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Are Handhelds Suitable for Reading Academic Texts?

, , , Tel Aviv University, Israel

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-62-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


Since students are increasingly reading from screen in both language and content courses, there is an increased need for an understanding of the viability of digital reading on various size screens, the strategies used to cope with digital text, and the implications for language learning. This paper reports on a study conducted at Tel Aviv University to check whether non-native English speakers can use handhelds for academic reading in English. The issues explored include the effect of screen size on performance, student attitudes towards studying from handheld screens, and the transferability of paper reading strategies to digital media. Results showed no significant differences in performance between students reading on handhelds and those reading on desktops. The attitudes towards reading on handhelds were positive, and the reading strategies used on paper were transferred to the digital media. The results suggest that non-native speakers of English may be able to use handheld devices to read professional materials.


Schcolnik, M., Kol, S. & Oren, A. (2007). Are Handhelds Suitable for Reading Academic Texts?. In C. Montgomerie & J. Seale (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2007--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 888-895). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved July 21, 2019 from .