual Education Project.
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