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ERIC Number: EJ1085492
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0015-718X
Using Speaking Test Data to Define the Advanced Proficiency Level for L2 Arabic Speakers
Loomis, Summer
Foreign Language Annals, v48 n4 p604-617 Win 2015
Reaching the Advanced level of proficiency in speaking is a common goal of second language learners, but data on advanced learners of less commonly taught languages such as Arabic are scarce. This mixed-methods study reports words-per-minute and type-token ratios for three ACTFL levels--10 Intermediate Mid, 10 Advanced Mid, and 8 Superior--obtained from full-length OPIs. Independent-samples t tests revealed a significant difference between Intermediate Mid and Advanced Mid speakers on both measures, but no significant difference between Advanced Mid and Superior speakers was found. Qualitative observations on the distinctive features of Advanced learners' speech are also shared.
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Language: English
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