Noun phrase complexity in integrated writing produced by advanced Chinese EFL learners
Lirong Xu, Zhejiang University
Volume 8, Issue 1, 2019
Abstract: This study aims to investigate the relationship between the noun phrase complexity of advanced Chinese EFL learners’ integrated writing and the score assigned by expert raters. Their written performance was also compared with those of native English speakers (NS) at university level with particular reference to the use of noun phrases. One hundred and twenty integrated writing samples were collected from an English writing test administered in a southeastern province of China. Results showed that there was a moderately positive correlation between the use of complex nominals in testtakers’ writing and the corresponding score. More specifically, nonnative speakers of English (NNS) and NS groups differed significantly in the majority of noun phrase complexity measures. The implications are discussed concerning noun phrase complexity as a more reliable measure of syntactic complexity for an integrated writing test.
Keywords: integrated writing; noun phrase complexity; academic writing