Title

Case Study of an ESL Learner's Writing Complexity Progression

Date

5-31-2018 8:30 AM

End Time

31-5-2018 8:37 AM

Location

WUC Willamette Room

Session Chair

Henry Hughes

Session Title

Literature, Writing and Linguistics

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Robert Troyer

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

This study reviews ways of evaluating complexity in language learner's academic writing. The prevalence of writing in academic settings for grading makes understanding writing complexity incredibly important. Evaluating one aspect of writing complexity is not enough, so for this study both syntactic and lexical complexity were evaluated. Syntactic complexity is established by looking at sentence or clause length. Lexical complexity is evaluated by content vs function words and usages of different parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adverbs...). Using data from a single ELL written over 6 months apart can help show the changes in their writing and its complexity. Understanding the progression an ELL student will go through in their writing complexity can help teachers anticipate the struggles and developmental processes students will go through during the writing process.

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Case Study of an ESL Learner's Writing Complexity Progression

WUC Willamette Room

This study reviews ways of evaluating complexity in language learner's academic writing. The prevalence of writing in academic settings for grading makes understanding writing complexity incredibly important. Evaluating one aspect of writing complexity is not enough, so for this study both syntactic and lexical complexity were evaluated. Syntactic complexity is established by looking at sentence or clause length. Lexical complexity is evaluated by content vs function words and usages of different parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adverbs...). Using data from a single ELL written over 6 months apart can help show the changes in their writing and its complexity. Understanding the progression an ELL student will go through in their writing complexity can help teachers anticipate the struggles and developmental processes students will go through during the writing process.