Stakhnevich, Julia
June 2002
Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal;2002, Vol. 2 Issue 2, p1
Academic Journal
In this study the impact of the web instructional medium on second language (L2) comprehension during independent reading was investigated. A 2X3 factorial design was chosen for this study with factors being English as a second language proficiency as measured by TOEFL and a medium of instruction (Web, Traditional print and Control). The results of the study suggest that when teaching content through self-directed reading, web medium can evoke better reading comprehension than traditional print medium. Interestingly, the ESL students with a higher TOEFL score did not show a significantly higher level of reading comprehension of the text when compared with those ESL students with a lower TOEFL score. Discussion of the pedagogical implications of the results and recommendations for future research are included.


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