Measuring Syntactic Maturity: An Analysis in Written Text

Speaker:Yan Marli| Location:Room 6| Date:August 13, 2016| Time:5:10 - 5:40 pm


This paper tries to explore the model of measures which can be used to measure ESL/EFL students’ syntactic maturity. In some previous studies, various kinds of measures have been applied by researchers. Generally, those measures can be classified into 3 main categories i.e. Holistic Scales, Error-Count (with or without Classifications), and EFTs and/or EFCs. The first two types focus more on counting the number of errors to be compared with the number of error-free, whereas the latter one only count the number of error-free by avoiding to count the error. Similarly, the three concepts measure syntactic maturity by paying attention to the quantity of either the number of error or that of error-free. Based on this weakness, I propose a new practical approach in measuring syntactic maturity. The intended one is called “Heading”. This model, in principle, follows EFTs/EFC with some modification. This difference, finally, enables it to be more quickly and practically detect the type of error if a clause is not error-free. The objectives of writing this paper are twofold; (1) to look for an ideal model of measure to measure syntactic maturity, (2) to assist teachers of language to easily detect and correct any errors made by their students.

Key-words: Syntactic Maturity, Holistic Scales, EFTs/EFCs, Error-Count, Heading.

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Category: Day 3 | August 13, 2016, Presenter Schedule