The Effect of Chinese Learners’ Modality Converting Competence on Their EFL Output System

Kaihua NIE


This research introduces modality converting competence into foreign language aptitude composition and makes a diachronic study on the relationship between the internal variables for Chinese learners’ EFL written output system and their modality converting competence. Through multiple correlation analysis and multiple regression modeling, it could be concluded that compared with the variables of the same modal, the variables of modality converting competence were more correlated to the variables of EFL written system and the latter could respectively account for 72.2%, 57.8%, 65.9% and 67.0% of the variation of the written system variables W/T, DC/T. S/T and LC/T. As the advantage of aptitude, modal converting competence might produce influence upon learners’ syntactic and lexical system complexity in their written output via information processing process. The significance of this research lies in that it might provide more practical approaches for the realization of aptitude treatment interaction (ATI). 


Modality converting competence; Output system; Foreign language aptitude

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