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ERIC Number: EJ776087
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0002-726X
A Tool for Monitoring the Development of Written English: T-Unit Analysis Using the SAWL
White, Alfred H.
American Annals of the Deaf, v152 n1 p29-41 Spr 2007
The article reports the development of the Structural Analysis of Written Language (SAWL), an instrument designed for use by classroom teachers in objectively documenting the ability of children to write in English. The SAWL allows teachers to use T-unit analysis to quantitatively assess language improvement regardless of whether the student writes perfect English, flawed English, and/or generates "wordstrings" with minimal English structure. The SAWL introduces two new indexes of linguistic maturity, morphemes per T-unit (MTU) and the word efficiency ratio (WER). The SAWL also allows teachers to (a) objectively compare a child's written composition with printed material and (b) make a seamless comparison of a student's written English across his or her academic life using the same indexes of measurement. (Contains 3 figures and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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