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Processbarhet på prov: Bedömning av muntlig språkfärdighet hos vuxna andraspråskinlärare
Uppsala universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4254-4252
2009 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Processability in tests : Assessment of oral proficiency in adult secon language learners (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This dissertation concerns oral language tests from a grammatical perspective. Tests today are usually assessed based on a communicative approach to language, so it is interesting to see how great a significance the level of grammatical development of test takers has for their communicative competence in general.

The data in the investigation consist of recorded test conversations from a Swedish national language proficiency test, Tisus (test in Swedish for university and university college studies). The general aim of the study is to investigate whether there is a difference between the test takers who passed and those who failed in terms of their level of grammatical development. This is investigated in one main study and two smaller follow-up studies.

The theoretical basis for this work is comprised of theories on second language learning and theories on language testing. For the grammatical analysis, Pienemann’s processability theory (PT) is applied. This theory posits that learners acquire certain morpho-syntactic structures in a particular order, something that produces a hierarchy consisting of five levels.

In the main study, a quantitative analysis is made of the test takers’ level of grammatical development relative to their TISUS results. The results show a clear correlation between grammatical level and test results. There also seems to be a kind of watershed at level 4, given that most of the test takers who passed have command of this level in the PT hierarchy, whereas those who failed, as a rule, only make it to level 3.

The first follow-up study is more qualitative in nature and is focused on the test takers who deviate from the general pattern of results in the main study: those who failed despite their high grammatical level and those who passed despite their low grammatical level. One result of this follow-up study is that, in these cases, it appears communicative competence was critical. Being able to orient oneself to the special conversational situation represented by the test conversation is considered to be particularly important. In a second follow-up study, the problems of applying PT to morphology and syntax are examined.

The results of the dissertation suggest that there is a correlation between grammatical competence and communicative competence in general. This means that the grammatical levels in the PT hierarchy may constitute a useful basis of analysis in oral assessments, as a complement to other assessment tools.

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Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2009. , p. 218
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Skrifter utgivna av Institutionen för nordiska språk vid Uppsala universitet, ISSN 0083-4661 ; 78
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Swedish as a second language, processability theory, oral language testing, communicative language ability, morphological development, syntactical development, interaction
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-40694Libris ID: 11300282ISBN: 978-91-506-2044-3 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-40694DiVA, id: diva2:1430183
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