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ERIC Number: ED434535
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
Pages: 121
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Comparing the Effects of Native Language and Learning Experience on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign English as a Second Language Test.
Kang, Sungwoo
A study investigated the relationship between two factors, native language and language learning experience, on university students' performance on the English Placement Test used at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Subjects were 203 students who took the test in August 1994 and completed a questionnaire about their learning experiences. The test consisted of three sections: language structure; video-essay; and pronunciation. Statistical analysis of test results and student information revealed that native language was more influential on test performance than learning experience. Language groups differed in both the pronunciation and video-essay sections, whereas learning-experience groupings differed only in the video-essay section. Neither grouping showed statistically significant differences on the structure section, but native language groupings did perform differentially, although not to statistical significance. Results suggest that test-takers' native languages should be given more weight than learning experience in placing students into appropriate English-as-a-Second-Language classes if variables other than English language proficiency are considered in placement. Appendices contain an English Placement Test information form and simultaneous item bias test output. Contains 48 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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