Fluency in ESL Writing: Length of Writing and Length of T-unit as Measures

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2005
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Oh, Saerhim
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This study investigated 67 writing samples from a placement test which were placed into two different levels. The purpose of the study was threefold. One was to see if there is a difference among the two levels in terms of fluency. Second, the study examined how much the fluency measures can predict students’ placement in different levels. Third, it attempted to see what kind of relationship exists between the two measures used as gauge of fluency: the number of words and the mean length of T-unit. The analysis of the study reveals that there is a significant difference in fluency between the two levels, and that the percentage of the prediction of the fluency measures in students’ placement differs for the two levels. Additionally the correlation between the two measures suggests that the number of words and the mean length of the T-unit both might not be measuring the same construct.
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placement test, L2 writing, writing fluency, T-unit
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26 pages
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