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Optimal screen layout for language acquisition; cultural differences

Background:  Although, more work may have been effected recently, I have the impression that not enough research has been effected on screen lay-out of data.

Research question:  What is the best screen lay-out of data for language acquisition? What colours, fonts, windows, multi-media inputs, etc. enhance most (or detract from) the cognitive process. Does the cultural background of the user lead to different reactions? Does the employment of ‘western-style’ screen lay-out do a disservice to learners from other cultures? Are we using the optimum lay-out in the West?

Suggested methodology/comments:  Testing of various lay-outs on a local basis and then comparing results with those obtained from international groups. One could, to begin, aim to compare western/European with Chinese/Japanese and Arabic.

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