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Title: Tasks for assessing second language receptive and productive vocabulary
Author: Waring, R. B.
ISNI:       0000 0001 1718 0309
Awarding Body: University of Wales Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 1999
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Standard vocabulary tasks such as multiple-choice tasks or cued recall tasks can contribute little to our understanding of the nature of Receptive and Productive vocabulary. The main reasons for this include difficulties with task construct definition and the difficulties in ascertaining which mental processes are needed for task completion. The State Rating Task (SRT), described in detail in this thesis, was developed as a plausible alternative to standard vocabulary tasks for assessing Receptive and Productive vocabulary. The SRT, which is based on Multi-State models of vocabulary acquisition, is designed to assess the interaction of Understanding (listening and reading) vocabulary and Use (speaking and writing) vocabulary in a self-report task. The task requires a subject to rate a word into one of five knowledge States. The SRT was tested in two experimental situations. In the first, the SRT was used to assess the types of tokens produced in a stem completion task, and in the second, the SRT was used to trace the developmental patterns of Understanding and Use vocabulary over time. The results from 7 experiments show that the SRT has a high degree of concurrent validity and reliability, and suggest that the SRT is a plausible alternative to standard vocabulary tests for assessing vocabulary development.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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