Mind Mapping as a Teaching Tool in Higher Education Language Learning Settings

Lamara Kadagidze
2016 Culture and Education  
Many instructors willing to undertake teaching in a foreign language are progressively noticing the need to improve the quality of classroom dis course and lecturing styles, so that students can capture and process the information delivered more efficiently. Mindmaps can be an important and effective asset to anyone who wants to learn a language. They are considered to be a great way to brainstorm and generate more ideas. They help to create a number of small ideas from one big idea, to see how
more » ... ig idea, to see how different ideas could be connected together and to create a plan of action. They break from the traditional way of thinking when learning, and therefore they encourage creativity -and this can be achieved only when there are no restrictions, criticism and judging. The result should be a very creative, new solution to problems, a generation of original, relaxed and informal ideas. The article demonstrates how mind mapping technique can be used to improve lan guage skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening in higher education settings; moreover, it concerns positive and negative aspects of the use of mind mapping, purposes it may serve, implications, suggestions, and recommendations for mind mapping strategies for teachers and students.
doi:10.15804/kie.2016.04.05 fatcat:ktrndejuzfhwrn3ennu24kpoum