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Collaborative Learning and Concept Mapping for Language Teaching

Collaborative Learning and Concept Mapping for Language Teaching
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Author(s): Rita de Cássia Veiga Marriott (University of Birmingham, UK)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 22
Source title: Handbook of Research on Collaborative Learning Using Concept Mapping
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Patricia Lupion Torres (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, Brazil) and Rita de Cássia Veiga Marriott (University of Birmingham, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-992-2.ch002

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Abstract

This chapter outlines how collaborative learning and concept mapping have been incorporated and implemented within a blended foreign language course. Focusing on these two approaches, it introduces the reader to LAPLI – The Language Learning Lab: a methodology of integrative CALL using the Internet. The aim in LAPLI’s 12 activities is to challenge high-intermediate and advanced language students to go beyond their limitations and be more active and responsible for their own learning. Students, based on authentic material selected by themselves, work individually and collaboratively throughout its activities. They are stimulated to develop fluency and accuracy in the foreign language, focusing on the development of their reading and writing skills, but also promoting their oral and social skills. Some feedback from the students is presented. The chapter concludes with a few considerations on the challenges of life-long education.

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