Linguistic Redundancy: Cases Studies by Evaluating Oral Performances for Chinese Students in TEM-4


Oral proficiency of EFL students has been deeply investigated in bilingual studies. This research aims to investigate discourse features of repetition and redundancy of Chinese students in English oral tests. Research concerning repetition and redundancy in bilingualism tends to understand how do they serve as teaching methods in classroom settings. In addition, repetition and redundancy are considered as interpersonal strategies in communication. There is rare research discussing repetition and redundancy as lack of oral proficiency in EFL students. This research is conducted to fill such gap. Corpus-based discourse analysis is employed. The Spoken English Corpus of English Learners (abbr. SECCL) is chosen to analyse oral performances of Chinese students in TEM-4 (Test for English majors, Band 4). Analysis reveals that Chinese students are likely to cause repetition and redundancy in terms of word, sentence and text. We have developed four theoretical frameworks from the perspectives of coherence, meaning progression and communicative purposes to illustrate mechanisms of repetition and redundancy. We explain reasons why repetition and redundancy occur, including the processes of transferring linguistic features of parataxis in Chinese into hypotaxis in English, lack of language proficiency, purposeful language choice and educational power. In addition, we recommend strategies to avoid repetition and redundancy in oral English tests. In terms of significance, this research illustrates how transfer process in SLA occurs by analysing English oral performances of Chinese students,
which is helpful to further understand bilingual transfer processes in oral circumstances.

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Yingfan Hou, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China
Yu Zhu, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, Hong Kong SAR

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Conference: ACE2022
Stream: Foreign Languages Education & Applied Linguistics (including ESL/TESL/TEFL)

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Hou Y., & Zhu Y. (2023) Linguistic Redundancy: Cases Studies by Evaluating Oral Performances for Chinese Students in TEM-4 ISSN: 2186-5892 The Asian Conference on Education 2022: Official Conference Proceedings
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