Penetrating the Surface: The Impact of Visual Format on Readers’ Affective Responses to Authentic Foreign Language Texts

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Penetrating the Surface: The Impact of Visual Format on Readers’ Affective Responses to Authentic Foreign Language Texts

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dc.contributor.author Maun, Ian en_GB
dc.contributor.department University of Exeter en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2008-11-13T16:49:09Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T11:51:57Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-20T16:42:51Z
dc.date.issued 2006 en_GB
dc.description.abstract This paper examines visual and affective factors involved in the reading of foreign language texts. It draws on the results of a pilot study among students of post-compulsory school stage studying French in England. Through a detailed analysis of students’ reactions to texts, it demonstrates that the use of ‘authentic’ documents under currently held notions of ‘authenticity’ may have a negative affective impact on learners. Authors and designers of texts make assumptions about an original, intended readership which influence visual design, assumptions which are not necessarily borne out in the foreign language learning situation. There is a need to examine texts for their format as well as their content, to move away from equating ‘authentic’ with ‘identical’ and to using electronic design to improve readability. en_GB
dc.identifier.citation Volume 15, Number 2, pp. 110-127 en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/40884 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher Multilingual Matters en_GB
dc.relation.url http://www.multilingual-matters.net/la/015/la0150110.htm en_GB
dc.subject Text en_GB
dc.subject Design en_GB
dc.subject Authentic en_GB
dc.subject Anxiety en_GB
dc.subject Readability en_GB
dc.title Penetrating the Surface: The Impact of Visual Format on Readers’ Affective Responses to Authentic Foreign Language Texts en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB
dc.date.available 2008-11-13T16:49:09Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T11:51:57Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-20T16:42:51Z
dc.identifier.issn 0965-8416 en_GB
dc.identifier.journal Language Awareness en_GB


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