Portland State University. Department of English
Date of Award
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
1 online resource (115 p.)
English language -- Composition and exercises -- Ability testing, English language -- Study and teaching -- Foreign speakers
This study was designed to test five hypotheses in order to answer the following general research questions: 1) Are measures of syntactic complexity valid indices of ESL writing quality as measured by the holistic rating of student essays? 2) Would a measure of frequency and seriousness of error reflect evaluators' perceptions of ESL writing quality?
Sparks, John S., "Syntactic complexity, error and the holistic evaluation of ESL student essays" (1988). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 3842.