Michael Helmut Daller

Michael Helmut Daller
University of Reading · English Language and Applied Linguistics

PhD

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Additional affiliations
October 2020 - November 2020
University of Reading
Position
  • Fellow
Description
  • Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics
January 2016 - October 2020
University of Reading
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • Language Testing/ Applied Linguistics/ Second Language Acquisition
October 2012 - December 2015
Swansea University
Position
  • Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics
Description
  • Applied Linguistics/ English Language/ TESOL
Education
September 2003 - September 2006
The Open University (UK)
Field of study
  • Statistics
January 1991 - June 1991
University of Amsterdam
Field of study
  • German as a Foreign Language
January 1991 - April 1996
Utrecht University
Field of study
  • Linguistics

Publications

Publications (67)
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Aims and objectives This study investigates the acquisition of Setswana speech rhythm, considered to be typically syllable-timed, by early sequential Setswana–English bilingual children aged 6–7 years old growing up in Botswana, a country with a diglossic setting, where English is the dominant high-status language in educational and public contexts...
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The present article gives an overview of several studies on the predictive validity of the C-test. In the first part of the article, we discuss the construct validity of this test format. Only if the underlying construct of this test is understood, can a justification for high predictive validity be made. In the second part, we discuss several prev...
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The present study analyses the influence of L1 patterns in the descriptions of motion events by Arab EFL learners. First we establish the differences in the construal of motion events by native speakers of Arabic and English (n=20 for each group). 12 prompts (cartoons) were used where a figure crosses a boundary in a certain manner (running, crawli...
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The main purpose of this study is to explore the lexical richness of Chinese candidates of different proficiency levels in a graded examination in spoken English (GESE), which is an exam developed by Trinity College, London and administered in Beijing, China by trained local examiners. We compared 5 lexical indices and the mean length of utterances...
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This is a pilot study for a larger project on the prediction of study success of international students. Our C-test correlates significantly with the IELTS scores of the students. We aim to predict the subject specific marks obtained in 2019 with our C-test data.
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Effects of home language for the productive vocabulary size and nonverbal intelligence of sequential bilingual children
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This study examined the influence of Tamil (L1) on the processing stage of English (L) collocations for young Indian ESL learners. The sample group was 58 participants from a school in Chennai, India. Using self-paced reading, the reading times of the participants were measured for both congruent and incongruent collocations. There were two reading...
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The study success of international students in Higher Education (HE) in English speaking countries has been a major concern for both the students and the host universities. However, studies on the predictive validity of established language tests, such as IELTS, are inconclu- sive (for an overview see Daller & Phelan 2013). The present study explor...
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Working-memory: Is there a bilingual advantage?
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Aims and Objectives The threshold hypothesis (Cummins 1976 et passim) is one of the most influential theoretical frameworks on the relation between bilingualism and cognition. This hypothesis suggests a bilingual cognitive disadvantage at a low proficiency level and a cognitive advantage at a high proficiency level in both languages. The aim of our...
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In Prüfungssituationen des Faches Deutsch als Fremdsprache sind unterschiedliche Formate zu finden, mit denen eine Annäherung an authentische Kommunikation angestrebt wird. Anhand von zwei Beispielen, dem C-Test und der mündlichen Prüfung, wird problematisiert, auf welchen Authentizitätsbegriff zurückgegriffen werden kann und welche Authentizität i...
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The study success of international students in English speaking countries has been a major concern for both the students and the host universities. However, studies on the predictive validity of estab-lished language tests, such as IELTS, are inconclusive (for an overview see Daller & Phelan 2013). We therefore need to find novel test formats. In t...
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There is a long tradition of research on the relation between bilingualism and aca-demic achievement. Generally there is now an agreement that bilingualism does not have negative effects on cognitive development and a large number of studies show that bilinguals outperform monolinguals in a variety of verbal and non-verbal tasks (for an overview se...
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The Chinese X-Lex test is devised to measure Chinese native speakers’ receptive vocabulary size. In total 100 words are selected from the 10,000 (9933 precisely) modern Chinese single character frequency list (Da, 2014). They are arranged in an order of difficulty from left to right column and up to down row. Another 20 pseudo Chinese single words...
