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Blog Readability

I just came across a link to a Blog Readability Test, and decided to test this blog out. While I was there, I decided to test the blog of my English class here at the university. This blog is the work of 12 sophomores and juniors at a Japanese university. They are all Japanese, so English is their second language. Here are the scores that we received…

Can you guess which one is for this blog?

Junior High

High School

Well, it seems that I should ask my students to tone it down a bit to make their blog more readable… According to this test, they write at a higher level than I do. I guess I could just take the credit for that ;-), but I think something else is going on here. So I fired up MS Word and decided to test out the readability stats of both blogs using the tools there. Word will test your document for Flesch Reading Ease, and give it a Flesch-Kincaid Grade level.

ETT ReadabilityStats for EdtechTESOL blog.

Student Blog ReadabilityStats for Student blog.

These two screenshots of the statistics from each blog’s front pages tells a different story. According to Word, this blog ranks at about the eighth grade reading level, which is consistent with the previous test, but the student blog ranks at about the sixth grade level. Could the smattering of Japanese words, both in kanji and anglicized versions confused the web tool version? Either way, it is an interesting tool for checking the readability of your blog, but mileage may very…

Via: Thinking Stick

3 Comments

  1. Hi Steve,
    Just tried out Blog readability test on my blog and it says the level is genius. If that were true I wouldn’t be able to read it myself. I think your idea about kanji may be the key. I sometimes provide glosses on my blog. So, there is some kanji.
    Cheers,
    Michael

    Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 11:55 am | Permalink
  2. miguel wrote:

    What a surprise ending up at this site, Steve! Didn’t expect this at all! And a holiday greeting seems really inappropriate, but it’s better than no where!

    Hope you and your family are doing well. Are you all gathered in Japan or did you come back to the States?

    I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May it be a wonderful new turn around the sun.

    We really have to find a way to get together soon.

    Talk to you soon, Steve.

    Miguel

    Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at 9:06 pm | Permalink
  3. Stephen Henneberry wrote:

    Miguel,
    Yes, this is a new blog with a new purpose. The personal blog went the way of the dodo almost two years ago when life became a bit more focused. Whereas I found the personal blog to detract from work a bit, I hope that this blog will be useful for “thinking out loud” and sharing ideas about work. But it has me itching to start the personal blog back up again, so I just may get back to that…
    Enjoy your holiday abroad and lets meet up when you are back in Japan again.
    Cheers,
    Steve

    Thursday, December 27, 2007 at 5:15 pm | Permalink