Readers and writers: how the analysis of reading behaviour provides a sound basis for designing L2-hypertexts
Faculty of Applied Economics
Faculty of Arts. Linguistics and Literature
Antwerp :UFSIA, 2002
Research paper / Faculty of Applied Economics UFSIA-RUCA ; 2002:033
University of Antwerp
This paper reports on experimental research in which 56 students were asked to read two different texts on a computer screen in an educational setting. In the experiment we try to gain an insight into the characteristics of this kind of reading in order to provide a sound basis for designing suitable hypertexts for L2-learning. More specifically, we investigated whether electronic glosses are indispensable to the optimisation of foreign language reading and should thus be provided by the hypertext. If so, choosing a suitable (i.e., non disruptive but engaging) signalling-device becomes essential. The results indicate that electronic glosses are a surplus value to language learning. As for signalling, no significant results could be established.