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ERIC Number: EJ921712
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-0265-5322
Testing the Lexical Recognition Task with Spanish/English Bilinguals in the United States
Fairclough, Marta
Language Testing, v28 n2 p273-297 Apr 2011
This investigation intends to assess the effectiveness of a lexical recognition test (Meara & Buxton, 1987) as a placement tool that distinguishes among levels of two groups of students: Spanish heritage language learners (HLL) and second language learners (SLL). Three hundred and thirty university students from four different levels completed a 10-minute/200-word task based on Davies' (2006) Spanish frequency corpora. The results were compared to those from a control group of bilingual graduate students. As comparison measures, about half of the students completed a Cloze Test while the rest were asked to carry out a Multiple-task Test. The results of the study suggest that for SLL, and HLL at the lower levels of language ability, a lexical test based on the 5000 most frequent words in Spanish is a valid and practical testing tool that correlates with other measures of language proficiency. For more advanced levels of HLL, a wider range of words is necessary to avoid the ceiling effect. (Contains 4 tables, 7 figures and 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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