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The effect of written text on comprehension of spoken English as a foreign language

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Based on cognitive load theory, this study investigated the effect of simultaneous written presentations on comprehension of spoken English as a foreign language. Learners' language comprehension was compared while they used 3 instructional formats: listening with auditory materials only, listening with a full, written script, and listening with simultaneous subtitled text. Listening with the presence of a script and subtitles led to better understanding of the scripted and subtitled passage but poorer performance on a subsequent auditory passage than listening with the auditory materials only. These findings indicated that where the intention was learning to listen, the use of a full script or subtitles had detrimental effects on the construction and automation of listening comprehension schemas.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Chandler, P. A., Sweller, J. & Diao, Y. (2007). The effect of written text on comprehension of spoken English as a foreign language. American Journal of Psychology, 120 (2), 237-261.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-34547332777

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/edupapers/133

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 24

Start Page


  • 237

End Page


  • 261

Volume


  • 120

Issue


  • 2

Abstract


  • Based on cognitive load theory, this study investigated the effect of simultaneous written presentations on comprehension of spoken English as a foreign language. Learners' language comprehension was compared while they used 3 instructional formats: listening with auditory materials only, listening with a full, written script, and listening with simultaneous subtitled text. Listening with the presence of a script and subtitles led to better understanding of the scripted and subtitled passage but poorer performance on a subsequent auditory passage than listening with the auditory materials only. These findings indicated that where the intention was learning to listen, the use of a full script or subtitles had detrimental effects on the construction and automation of listening comprehension schemas.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Chandler, P. A., Sweller, J. & Diao, Y. (2007). The effect of written text on comprehension of spoken English as a foreign language. American Journal of Psychology, 120 (2), 237-261.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-34547332777

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/edupapers/133

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 24

Start Page


  • 237

End Page


  • 261

Volume


  • 120

Issue


  • 2