A scaffolding support system for English essay reading

Jia Jiunn Lo*, Shiou-Wen Yeh, Chao Shien Sung

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This research provides students a three-phased English essay reading scaffolding support system by leading them through a systematic process. By integrating Reading annotator, a web-based annotation system for reading support, the system can help students know how to enhance their reading abilities. Reading annotator helps students visual interactively to analyze basic structure of essays by identifying key elements of each paragraph such as topic sentence, controlling idea, and supporting details. Based on the key elements of each paragraph, a process-oriented structure-based scaffolding support environment is developed to help students know how to read essays with various rhetorical forms step-by-step by analyzing the essay organizations. The system applies not only text structure, visual representations, summarization, and questions reading strategies but also reading to summarize and reading to analyze reading levels. Moreover, the proposed system accommodates the scaffolding strategies such as providing procedural facilitator, guided learning, using external representational scaffolds, helping the student focus thinking on only those items that were important for the task.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Web-Based Learning, ICWL 2010 - 9th International Conference, Proceedings
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2010
Event9th International Conference on Advances in Web-Based Learning, ICWL 2010 - Shanghai, China
Duration: 8 Dec 201010 Dec 2010

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume6483 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference9th International Conference on Advances in Web-Based Learning, ICWL 2010


  • Computer assisted language learning (CALL)
  • Online annotation
  • Process-oriented
  • Reading strategy
  • Scaffolding reading support

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