Objective Lexical and Grammatical Characteristics of L2 Written Compositions and the Validity of Separate-Component Tests

  • Pierre J. L. Arnaud


Discrete-item tests of separate components of language went out of fashion in the 1970s with the trend towards communicative assessment. They were, however, summarily condemned and, in Farhady’s (1983) words, ‘… the discrete-point approach became the object of serious and sometimes unreasonable attacks from scholars in the field.’ This does not mean that they are entirely devoid of practical or theoretical interest, and the present study is an attempt at validating discrete-item tests of vocabulary and grammar against objective characteristics of English compositions written by French learners.


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