IJSSH 2012 Vol.2(1): 80-84 ISSN:2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2012.V2.73

Task Types in EFL Context: Accuracy, Fluency, and Complexity in Assessing Writing Performance

Natasha Pourdana and Sayyed Mohammad Karimi Behbahani

Abstract—Inspired by the recent surge of interests in EFL writing assessment, this study intended to examine the impact of three types of language assessment tasks - Topic Writing, Picture Description, and Text Reconstruction - on aspects of accuracy, fluency and complexity in Iranian EFL learners’ writing performance. Findings from Analysis of Variances (ANOVA) demonstrated a high degree of accuracy and complexity in EFL learners’ performance on Topic Writing task, comparing to aspect of fluency which was demonstrated to be the highest in EFL learners’ performance on Picture Description task. Suggestions for simultaneously improving various aspects of EFL learners' writing performance were also provided.

Index Terms—Accuracy, assessment tasks, complexity, fluency, writing

Natasha Pourdana is a PHD holder in applied linguistics and a full-time assistant professor in Department of English Translation, Islamic Azad University, Karaj Branch, Iran (e-mail: Natasha.qale@gmail.com).
Sayyed Mohammad Karimi Behbahani is a PHD holder in English translation studies and a full-time assistant professor in Department of English Translation, Islamic Azad University, Karaj Branch, Iran (e-mail: m.behbahani@kiau.ac.ir)

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Cite: Natasha Pourdana and Sayyed Mohammad Karimi Behbahani, "Task Types in EFL Context: Accuracy, Fluency, and Complexity in Assessing Writing Performance," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 80-84, 2012.

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