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Journal:   IRANIAN JOURNAL OF APPLIED LINGUISTICS (IJAL)   SEPTEMBER 2003 , Volume 6 , Number 2; Page(s) 133 To 151.
 
Paper: 

EFL LEARNERS PROFICIENCY IN ENGLISH AND THEIR WRITING PERFORMANCE ON A LETTER WRITING TASK

 
 
Author(s):  ZAREI A.
 
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Abstract: 

The investigation of the role of L2 proficiency in L2writing ability continues to be revealing for the better understanding of L2 writing. This kind of study is also much needed in EFL settings like Iran for the better specification of the actual role of EFL writing instructors. The present article addresses the relationship between EFL proficiency and some qualitative and quantitative aspects of EFL writing performance. 140 college EFL learners, majoring in English as a foreign language in Iran, performed a letter-writing task. The quantitative and qualitative aspects of their writing performance were then quantified and studied un relation to their EFL proficiency. Correlation coefficients and analysis of variance showed that: 1) participants with higher EFL proficiency scores proficiency score produced texts of significantly better quality (R=0.42, P>.01); 2) text length, measured by the total number of words written per letter, was very weakly correlated with EFL proficiency scores (R=0.2, P>.05); and 30 the correlation between the fluency or speed of writing measured by mean number of words written per minute on the one hand and EFL proficiency scores on the other hand was not found to be significant . The results of this study suggest that although higher EFL proficiency may lead to the production of L2 texts with better quality and quantity - at least in some tasks - it does not necessarily affect the fluency and the processing requirements of the complex task of EFL writing. Instead, L2 writing fluency in its limited definition in this work was shown to be a function of L2 writing ability level.

 
Keyword(s): EFL WRITING, PROFICIENCY, LETTER WRITING, QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE
 
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