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Events for the week :
December 02, 2012 - December 08, 2012
December 02
December 03
December 04
  • Student term paper presentations from Seminar on Agreement

    Time: 09:45am - 11:00am 

    Place: Memorial Hall 401


    9:45-10:10: Gender agreement in heritage Russian (Veronika Trotter)

    10:10-10:35: Agreement in categorial grammar: Towards an account for first/last conjunct agreement (Wren Thornton)

    10:35-11:00: Comitative coordination in Russian and Polish (Coady Brownsten)


    In category: Morphosyntax and semantics


December 05
December 06
December 07
  • Investigating the rater bias patterns in reading-to-write tasks using FACETS

    Time: 02:30pm - 04:00pm 

    Place: Ballantine Hall 205


    Sunyoung Shin

    Reading-to-write tasks have become more common recently in university settings as more valid and authentic means to assess academic writing skills than a traditional, impromptu composition test (Plakans, 2009; Weigle, 2004). However, to date, little research has been conducted on the reliability of ratings in the assessment of reading-to-write tasks particularly in terms of rater behavior in relation to test takers and scoring domains. In this vein, this paper aims to explore rater severity and consistency, and scoring domain difficulty and consistency along with rater bias patterns towards examinee levels and domains in the reading-to-write tasks using FACETS. In the study, six experienced raters scored 83 ESL learners' written responses to two texts about the same topic, but with different points of view, using analytic rating rubrics comprising five domains: 1) Recognition; 2) Organization; 3) Development; 4) Language Use; and 5) Text Engagement. Findings revealed that raters were not equally severe despite their high inter-rater reliability, and "Recognition" category was found to be the most harshly rated compared to other scoring domains. Additionally, raters tended to score more harshly high-level test takers and more leniently low-level ones, which is in line with the findings of previous research on rater bias patterns in independent writing tasks (Kondo-Brown, 2002; Schaefer, 2008). The analysis also showed that reading-related domains, such as "Recognition" and "Text Engagement", are significantly either harshly or leniently scored by different raters. This study thus provides an insight into analytic rating rubric development and rater training for the reading-to-write tasks.


    In category: Second language acquisition


December 08

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