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ERIC Number: EJ1082787
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Essay Topic Writability Examined through a Statistical Approach from the College Writer's Perspective
Huang, Harry J.
English Language Teaching, v1 n2 p79-85 Dec 2008
No published studies have sufficiently focused on essay topic writability from the perspective of college writers of the new millennium including native English speakers and ESL speakers. In this study, 500 college writers in Metro Toronto in Canada were interviewed to uncover if they found some essay topics easier than other topics. The results indicate that over 90% of them did. The interviewees explained that factors determining the writability of an essay topic include knowledge, interest, experience, and data availability. The positive responses are examined along with the negative ones. Cross-comparison confirms consistency between the two groups. In agreement with previous studies, through a statistical approach and by focusing on essay topic writability, this study alerts frontline teachers as well as language testing administrators to the issue of consistency of difficulty of essay topics in examinations, which can lead to improved validity of such writing tests and examinations across disciplines.
Descriptors: Essays, Writing (Composition), Statistical Analysis, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, College Students, Interviews, Comparative Analysis, Language Tests, Test Validity, Writing Tests, Native Speakers, Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Difficulty Level
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Toronto)