Concept Maps and Language Acquisition: An Implementation with English Language Level 2 Students

Marriott, Rita de Cássia Veiga and Patricia Lupion, Torres (2016) Concept Maps and Language Acquisition: An Implementation with English Language Level 2 Students. In: Innovating with Concept Mapping Proc. of the Seventh Int. Conference on Concept Mapping. Tallinn University, Tallinn, Estonia.

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Concept mapping is a powerful tool for teaching and learning. Since its creation, it has been transforming education as a way of ‘learning to learn’ and for assisting to convert information into knowledge. This paper presents the findings of a research project conducted using concept maps to teach and learn English as a foreign language in a large university in Curitiba, in southern Brazil. The research was developed with a group of 13, Level 2, High School English language students, during their academic term (lessons of 1h40m, once a week, for 16 weeks). Action Research was undertaken and 15 activities using concept maps were created during the term, of which 8 are described in this paper. Students provided feedback during the course and answered a questionnaire at the end of the term. Students’ responses to the questionnaire were analysed qualitatively according to Bardin (2011) and with the use of Atlas Ti software for qualitative analysis. Concept maps were perceived as facilitators of language learning and comprehension and for promoting thinking in the foreign language (L2), with special gains in the learning of verbs, prepositions and new vocabulary as well as in the development of reading, writing and aural skills.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Paper, CMC2016
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Depositing User: Mr. Ernest Prats
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2016 07:21
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2016 07:43

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