Media Technology MSc

MSc Thesis


Title

Colour your Language: An Educational Method for Learning Grammar Through Colour

Student(s)

Barbera Bourne

Year

2013

Abstract

Grammar not only helps to improve communication skills, but it also enhances performance in other domains like mathematics. Learning grammar is possible through various methods. A method of which relatively little data is available on its effectiveness is colour coding. Through colour coding grammatical patterns of a language can be made visible. The purpose of this study is to examine to what extent the use of colour coding in logical parsing influences the performance of students. Therefore the following research questions were investigated: Is there a difference in the parsing speed of logical parsing between students who use colour coding and the students who do not? and Is there a difference in the quality of the results of logical parsing between students who use colour coding and the students who do not?

This research was done among 37 students Dutch Language and Culture of Leiden University. The results of this study show no significant differences in rapidity and quality between group 1 and 2 for both grammar assignments they performed. However, highly significant differences are shown by the participants of both groups between the first assignment (A) and the second assignment (B). This demonstrates a learning effect of participants in subsequent assignments. Many subjects of this study agree colour coding is a good educational method for learning grammar. Although this study did not show significant differences between the two groups the use of colour coding in grammar education and its effectiveness remains interesting for future research. Perhaps by involving linguistic parsing too, a larger sample size, extra conditions and long term monitoring in future research we may be able to understand if colour coding is of added value for learning grammar in regular education.

Full Reference

Barbera Bourne, "Colour your Language: An Educational Method for Learning Grammar Through Colour", Master's Thesis for the Media Technology programme, Leiden University (The Netherlands), 2013