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Productive Collocation Knowledge at Advanced CEFR Levels: Evidence from the Development of a Test for Advanced L2 French
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Romance Studies and Classics.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Romance Studies and Classics.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Romance Studies and Classics.
Number of Authors: 32018 (English)In: Canadian modern language review, ISSN 0008-4506, E-ISSN 1710-1131, Vol. 74, no 4, p. 627-649Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present study investigates the relationship between productive collocation knowledge and advanced levels on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale. More precisely, the potential progression between the B2 and C1 levels of the CEFR is studied through the development of a productive collocation test in second language (L2) French. The test targets frequent verb-noun collocations in written L2 French, identified using the database Les Voisins de Le Monde. Three different pilot studies are presented, with both native speakers (NSs) and non-native speakers (NNSs) of French (with different first languages), for a total of 152 participants. The test is validated through a general proficiency test and through a test of reliability The final testing session, carried out with 47 NNSs of French, yielded a test with a total of 30 items, which showed significantly different results for the B2 and the C1 levels. In addition to constituting a useful tool in language assessment, this study confirms the key place of productive collocation knowledge at high levels of L2 proficiency.

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2018. Vol. 74, no 4, p. 627-649
Keywords [en]
CEFR, collocations, L2 French, productive knowledge, testing
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Languages and Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-163627DOI: 10.3138/cmlr.2017-0093ISI: 000454111100006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-163627DiVA, id: diva2:1275981
Available from: 2019-01-07 Created: 2019-01-07 Last updated: 2019-01-07Bibliographically approved

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