Measurements of development in L2 written production: The case of L2 Chinese

Jiang, Wenying (2013) Measurements of development in L2 written production: The case of L2 Chinese. Applied Linguistics, 34 1: 1-24. doi:10.1093/applin/ams019

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Author Jiang, Wenying
Title Measurements of development in L2 written production: The case of L2 Chinese
Journal name Applied Linguistics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0142-6001
Publication date 2013-02
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/applin/ams019
Open Access Status
Volume 34
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 24
Total pages 24
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract This study investigates measures for second language (L2) writing development. A T-unit, which has been found the most satisfactory unit of analysis for measuring L2 development in English, is extended to measure L2 Chinese writing development through a cross-sectional design in this study. Data were collected from three L2 Chinese learner groups (n = 116) at different proficiency levels determined by institutional status, namely year of study and a native control group (n = 66). A T-unit in Chinese is firstly defined and then solutions for questions of practicality faced in extending T-unit analysis to Chinese are provided. In order to confirm the reliability of T-unit length as a measure for Chinese, T-unit analysis is applied to L1 Chinese before it is used to measure L2 Chinese development. With T-unit length being established as a reliable measure in L1 Chinese, three specific T-unit measures, namely T-unit length, error-free T-unit length, and percentage of error-free T-units, are extended to measure L2 Chinese writing development. Percentage of error-free T-units is found to be the only measure that discriminates between all levels of this learner cohort. Significance of the findings and relevance to measurements of L2 writing development in general are discussed.
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Additional Notes First published online: 6 July 2012.

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