Using mind maps to help learners develop texts
Age: Teenagers and Adults
By the end of the lesson, each pair of students will have produced an article about a city for a travel magazine. This will be done by generating, expanding on and organising ideas via a mind map.
This is a great, practically materials-free lesson which suits a range of levels. All you need are students, paper and pens. Of course, there are lots of ways of getting students to produce an article, but this approach is great because it puts their experiences, ideas and knowledge centre-stage. While some learners may automatically transfer effective writing skills from L1, others may not, therefore it helps to break down the process and spend time on each stage.
Mind maps are a great way to generate ideas, which makes the eventual writing process less stressful. Having students work in pairs to complete the task creates valuable opportunities for peer teaching as they exchange ideas and decide on the best way to express them in writing. It also helps the teacher to monitor and support learners, by listening to their thought processes and providing suggestions as required.
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If, after looking at the example, you are interested in visiting Palermo, this article from The Guardian might be of interest!