Departmental Bulletin Paper STUDENT MISCONCEPTIONS OF ENGLISH PROFICIENCY EXAM ESSAY EXPECTATIONS

AMBURGEY, BRENT

57 ( 1 )  , pp.13 - 19 , 2016-12 , Hitotsubashi University
ISSN:0073-2788
NCID:AA00207525
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Data provided by ETS, the company that creates and administers the TOEFL exam, reveals that Japanese students perform poorly relative to students in other Asian countries. The Japanese English education system's relative lack of focus on speaking and listening skills explains the poor performance on those areas of the test. However, Japanese students do spend significant time studying grammar, vocabulary, and writing, which presents an apparent inconsistency with TOEFL writing scores. This paper examines misunderstanding of what constitutes a good essay as a partial explanation of this phenomenon.
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