ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2022
ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2022

Developing and validating a rating scale of speaking prosody ability for learners of Chinese as a second language

Sichang Gao, Mingwei Pan

This study aims to develop a rating scale for evaluating the speech prosody of learners of Chinese as a second language (L2). The researchers first gathered 41 descriptors perceived as crucial prosody ability indicators through interviewing ten L2 Chinese teachers, analyzing existing Chinese speaking proficiency scales from five universities in Mainland China. After rating the perception of the selected descriptors by ninety-four L2 Chinese teachers and consulting with four expert-teachers, 15 out of 41 descriptors remained to form a rating scale. Principal component analysis revealed that 15 descriptors with three dimensions (prosodic strategic competence, fluency, and prosodic naturalness) could describe L2 Chinese prosody meaningfully. Finally, using the 15 descriptors, 29 samples of L2 Chinese learners’ speech were evaluated by four raters. A combination of the structural equation modelling and the Many-Facets Rasch modelling confirmed that all the 15 descriptors fit well with the construct of prosody ability measured, demonstrating a good validity of this rating scale.


doi: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2022-166

Cite as: Gao, S., Pan, M. (2022) Developing and validating a rating scale of speaking prosody ability for learners of Chinese as a second language. Proc. Speech Prosody 2022, 817-822, doi: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2022-166

@inproceedings{gao22_speechprosody,
  author={Sichang Gao and Mingwei Pan},
  title={{Developing and validating a rating scale of speaking prosody ability for learners of Chinese as a second language}},
  year=2022,
  booktitle={Proc. Speech Prosody 2022},
  pages={817--822},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2022-166}
}