Vercellotti Corpus

Mary Lou Vercellotti
Department of English
Ball State University


Participants: 188
Type of Study: classroom
Location: Pittsburgh
Media type: audio
DOI: doi:10.21415/T5W88X
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Citation information

Vercellotti, M. L. (in press). The development of complexity, accuracy, and fluency in second language performance: A longitudinal study. Applied Linguistics. doi:10.1093/applin/amv002.

Vercellotti, M. L. & Packer, J. (2016). Shifting structural complexity: The production of clause types in speeches given by English for Academic Purposes students. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 22, 179-190.

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Project Description

This project investigates the development of complexity, accuracy, and fluency in the speech of English language learners. This research is classroom-based, pedagogy-driven language development research. Participants were adult learners entering an Intensive English Program (IEP) in the United States during the year 2010. The longitudinal data were collected during class meetings, as part of the speaking curriculum at every instruction level in the IEP. The data, two-minute monologues on a given topic, were collected by each student in the IEP multiple times per academic semester, and many students remained in the IEP across multiple semesters. The topics varied by semester, by level, and sometimes by class section for pedagogical reasons. The speeches were transcribed by a native speaker experienced in transcribing non-native speech and segmented into sentence-level units, AS-units, following Foster, Tonkyn, and Wigglesworth (2000).