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ERIC Number: EJ1154351
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0958-8221
Effectiveness of ESL Students' Performance by Computational Assessment and Role of Reading Strategies in Courseware-Implemented Business Translation Tasks
Tsai, Shu-Chiao
Computer Assisted Language Learning, v30 n6 p474-487 2017
This study reports on investigating students' English translation performance and their use of reading strategies in an elective English writing course offered to senior students of English as a Foreign Language for 100 minutes per week for 12 weeks. A courseware-implemented instruction combined with a task-based learning approach was adopted. Based on the same source texts in Chinese, students were asked to complete three English translation tasks rooted in real-life business contexts: "announcements," "sales letters," and "public relation reports." A questionnaire about reading strategies was administered at the end of the instruction. Two types of computational assessment were used to evaluate students' translation performance. The results indicated that students' post-translation was quantitatively and qualitatively improved after receiving 12-week's courseware-implemented instruction, such as writing more words, using more different words of high level, enhancing lexical density, and making fewer errors. An independent sample t-test analysis indicated that a significant difference existed between students with higher and lower writing proficiency in two individual reading strategies related to metacognitive strategies that are higher order executive skills.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan
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