Visual design principals and l2 learners

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  • Visual design principals and l2 learners

    1. 1. Visual design principles and L2 learners: What teachers need to know Cameron Romney Center for Foreign Language Education Momoyama Gakuin University Asian Conference on Language Learning June 11, 2011
    2. 2. ConnectingTheory and Practice
    3. 3. Why should you care?
    4. 4. Visual design effects on readers• Motivation Smiley (2004); Misanchuk (1992); Bell & Sullivan (1981)• Comprehension Gasser, Boeke, Haffernan, & Tan (2005); Romney (2004); Smiley (2004); Walker (2001), Hoener, Salend & Kay (1997); Garofalo (1988), Lewis & Walker (1989)• Recall Gasser, Boeke, Haffernan, & Tan (2005); Smiley (2004); Lewis & Walker (1989)• Efficiency/Speed Smiley (2004); Hoener, Salend & Kay (1997)
    5. 5. “...more easily perceiving ... text on apage ... less attentional resources arerequired for the process of reading. Moreattentional resources can then bedevoted to attending to the message inthe text, which results in deeperprocessing and an easier recall of theinformation presented.” (p. 185) Gasser, Boek, Haffernan & Tan (2005)
    6. 6. Agenda• Typefaces, i.e. fonts • Line Length & Spacing • White Space • Lines & Shapes • Graphics, i.e. clip art and photographs
    7. 7. Typefaces
    8. 8. Theory“people most easily read materialprinted in the typefaces withwhich they are most familiar.” (p. 32) Hoener, Salend & Kay (1997)
    9. 9. Copyright page
    10. 10. Identifont & WhatTheFont www.identifont.com http://new.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont (includes an iPhone app)
    11. 11. Theory“...serifed typefaces are easier toread than san serif” (p. 68) Felici (2003)
    12. 12. EM EM
    13. 13. Line Length & Spacing
    14. 14. Theory“When long lines are set...thereis a tendency of the reader toread the same line twice” (p. 86) Craig (1990)
    15. 15. Line Length Guides• 50 - 60 characters (White 2002)• 2 times the alphabet (Craig 1990)• 27 characters minimum, 40 optimum, 70 maximum (Felici 2003)
    16. 16. Theory“...the reader has an effortlessreturn path to the left edge ... forthe next line.” (p. 115) White (2002)
    17. 17. White Space
    18. 18. Theory“Space attracts readers bymaking the page look accessible,unthreatening, and manageable” White (2002)
    19. 19. Lines & Shapes
    20. 20. Theory“...directing the readers eyearound the page, drawing attentionto specific parts... breaking copyinto sections” (p.86) Dabner (2004)
    21. 21. Graphics
    22. 22. Theory“The fear of ‘wasted space’ drivesdesign novices to fill in any emptyspace with unnecessary clipart.” (p. 37) White (2002)
    23. 23. Theory“If instructional facilitation is nothighly probable, then ... graphicsshould not be used in instructionalmaterial.” (p. 239) Misanchuk (1992)
    24. 24. Visual design principles and L2 learners: What teachers need to know Cameron Romney romney.cameron@gmail.com http://cameronromney.com www.updatesfromosaka.com Twitter: @cameronromney SlideShare.net: C-Romney

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