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ERIC Number: ED193961
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
The Effects of Sentence Combining on the Writing of ESL Students at the University Level.
Ney, James W.; Fillerup, Michael
The study was designed to test the effects of a limited amount of sentence-combining practice on the syntactic development and overall writing ability of foreign students. Participants were freshmen studying English as a second language during an eight-week period. Twenty-four students were divided into a control and an experimental group. The experimental group practiced sentence-combining exercises in addition to the exercises used by the control group. The study tested the following hypotheses: (1) Students in the experimental group would show significantly greater syntactic development than students in the control group. (2) Students in the experimental group would show greater overall writing improvement than students in the control group. The first hypothesis proved valid; the second hypothesis proved to be invalid. In addition to a discussion of the study itself, the report includes a discussion of recent controversies over the use of sentence combining and its adaptation to the foreign student population. (Author/AMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A