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ERIC Number: ED471461
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 35
Abstractor: N/A
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A Scalable Set of ESL Reading Comprehension Items.
Perkins, Kyle
Guttman implicational scaling techniques were used to identify a unidimensional set of English as a Second Language reading comprehension items. Data were analyzed from 202 students who sat for an institutional administration of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The examinees who contributed to the scalable set had significantly higher TOEFL scores than those who didn't contribute to the scalable set. The distribution of native languages represented in the scalable pool was significantly different from the native language distribution of the entire sample. The scalable items had significantly fewer syllables in their question stems than the nonscalable items. The scalable item question taxonomy distribution deviated significantly from the question taxonomy distribution for all the items. The results are discussed in relation to the Linguistic Threshold Hypothesis, language transfer, capacity constrained comprehension, psycholinguistic processing approaches, universal grammar, restructuring, and the Competition Model. (Contains 1 figure, 2 tables, and 41 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Test of English as a Foreign Language