To the top

Page Manager: Webmaster
Last update: 9/11/2012 3:13 PM

Tell a friend about this page
Print version

Grammatical accuracy and … - University of Gothenburg, Sweden Till startsida
Sitemap
To content Read more about how we use cookies on gu.se

Grammatical accuracy and complexity in a speaking proficiency test

Chapter in book
Authors Anders Agebjörn
Published in Teachability and Learnability Across Languages / edited by Ragnar Arntzen, Gisela Håkansson, Arnstein Hjelde, Jörg-U. Keßler
Pages 137-159
ISBN 9789027203120
ISSN 2210-6480
Publisher John Benjamins Publishing Company
Place of publication Amsterdam
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Swedish
Pages 137-159
Language en
Keywords language proficiency; grammatical accuracy; grammatical complexity; processability theory; language assessment; Common European Framework of Reference
Subject categories Bilingualism

Abstract

The Common European Framework of Reference has stimulated research on the relation between linguistic competence and communicative competence. Such studies have often used linguistic measures from the Complexity-Accuracy-Fluency (CAF) paradigm to objectively tap into the linguistic competence of language learners; others have used Processability Theory. This study contributes to this research by measuring grammatical accuracy and complexity, in terms of both CAF and level of processability, in learners of second language Swedish taking a speaking proficiency test. The results show that a higher level of processability primarily enables learners to use a more complex, rather than a more accurate, language. Nevertheless, assessors focus primarily on accuracy. This raises questions about the reliability of communicative language testing, and the article argues for a more psycholinguistic and experimental approach to language testing.

Page Manager: Webmaster|Last update: 9/11/2012
Share:

The University of Gothenburg uses cookies to provide you with the best possible user experience. By continuing on this website, you approve of our use of cookies.  What are cookies?