Writing for University Composition Classes vs. Writing for TOEFL iBT: Insights from Students and Instructors

5:00pm EDT

ICC 107

Presented at: ECOLT 2015

We conducted a study that examines the comparability of TOEFL iBT writing tasks and tasks assigned in required university writing courses. Specifically, we investigated whether students viewed their performance on the TOEFL iBT writing tasks as comparable to their writing performance in their required writing class. We also examined instructors’ and students’ perceptions of the comparability of the characteristics of the TOEFL writing tasks and rubrics and those assigned in required writing classes.

Detailed findings of quantitative and qualitative data from the student and teacher questionnaires and teacher interviews will be presented and implications of the findings for the validity of score interpretations and the nature of the TLU domain will be discussed.