Journal article

Capturing Accuracy in Second Language Performance: The Case for a Weighted Clause Ratio

Pauline Foster, Gillian Wigglesworth

ANNUAL REVIEW OF APPLIED LINGUISTICS | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2016

Abstract

As increasing numbers of research papers in applied linguistics, language learning, and assessment use discourse analysis techniques to assess accuracy in performance, it is timely to examine at a detailed level the wide variety of measures employed. Ideally, measures need to capture accuracy in as valid and reliable a way as possible, but this has proved elusive. In this article, we systematically review the variety of different measures in used in these fields, both global and local, before presenting a more finely tuned weighted clause ratio measure which classifies errors at different levels, that is, those that seriously impede communication, those that impair communication to some degr..

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