TITLE

The Role of Source Text Translation in a Simulated Summary Writing Test: What Do Test Takers Say?

AUTHOR(S)
Weiqing Wang
PUB. DATE
March 2013
SOURCE
Asian EFL Journal;Mar2013, Vol. 15 Issue 1, p246
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This paper reports on a small-scale study which examined test takers' perceptions of the role of source text translation in a simulated summary writing test. Three Chinese learners of English who were living in the United States took a test which required them to summarize a Chinese text, their first language, into English, their second language. A telephone interview was then conducted with each participant. Analysis of the interview comments revealed that while two of the participants tried to avoid directly translating the original text in the writing process, one participant used source text translation as the major strategy. Accordingly, the test assessed either more of their writing skill or more of their translation skill. This result suggests that summary writing based on an article in a test takers' first language may not always fully assess test takers' writing ability.
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93432567

 

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