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ERIC Number: EJ1072209
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1578-7044
Researching Simplicity and Sophistication in Student Writing
Breeze, Ruth
International Journal of English Studies, v8 n1 p51-66 2008
The programs WordSmith and VocabProfile were used to research lexical differences between essays written in English by Spanish undergraduates and a set of essays independently judged as being of TWE grade 6 standard. The results indicated that writing by this group of students was generally characterised by low lexical variation, a preponderance of high-frequency words and under-use of academic vocabulary in comparison with the target style. Reasons for the apparent lexical simplicity of this sample of student writing are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Test of Written English
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