As the field of second/foreign language (L2) acquisition continues to evolve, research methods are becoming increasingly rigorous. It is now imperative for researchers to document and control for factors affecting L2 learners' performance on experiments, including proficiency in the target language. This study presents the results of a cloze test designed for assessing the proficiency of L2 learners of French. It shows that the cloze test is valid and reliable, discriminates well between L2 learners, and can be completed within the time constraints of an experimental paradigm. Methodological recommendations are made for implementing cloze tests in L2 acquisition research.
Selected Proceedings of the 2008 Second Language Research Forum: Exploring SLA Perspectives, Positions, and Practices
edited by Matthew T. Prior, Yukiko Watanabe, and Sang-Ki Lee
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