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I discovered that 9 out of the 14 students found a lack of vocabulary to be the most challenging factor in writing. Several students expressed frustration in trying to remember new vocabulary words, while others mentioned not knowing the words in English to accurately express their ideas.
Since my classes are fairly small, ranging from 13—18 students, I had some flexibility with the type of activity that I chose. However, I had to consider the diversity of my student population, with a typical class being made up of college-aged students from Saudi Arabia, China, and Kuwait, so I needed another method that could appeal to learners from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
After doing some research, I decided to teach the students how to mind map as a tool for them to learn new vocabulary words. Mind mapping is one method that can be used to show these relationships and allow students to be actively involved in their own vocabulary acquisition. While the students are making the mind map, they determine how the words should be grouped, form connections between words in a way that makes sense to them, and add images to help them remember the words.
To introduce the idea of mind mapping, I had the students map a list of thematic vocabulary words by hand in small groups. None of my students had tried it before, so it took them some time to get the hang of it. After they were comfortable making them by hand, the next step was to incorporate technology by having them use Coggle to make their mind maps.
I chose Coggle because it is free and user friendly, while also retaining important functions to aid teachers and students.
Coggle requires a Google email account to set up, but after that, the user can store their mind maps and share them easily with others.
In addition to sharing, Coggle also has a revision history feature, so the teacher can go back and see how the students revised their mind maps. Student mind mapping example using Coggle Overall, mind mapping for vocabulary acquisition went well in my classes. As my students were discussing which words and images they wanted to use to associate with the various vocabulary words, I noticed that they were working with the words in a different way than I had seen before.
With mind mapping, they were exposed to a new way of internalizing vocabulary and were excited to create and share the mind maps with the class. For instance, the scores on a test in which the students used mind mapping to study were 5. Over time, the most noticeable benefit was how much easier it was for my students to express their ideas in their essays.
Altogether, I had a favorable response from my students through written surveys, improved test scores and essays, and through energy that I observed in my classes.
Help your students expand their vocabulary without memorization.
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