Exploring the Effect of Reading Materials Designed with Augmented Reality on Language Learners’ Development of Text Structures Recognition Ability
Azak, S. (2019)
Reading is an important language skill which is most extensively and intensively studied by experts in the field of language teaching and learning. Readers of all ages must be aware of text structures if they are to be most successful. The aim of the present study was to integrate the learning theories and technology to design some materials related to expository text structures to increase students’ recognition ability and motivation. Using a mixed-method design, qualitative and quantitative data were collected. Students were instructed during a six-week period in Apadana Language Institute in Malayer city (20 intermediate students were selected based on Oxford quick placement test. A pre-test was conducted to assess the awareness of students related to text structures, summarizing the main ideas, and graphic organizers in expository texts. After six weeks, the post-test was conducted and the researcher investigated the impact of technology on students’ recognition ability and motivation in the tests. To collect qualitative data, semi-structured interview and dichotomous form were used and for quantitative data pre- and post-test were used. To analyze the data, a one-way ANOVA was run. Results showed a significant increase in the post-test. The researcher recognized that technology and materials had a significant impact on their recognition ability, understanding, and motivation in expository text structures.