Correlation of professional English reading vs. eye gazing and frequency of rereading eye movement

Hong Fa Ho, Guan Yu Hou, Chen Ku Lin, Chen Hsiung Lin, O. K. Soh

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Abstract

Over the past decades, English has become one of the major international languages widely used by many countries. Taiwan, being an international partner, has strived to improve its nationwide English proficiency to advance with international settings. This study investigates the correlation between eye movements of both 1) gazing time (fixation) and 2) frequency of re-reading (number of fixation) the vocabulary of familiar and unfamiliar professional English subjects, for those of both technical and vocational professionals of English as Foreign Language (EFL) participants, while reading professional English, to reading fluency. A newly invented eye chasing device has been used to monitor visual reading progress experiment. Fifteen technical high school students, who have completed Technological and Vocational Education Joint College Entrance Examination of Taiwan (TVE JCEET) in 2014, participated in the experiment. Their reading fluency are measured based on the results of eight questionnaires and answers (Q&A) after reading 8 professional English articles from computer engineering, mechanical, bio-medical, and business subject fields. SPSS 21 was used for descriptive and correlation statistics. Both hypotheses are accepted with results showing that readers from technical background spent more time fixing on reading familiar professional subjects, and mildly inverse relation on frequency of re-reading of professional English contexts. The combination use of multiple visual displays is recommended not only to improve English as foreign language (EFL) users' training and practice but also to enhance quality on professional English readings.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorkshop Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2014
EditorsThepchai Supnithi, Siu Cheung Kong, Ying-Tien Wu, Tomoko Kojiri, Chen-Chung Liu, Hiroaki Ogata, Akihiro Kashihara
PublisherAsia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education
Pages601-608
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9784990801427
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1
Event22nd International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2014 - Nara, Japan
Duration: 2014 Nov 302014 Dec 4

Publication series

NameWorkshop Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2014

Other

Other22nd International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2014
CountryJapan
CityNara
Period14/11/3014/12/4

Keywords

  • Eye chasing device (ECD)
  • Frequency of reread (number of fixation)
  • Gazing time (fixation)
  • Professional English reading (PER)
  • Technological and Vocational Education Joint College Entrance Examination of Taiwan (TVE JCEET)
  • Vocabulary of familiar and unfamiliar subject

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Education

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    Ho, H. F., Hou, G. Y., Lin, C. K., Lin, C. H., & Soh, O. K. (2014). Correlation of professional English reading vs. eye gazing and frequency of rereading eye movement. In T. Supnithi, S. C. Kong, Y-T. Wu, T. Kojiri, C-C. Liu, H. Ogata, & A. Kashihara (Eds.), Workshop Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2014 (pp. 601-608). (Workshop Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2014). Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education.