Explaining L2 Writing Performance Through a Chain of Predictors: A SEM Approach

The Southeast Asian Journal of English Language Studies, Vol 21(2): 115 – 130

16 Pages Posted: 3 Aug 2015

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Leah Gustilo

De La Salle University

Carlo Magno

De La Salle University, Manila

Date Written: July 1, 2015

Abstract

Renewed calls for identifying other variables and validating previous models that account for the complex interplay of mechanisms that are activated in the writing process have been made. In response to this call, the study investigates whether text production processes (idea generation, idea encoding, idea/text revision, and idea transcription) mediate the effect of topic knowledge, linguistic knowledge, writing approach, and writing experience on writing performance. Writer’s performance was measured by timed essays, while the psycholinguistic and linguistic variables were measured by scales and tests. Results yielded by Structural Equations Modeling indicate that topic knowledge and linguistic knowledge have direct effects on writing performance and indirect effects on writing performance through text production process. Writing approach and writing experience do not directly affect writing performance, but they indirectly affect writing performance through text production processes.

Keywords: writing proficiency; cognitive process; ESL writing; L2 writing performance

Suggested Citation

Gustilo, Leah and Magno, Carlo, Explaining L2 Writing Performance Through a Chain of Predictors: A SEM Approach (July 1, 2015). The Southeast Asian Journal of English Language Studies, Vol 21(2): 115 – 130. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2638767

Leah Gustilo

De La Salle University ( email )

2401 Taft Avenue
Manila, Metro Manila 1004
Philippines

Carlo Magno (Contact Author)

De La Salle University, Manila ( email )

2401 Taft. Ave.
Manila, 4002
Philippines

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