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ERIC Number: EJ1131519
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: EISSN-2203-4714
Evaluating White Space of a Malaysian Secondary ELT Textbook
Jin, Ng Yu
Advances in Language and Literary Studies, v1 n2 p220-232 Jul 2010
Students are believed to learn at optimum level with materials with a lot of white space since the existence of vast number of words and limited amount of white space, especially in textbooks may contribute to the increase in anxiety among learners (Tomlinson, 1998). This study evaluates the amount of white space in terms of pixels in the Malaysian KBSM Form 2 English textbook using MATLAB 7.5. The findings reveal the inadequacy of white space in terms of pixels in our local textbooks. Not many pages have the percentage of white space exceeding 90 percent which is believed to be the ideal on a page. Hence, this method of evaluation can aid textbooks writers or evaluators to create textbooks that are less threatening so that learning a language with textbooks might just be productive to both learners and educators.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Malaysia