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ERIC Number: EJ899763
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1072-4303
The Effects of Multimedia Input on Comprehension of a Short Story
Whiting, James; Granoff, Stuart
TESL-EJ, v14 n2 Sep 2010
Research examined the effects of additional input, audio recordings and video recordings, on second-language readers' comprehension of a short story. Participants were 37 English-language learners enrolled in three college ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes. Each group read Shirley Jackson's short story, "The Lottery," and discussed it; two groups then received additional input, either an audio or video recording of the story. Pre- and post-test comprehension questions were administered. The research concluded that additional video input, with its aural and visual components, is more helpful than additional audio input alone, and that both types of additional media input engage readers emotionally. (Contains 2 charts.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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