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Book: Comprehensibility in Language Assessment

Chapter: Comprehensibility at a Discourse / Text Level

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.41099


Spoken texts and the features associated with longer turns of monologic speech are the focus of this chapter. These typically include monologues such as presentations or speeches, narration and extended turns that might include characteristics of argumentation or description. Potentially impactful elements identified in the literature (e.g. Isaacs & Trofimovich, 2012) and in research are examined and, as in chapter 2, analysed from three perspectives:
a) reported impact on comprehensibility
b) how the features are reflected in rating scales
c) impact of L1 discourse conventions on comprehensibility

Chapter Contributors

  • Parvaneh Tavakoli ( - parvaneh) 'University of Reading'
  • Sheryl Cooke ( - scooke) 'British Council'