Volume 16, Issue 3  December 2020, pp. 147–166          Download PDF

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The effects of digital scaffolding on adolescent English reading in Japan: An experimental study on visual-syntactic text formatting

Sachiko Ozaki https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6338-94021, Isao Ueda2

1 Osaka University, Japan u510334d@ecs.osaka-u.ac.jp
2 Osaka University and Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, Japan uedais@lang.osaka-u.ac.jp

DOI: https://doi.org/10.29140/jaltcall.v16n3.287


Abstract

This experimental study examined how VSTF (Visual-Syntactic Text Formatting)-based text benefits reading speed, reading comprehension, reading efficiency and retention for middle and high school students. Prospective within-subjects tests were conducted in Japan on a total of 132 students: 76 high school students from 12th grade and 56 middle school students from eighth grade. Students read both block-formatted text and VSTF-based text and answered quizzes and subjective questionnaires related to what they read. Objectively, although middle school students did not show a significant difference between using block-formatted text and VSTF-based text, low proficiency students in high school showed a significant increase in reading speed, reading comprehension, reading efficiency and retention, while high proficiency students in high school showed a significant increase in reading speed and retention. Regarding subjective questionnaires, most students among all of the grades felt reading VSTF-based text was more effective than reading block-formatted text. Based on these results, future long-term studies with multiple texts should be considered.



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Ozaki, S., & Ueda, I. (2020). The effects of digital scaffolding on adolescent English reading in Japan: An experimental study on visual-syntactic text formatting. The JALT CALL Journal, 16(3), 147–166. https://doi.org/10.29140/jaltcall.v16n3.287


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