Title: Enhancing Taiwanese EFL freshmen's reading comprehension and knowledge construction through online concept mapping tools

Authors: Chin-Wen Chien

Addresses: Department of English Instruction, National Hsinchu University of Education, No. 521, Nanda Road, Hsinchu City 300, Taiwan

Abstract: Mind-mapping is a type of graphic organiser that is used for learners to generate ideas, take notes, develop concepts and ideas, and improve memory (Buzan, 1974). This study explores the reading comprehension and knowledge construction of 42 EFL (English as a foreign language) freshmen through the use of online concept mapping tools in a freshmen English class in the northwest university in Taiwan. Based on the data analysis of these 42 freshmen's oral presentation, mind-mapping, and interview, the research has the following two major findings. Firstly, these online concept mapping tools helped improve participants' reading comprehension in terms of understanding the text, identifying the main ideas, and recognising the structure of the article. Secondly, participants held a positive attitude towards these online concept mapping tools for usefulness and convenience. A model on effective integration of online concept mapping tools to demonstrate freshmen's reading comprehension in freshmen English classes is proposed.

Keywords: online concept mapping; metacognition; mind-mapping; reading comprehension; text understanding; Taiwan; EFL; English as a Foreign Language; language learning; knowledge construction; oral presentations.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTEL.2015.071918

International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning, 2015 Vol.7 No.1, pp.19 - 35

Received: 03 Jun 2015
Accepted: 09 Jun 2015

Published online: 23 Sep 2015 *

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