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Is there a Writing Competence Crisis?: Investigating Swedish Student Texts in National Tests Using Corpus Methods
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Scandinavian Languages, Advanced Studies in Modern Swedish. (Nationella prov i svenska och svenska som andraspråk)
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The writing abilities of young adults is a subject of constant debate in Sweden. Although many opinions are heard about the quality of contemporary student texts, there is a lack of descriptions of the actual texts. The proposed project, using unique material consisting of texts from the National Test of Swedish and Swedish as a Second Language collected since the 1970s, is aimed at providing a solid, empirically based linguistic description of lexical and syntactic features in texts from upper secondary students to enable a discussion of writing competence. In a diachronic perspective, texts from different periods will be compared in order to determine how – if at all – student texts have changed over time. Furthermore, we aim to contribute to the discussion on writing competence by relating lexical and syntactic features in the texts to grades and to the writers’ socio-geographic situation. Methodologically, the project applies computer-based methods for analysis, and by this it takes a different route than the socio-constructivist approach which dominates the Swedish context today. We will thus be able to contribute to a better understanding of the benefits and shortcomings of corpus methods in relation to student texts. The project will make important contributions to the understanding of linguistic changes over time in the Swedish context, to the concept of writing competence, to writing instruction in schools, and to writing assessment.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-379680OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-379680DiVA, id: diva2:1297333
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Language Learning and Use. Uppsala University 3 May 2018
Available from: 2019-03-19 Created: 2019-03-19 Last updated: 2019-10-03Bibliographically approved

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