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ERIC Number: ED175265
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Assessing Proficiency Through an Analysis of L2 Learner Speech.
Larsen-Freeman, Diane
The need for an index of development by which second language proficiency could be expediently and reliably guaged has been acknowledged by both second language (L2) teachers and researchers. In two previous L2 studies, the search for an index of development centered on an examination of learner written performance. In an attempt to construct an index of development that is valid regardless of performance modality, the study reported here was initiated for the purpose of analyzing features of learner speech. Twenty-five learners of English as a Second Language (ESL), comprising different L1 backgrounds and five levels of proficiency, were asked to perform four speech tasks. Their responses were recorded and transcribed. The data analysis showed that the average length of error-free T-units appeared to discriminate among learners of differing proficiencies. It is hoped that findings from both phases will eventually provide researchers and teachers with an effective tool by which to assess the progress of a second language learner's development. (Author/AMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Second Language Acquisition Forum (Los Angeles, California, 1978)