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ERIC Number: ED256184
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Predictors of English Writing Performance of Native Spanish-Speaking College Freshmen.
De Jesus, Socorro
A study of the relationship between Spanish and English writing proficiency had as subjects 344 native Spanish-speaking college freshmen, students of English as a second language (ESL), in five universities in Puerto Rico. A questionnaire and four writing tasks in English and Spanish were administered in ESL class, and student scores on standardized tests and high school grade point averages were gathered from records. Results of correlations indicate that the best predictors of English writing proficiency were the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) ESL Achievement Test and the Spanish writing proficiency test, and the largest contributing variable associated with aptitude was the CEEB Scholastic Aptitude Test in verbal reasoning. Motivation tests indicated that integratively-motivated students wrote better than instrumentally-motivated students. It was also found that the students had little exposure to English outside the classroom, making exposure to English a negligible predictor, and that graduates of private and church-affiliated schools performed better than others. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Puerto Rico