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제목 Effects of the Production-Oriented Approach on the Syntactic Complexity of English Writing by Chinese University Students: Evidence from a Pedagogical Intervention Study
저자 Shaojie Li & Se-Eun Jhang
권/호 제29권 / 4호
출처 65-92
논문게재일 2021-12-31
초록 Li, Shaojie & Jhang, Se-Eun. (2021). Effects of the production-oriented approach on the syntactic complexity of English writing by Chinese university students: Evidence from a pedagogical intervention study. The Linguistic Association of Korea Journal, 29(4), 65-92. The Production-oriented Approach (POA) has been developed over the past decade to improve university English instruction in China, and has proven effective. Empirical studies investigating its long-term effects on the quality of university students English writing are still under-represented, however. To fill the research gap, we conducted a 16-week experiment, exploring its effects on the syntactic complexity of six Chinese university students English writing. The results are as follows: (1) Generally, the POA exerted a positive impact on the syntactic complexity of the students writings. (2) In terms of proficiency level, for the higher-level learners, although there were no significant differences among the pretest, posttest, and delayed posttest, there was an improvement from the pretest to delayed posttest in the mean length of T-unit (MLT) and from the pretest to posttest in the complex nominal per T-unit (CN/T), demonstrating the effectiveness of the POA. For the intermediate level learners, there were no significant differences in both the MLT and CN/T, whereas the continuous improvement from the pretest to delayed posttest revealed the POAs lasting impact on the syntactic complexity. For the lower-level learners, the values of the CN/T showed a significant difference between the pretest and delayed posttest, indicating that the POA had a significant effect on the syntactic complexity of their written language. It is hoped that this study can shed light on an effective approach to teaching English as a foreign language at the tertiary level.
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