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In this paper we show that heritage speakers and returnees are fundamentally different from the majority of adult second language learners with respect to their use of collocations (Laufer & Waldman, 2011). We compare the use of lexical collocations involving yap- “do” and et- “do” among heritage speakers of Turkish in Germany (n = 45) with those f...
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Ongun and Daller: A Turkish vocabulary test (X-Lex format) The two Turkish X-Lex tests are vocabulary tests that are based on the yes/no format. X-lex 5000 is based on words up to a frequency of 5k, X-Lex 15000 is is based on words with a frequency of up to 15k. To correct for guessing, both tests include pseudo-words that are phonologically plaus...
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This study tested the receptive vocabulary of 100 Turkish-English bilingual children between 7 and 11 years old. The children all grew up in the UK, and were tested in both English and Turkish with the X-Lex test (Meara and Milton, 2003) as well as with a non-verbal intelligence matrix (Raven, 1962). The parents of these children undertook a langua...
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The aim of the present chapter is to offer a comprehensive overview of linguistic and sociolinguistic aspects of the migration movements between Turkey and Germany. From a sociolinguistic perspective the migration from Turkey to Germany and vice versa since 1961 is unique because it is one of the few situations worldwide which involves huge numbers...
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Previous studies have attempted to use scores from standardised foreign language tests (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL) to predict students' academic success. However, the results from these studies have been inconclusive. Thus, novel methods are in demand. Daller and Xue (2009) and Daller and Phelan (2013) used a 'gap filling' test (C-test) to predict study su...
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In the past few decades, the number of Chinese students pursuing higher education abroad has increased rapidly and steadily. According to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS, 2013) nearly a fifth of all international mobile students in the UK were Chinese in 2010. Compared to studying at home universities in China, it is rather...
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The present paper investigates the relation between English language ability and academic achievement of international Chinese students in the UK. The study aims to identify reliable measures for detecting academically at-risk students in a time and cost-effective way. In total, 60 students took part and their academic achievement was defined by th...
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The aim of the present chapter is to offer a comprehensive overview of linguistic and sociolinguistic aspects of the migration movements between Turkey and Germany. From a sociolinguistic perspective the migration from Turkey to Germany and vice versa since 1961 is unique because it is one of the few situations worldwide which involves huge numbers...
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More and more students study outside their own countries and by 2020 a rise to 7 million international students is predicted world-wide. The present study investigates the level of language proficiency that is necessary for international students to study successfully at universities in English-speaking countries and how this proficiency can be mea...
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This report is a summary of interviews and focus groups with around 100 students and 50 members of academic staff in departments of languages, linguistics or area studies at nine universities in the UK. In recent years, concerns have been expressed about the ambiguity of some of the statements which students are asked to respond to in the National...
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The purpose of this study is to establish measures of language dominance in bilinguals who speak structurally different languages, in our case German and Turkish, with tools that are based on fluency and oral proficiency. A ‘balanced’ bilingual with equal proficiency in two (or more) languages is hardly ever found (e.g. Grosjean, 1982; Olsson, & Su...
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In the present article we provide evidence for the occurrence of transfer of conceptualization patterns in narratives of two German–Turkish bilingual groups. All bilingual participants grew up in Germany, but only one group is still resident in Germany (n = 49). The other, the returnees, moved back to Turkey after having lived in Germany for thirte...
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Language dominance in Turkish German bilinguals: methodological aspects of measurements in structurally different languages
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The number of Chinese students undertaking international education has been increasing steadily over the past decade, and this upward trend is still ongoing (Goh, 2007; TEIU, 2008). Study failure is obviously a major concern for both international students themselves and universities in host coun- tries. Previous attempts to relate the study succes...
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c1 Address for correspondence: Jeanine Treffers-Daller, Department of Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies, School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY, UK e-mail: Jeanine.Treffers-Daller@uwe.ac.uk
