The Pedagogical Value of Mind Maps in FLE Class

Authors

  • Athéna VARSAMIDOU Université Aristote de Thessalonique

Keywords:

evaluation, language skills, mind map, didactic of FFL

Abstract

A mind map, also known as a heuristic or concept map, is a graphic tool that allows you to uisually represent ideas, concepts, and information in an organized way. A mind map is created by starting with a central concept to which are associated branches representing main and secondary ideas. These branches are in turn subdivided into sub-branches, forming a tree structure. This tool is particularly useful for visualizing complex information, improving creativity, stimulating learning, and facilitating memorization. The visual structure of a mind map reflects the way the brain naturally organizes information, making it a powerful tool in a variety of educational contexts. In this article, we will show how mind maps can be used in the FLE classroom to boost language teaching and develop communicative language skills, while creating a context that is both authentic and motivating for learners. We will also focus on the role of mind maps as a tool for assessing the skills involved.

Published

2024-07-01