ERIC Number: ED266636
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Evidence for Unique Articulatory and Auditory Dimensions in ESL Data.
Perkins, Kyle; And Others
A study was carried on to analyze a data set in order to determine whether evidence can be found to support or refute the unitary factor hypothesis of language proficiency, which asserts that there is a single language dimension or factor underlying different language tests. The subjects were 50 advanced adult learners of English as a second language with a variety of native languages. Data were elicited with the Wepman Auditory Discrimination Test, the Seashore Measure of Musical Talents tests of pitch and loudness, and the Test of Spoken English (TSE) for oral proficiency. Statistical analysis of the results revealed that there are two distinct factors, auditory and articulatory, present in the data and suggested that more sophisticated analysis of additional data might reveal evidence of a method factor, disconfirming the unitary competence hypothesis and supporting multiple-factor models. Appended are the TSE rating schedules and tables of statistical data. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Numerical/Quantitative Data
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Note: In: Practice and Problems in Language Testing 8. Papers presented at the International Language Testing Symposium of the Interuniversitare Sprachtestgruppe (IUS) (8th, Tampere, Finland, November 17-18, 1984); see FL 015 442.