TITLE

Researching Simplicity and Sophistication in Student Writing

AUTHOR(S)
BREEZE, RUTH
PUB. DATE
March 2008
SOURCE
International Journal of English Studies;2008, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p51
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The programs WordSmith and VocabProfile were used to research lexical differences between essays written in English by Spanish undergraduates and a set of essays independently judged as being of TWE grade 6 standard. The results indicated that writing by this group of students was generally characterised by low lexical variation, a preponderance of high-frequency words and under-use of academic vocabulary in comparison with the target style. Reasons for the apparent lexical simplicity of this sample of student writing are discussed.
ACCESSION #
35706768

 

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