Emotioncy: A potential measure of readability

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Reza Pishghadam Hannaneh Abbasnejad


Given the deficiencies of readability formulae as reliable tools for measuring text readability in educational settings, this study aims to offer a new measure to improve the current methods of testing the readability levels of texts through the incorporation of the newly-developed concept of emotioncy. To this end, a group of 221 students were selected from the 2nd to 4th grades of an elementary school. They were given a passage from a 5th grade textbook whose readability was measured by Flesch and Fog indices. The students were asked to fill out an 8-item emotioncy scale along with a difficulty-finding item. One-way ANOVA and correlational analysis were used to analyze the data. Findings indicated that learners’ comprehension increases as a result of an increase in their emotioncy levels. In the end, the results were discussed and some suggestions were made to employ emotioncy in measuring readability.


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PISHGHADAM, Reza; ABBASNEJAD, Hannaneh. Emotioncy: A potential measure of readability. International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, [S.l.], v. 9, n. 1, p. 109-123, aug. 2017. ISSN 1307-9298. Available at: <https://iejee.com/index.php/IEJEE/article/view/147>. Date accessed: 03 june 2020.


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