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Friday, August 14 • 10:25am - 10:50am
Is Cognitive Load in TEFL Always Undesirable?

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Teachers have contrived teaching methods and materials utilizing multimedia in classrooms so that their students can understand class easily. What has happened in TEFL class in Japan, is not an exception at all. Even a textbook has been changed from monochrome to colorful, and one picture per a few pages to one per one page. Such a textbook with much pictorial information enables students to feel that they can read the text without much difficulty, but this is not always true. Colorful pictures conveying the story help the students imagine and conjecture the outline of the story. A problem is that students who have got used to pictures won’t read the text thoroughly by bottom-up information processing, and that they may have a trouble in reading in the end.

This study will suggest a possibility of giving cognitive load to students so as to foster learners with much cognitive capacity.


Mutsumi Iijima

Akashi National College of Technology

Friday August 14, 2015 10:25am - 10:50am
CGIS South S010 (Tsai Auditorium) 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA