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The Relationship among L2 Proficiency, Inhibitory Control and L2 Writing

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DOI: 10.23977/langl.2022.050607 | Downloads: 9 | Views: 431


Xinli Xu 1


1 Guilin University of Technology, Guilin, Guangxi, 541006, China

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Xinli Xu


The present study investigated whether there is a relationship among different levels of second language (L2) proficiency, L2 writing performance and levels of inhibitory control by using SPSS. Fifteen learners of L2 English in junior high school at different levels of inhibitory control performed a Stroop effect task, an adapted L2 proficiency test, and a narrative L2 writing task. L2 writing performance was assessed by means of the quantitative measures of complexity, accuracy, and fluency (CAF). The results demonstrated that L2 proficiency was positively correlated with accuracy for response inhibitory control (P<0.05). At low levels of proficiency, response inhibitory control had lower accuracy, while at high levels of proficiency; response inhibitory control had higher accuracy. Meanwhile, as for CAF for L2 writing, accuracy for L2 writing was significantly negatively correctly with complexity for L2 writing (P<0.01). These results can shed light on how junior high school English learners improve their L2 proficiency to enhance inhibitory control and how junior high school English teachers help English learners to ensure the accuracy for writing on the basis of ensuring complex sentence patterns.


L2 proficiency; inhibitory control; L2 writing performance


Xinli Xu, The Relationship among L2 Proficiency, Inhibitory Control and L2 Writing. Lecture Notes on Language and Literature (2022) Vol. 5: 44-50. DOI:


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