Text on Paper, Text on Screen. Does it Matter?

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Text on Paper, Text on Screen. Does it Matter?

The assessment of oral communication where certain language skills such as reading and speaking may be assessed, are usually done through components such as Reading Aloud, Picture Discussion and Conversation. Reading skills tested in the Reading Aloud component are usually assessed by having candidates read aloud a text printed on paper. Does it matter if candidates read a text off computer ,screen or off printed paper or will it make a difference to candidates’, performance? A research study was carried out on a sample of Grade 10 students (15 to 16 years of age) to investigate the hypothesis that ,“,The computer, used as a replacement for text printed on paper, has no impact on the performance of students in an Oral Communication Examination. This paper describes the design and conduct of the research study and presents its findings. It will also discuss the implications of the `findings for high stake ,and large scale examinations.

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