Research on text comprehension in multimedia environments

Dorothy M. Chun, Jan L. Plass

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Based on underlying theories of L2 reading comprehension and text comprehension with multimedia, and in light of the new tools and modes of information presentation that are now available, researchers have a variety of avenues for studying how people comprehend text in a second language with the help of multimodal instructional materials. In this paper we discuss how L2 reading research is focusing increasingly on the cognitive processes involved in reading, that is, the interaction of lower-level, bottom-up processes such as vocabulary acquisition with higher-level, top-down processes such as activating prior knowledge. We combine this knowledge with current research on learning with multimedia, focusing on how learners integrate verbal and visual information, particularly with respect to the individual differences among learners that moderate, if not determine, learning processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)60-81
Number of pages22
JournalLanguage Learning and Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Computer Science Applications


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