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Over the last 20 years vocabulary research has grown from a Cinderella subject to a position of some importance. Vocabulary is now considered integral to just about every aspect of language knowledge and is a lively and vital area of research and innovation. With this development have come standard and widely-used tests, such as vocabulary size and...
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Over the last 20 years vocabulary research has grown from a Cinderella subject to a position of some importance. Vocabulary is now considered integral to just about every aspect of language knowledge and is a lively and vital area of research and innovation. With this development have come standard and widely-used tests, such as vocabulary size and...
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Over the last 20 years vocabulary research has grown from a Cinderella subject to a position of some importance. Vocabulary is now considered integral to just about every aspect of language knowledge and is a lively and vital area of research and innovation. With this development have come standard and widely-used tests, such as vocabulary size and...
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The present study investigates power distance in a number of countries which have seen dramatic changes in their political systems in the past and developed an orientation towards the West (Turkey, Belarus, and Uzbekistan). The present paper is mainly based on Hofstede's framework (1980a, 1980b, 1991, 1994 and 1997) where dichotomies such as "highl...
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This paper investigates whether the C-test can partially replace the Test of English for Inter-national Communication (TOEIC ®), and whether the C-test is an appropriate format for the measurement of students' progress in short intensive language courses. The TOEIC ® is a well-established test for English as a foreign language and is used by corpor...
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Der vorliegende Beitrag zeichnet die Migrationslaufbahn und die Sprachentwicklung von türkischen Jugendlichen nach, die in Deutschland aufgewachsen sind und während ihrer Schullaufbahn in die Türkei zurückkehrten. Es wird hierbei auf Aspekte der Sprachwahl vor und nach der Rückkehr, der bilingualen Sprachkompetenz und des Sprachverlusts des Deutsch...
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The focus of the present paper is on the measurement of lexical richness. Lexical richness is often measured either by the traditional type-token ratio (TTR) or by its square root variant, the index of Guiraud. The disadvantages of these measures, especially those of the TTR, are well-known. In this paper we propose two measures (Advanced TTR and G...
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The present paper investigates the classical C-test format and several alternative deletion principles for Turkish. We come to the conclusion that the classical C-test is a reliable test format for Turkish in a wide range of contexts.
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The present study investigates constants and changes in the business culture of two successor states of the Soviet Union, Belorussia and Uzbekistan, and compares them with relevant aspects of the business culture of the UK. The main theoretical question is whether radical economic changes and economic globalisation lead to a convergence in business...
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This study analyses the everyday and academic language proficiency of German-Turkish bilinguals who grew up in Germany as children of Turkish immigrants and learned German as a second language. They attended German schools before returning to Turkey, where German formed part of the school curriculum. The bilinguals of our sample were all univeristy...
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The main topic of this article is the language proficiency of the so‐called ‘Rückkehrer’ (Turkish returnees from Germany) who were either born in Germany or emigrated to Germany with their parents at a very young age, acquiring Turkish as their first language in the home, and German as their second language in school. Since their remigration to Tur...
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Der vorliegende Sammelband stellt eine Bestandsaufnahme von Arbeiten zur sprachlichen Situation der aus Deutschland zurueckgekehrten Jugendlichen, den sogenannten Rueckkehrern, dar. Die hier gesammelten Beitraege wurden auf einem Symposium, das vom Deutschen Kulturinstiut in Istanbul (Goethe-Institut) in Zusammenarbeit mit der Deutschabteilung der...
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Der vorliegende Sammelband stellt eine Bestandsaufnahme von Arbeiten zur sprachlichen Situation der aus Deutschland zurueckgekehrten Jugendlichen, den sogenannten Rueckkehrern, dar. Die hier gesammelten Beitraege wurden auf einem Symposium, das vom Deutschen Kulturinstiut in Istanbul (Goethe-Institut) in Zusammenarbeit mit der Deutschabteilung der...
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En: Revista de educación (Madrid) Madrid 2001, n. 326, septiembre-diciembre; p. 25-35 Se describe el modelo teórico desarrollado por Jim Cummins sobre la relación entre bilingüismo y desarrollo cognitivo basado en la dicotomía entre 'la habilidad comunicativa interpersonal (BICS)' y 'la compentencia cognitivo-académica de la lengua (CALP)'. Se defi...

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2016 – Present Müller, A., Daller, M., Brady, K., Wang, Y., (& Felice, Mariano 2020) Flinders University Re-Entry Fellowship This project investigates vocabulary knowledge and the C-test, how measures of these relate to IELTS scores, and whether there is a relationship of any of these factors to nursing grades.