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ERIC Number: ED307802
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
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Proofreading Skills and Writing Proficiency: Error Detection, Editing Accuracy and Linguistic Competence.
Rapp, Linda Chan
A study investigated the relationship between writing proficiency and two aspects of proofreading: (1) the ability to detect structural errors, and (2) the ability to accurately correct them. During the fall of 1986 seventeen English-as-a-Second-Language students in the intermediate-level grammar review and paragraph writing class at Biola University were given sample paragraphs to edit. Accuracy and detection ratios were constructed from the number of correct changes, incorrect changes, and undetected errors that students made in editing the sample paragraphs, and a composite proofreader ratio was created from averaging each subject's accuracy and detection ratios. The results indicated that (1) more proficient writers were better able to detect structural errors, (2) there were no significant differences between the different proficiency levels in the ability to treat errors accurately, and (3) the difference between error detection versus editing accuracy was prominent. A sample proofreading passage, with evaluation, is appended. 21 references. (DJD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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