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August 2, 2021 at 8:00 am

50th Anniversary Linguistics Colloquium | Carla Consolini on Spanish L2 writing assessment, Oct. 29

Carla Consolini, portrait

Carla Consolini

The Linguistics Colloquium series presents Carla Consolini discussing “Spanish L2 writing assessment: lexical sophistication and lexical diversity as predictors of proficiency” on Friday, Oct. 29, from 12:55 to 1:50 p.m. via Microsoft TEAMS.

Contact Dr. David Bell, linguistics chair,, for questions.

Consolini, a Ph.D. candidate in linguistics at the University of Oregon, is an Ohio University alumna who earned an M.A. in Linguistics.

 Abstract: In the fields of second language acquisition (SLA) and second language assessment (SLS) much has been investigated regarding L2 writing development and assessment of English as a foreign or second language (EFL/ESL). However, in respects to Spanish as a foreign or second language (SFL/SSL) the research has focused on the development of writing skills (Gallego, 2019; García Salido & García, 2018), but not on predictors or writing proficiency that can inform L2 Spanish writing assessment, such as lexical sophistication (Kim et al., 2017) or lexical diversity (Jarvis, 2013), which have been investigated in ESL and EFL contexts. This research gap in the L2 Spanish assessment literature, coupled with the increasing Spanish L2 population (Instituto Cervantes, 2020; Data USA, 2020), has guided this research project to investigate whether measurements of lexical proficiency and lexical diversity can be used as predictors of L2 Spanish proficiency, particularly in the written medium. For these purposes, an analysis of an L2 Spanish corpus of written essays was carried out, with a Spanish corpus of books and media as a reference corpus. Scores of word frequency average, moving-average type-token ratio (MATTR), and the number of words were compared with a proficiency scale determined for each Spanish L2 participant who wrote at least one or more essays. A multiple regression model and a correlation calculation between these and other variables were carried out. The results show a strong correlation between proficiency and MTTR indices, a weak correlation between average word frequency, and a significant multiple regression model that includes these and other variables to help predict proficiency.

About Linguistics’ 50th Anniversary Celebration

“We are really looking forward to everyone joining us this year, either live in person or via Microsoft TEAMS to celebrate our anniversary,” said Bell, who also invited alumni and friends to add their names to the donor wall by making a gift, of whatever amount, to the Linguistics Department’s crowdfunding campaign.

He noted that all funds go to support our students’ registration and travel expenses to conferences where they will present their research.

“And please stay in touch! Send us a message on our Linguistics FB page at,” he added.

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