E-learning Material Development for Improving Reading Proficiency: From a Research Perspective on Eye Tracking
Wednesday, June 21 3:00-3:20 PM
Presider:Maria Cutumisu, University of Alberta, Canada
Recent studies have proved that eye tracking can be used for assessing learners’ proficiency levels and behaviors on reading. The research results on eye tracking have indicated that more advanced level students tend to show shorter period of fixations with certain rhythmical patters whereas lower level students expressed longer period of fixations with no particular patterns. As for the readability level differences, upper level students showed shorter period of fixations; however, lower level students expressed longer periods. These results have clarified that the more difficult essays become, the longer the period of fixations. The results are discussed in terms of eye tracking as a potentially valuable tool for assessing learners’ reading proficiency levels and behaviors. The eye movement training materials will be introduced to help students improve their reading speed and comprehension and get rid of their habitual regressions.