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Title: The development of a measure of lexical organisation : the association vocabulary test
Author: Vives Boix, C.
Awarding Body: University College of Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 1995
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The background of this research lies in the increasing concern, in the field of vocabulary testing, for finding new ways of approaching the assessment of vocabulary knowledge in L2 learners from a more qualitative perspective. The two main approaches to vocabulary testing are reviewed: those focussing on the assessment of overall vocabulary size, and those interested in assessing vocabulary in depth. This research begins by attempting to design a test procedure which is sensitive to both these approaches, the Association Vocabulary Test (AVT). The AVT presents the testees with pairs of words, associated or not. They have to recognise whether there is a strong semantic link between them. We claim that this task is highly informative of both quantity and quality of vocabulary knowledge. On the one hand, large numbers of words are tested. On the other, the task may elicit knowledge of word concept, different meanings, associations, collocations and uses in language. The main purpose of this research is to test these claims and to develop the test to satisfactory levels of reliability and validity. In the first group of studies, the AVT is experimental and analysed thoroughly. The first results indicate that reliability indices are moderate. A number of factors such as the effect of language level, scoring method and test size are investigated in connection with the test reliability. The main factor affecting test reliability is test size. It is, therefore, suggested that the AVT should have at least 100 items, in order to obtain reliable scores. The findings of these studies are discussed in chapter six, where we also point to some limitations of the first test design, and suggest an alternative format.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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