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ERIC Number: EJ1112055
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0026-7902
A Measure of Proficiency or Short-Term Memory? Validation of an Elicited Imitation Test for SLA Research
Kim, Youjin; Tracy-Ventura, Nicole; Jung, Yeonjoo
Modern Language Journal, v100 n3 p655-673 Fall 2016
Elicited imitation requires listeners to listen and repeat sentences as accurately as possible. In second language acquisition (SLA) research it has been used for a variety of purposes. Recently, versions of the same elicited imitation test (EIT) have been created in 6 languages with the purpose of measuring second language proficiency (Ortega et al., 2002; Tracy-Ventura et al., 2014; Wu & Ortega, 2013). The validity of these EITs has been tested, and results are promising. However, questions remain regarding the extent to which EIT performance is mediated by learners' memory span. The current study validates a new Korean EIT following the Ortega et al. (2002) design and, as part of that, investigates the potential role of phonological short-term memory in test performance. Korean as a second language learners (N = 66) took the following tests over 2 days: the Korean EIT, the listening section of the standardized Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK), a speaking test, and a forward digit span test in their first language. Results indicated significant positive correlations between EIT scores and the various proficiency measures, but a weak and nonsignificant correlation between the EIT and forward digit span scores. Together, these results provide support for this EIT as a valid and reliable proficiency measure for use in SLA research.
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