Graphic Organizers: Mind Maps as a tool to enhance Reading Comprehension skills


Mind maps, graphic organizers, reading comprehension skills, metacognition, visual learning


Reading comprehension in L2 is perhaps the skill whose requirements have changed most and most rapidly due to the demand of the information society. Readers not only need to interpret words and sentences in articles or books: sometimes they have to make a meaning out of disconnected pieces of information in pouring messages on websites, and social networks. The purpose of the present study is to explore the possibilities of mind-mapping techniques in order to foster the reading comprehension abilities in students of English as L2 by working under the assumption that the latter can be improved when apparently loose pieces of written information are connected by means of images and lines. The experiment in the project involved a total of 84 participants of two consecutive academic levels: first and second year of post-compulsory secondary education. Different sessions and two parallel procedures were scheduled in order to provide us with contrasting data that could be systematized numerically. Even though the sessions that could be scheduled were limited in number, the analysis of the data suggests some noticeable improvement in the reading comprehension abilities in most participants and some perception of progress in a majority of them. Their positive feedback, suggests that sustained work in this field could improve their reading comprehension skills in a significant way.


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Author Biographies

M. Ángeles Fernández Fernández, Universidad de Huelva

She has studied a Grade in English Philology. Undergraduate academic record award.  Master's Degree in Secondary Education, High School, Vocational Training, and Language School Teacher Training. Teacher of Secondary (IES).

María del Carmen Fonseca Mora, Universidad de Huelva

Dr. M.Carmen Fonseca-Mora is Full Professor and the head of ReALL (Research in Affective Language Learning Lab) at the University of Huelva, Spain. She's a member of the Research Center "Contemporary Thinking and Innovation for social Development"(COIDESO). Her main research interests are related to applied linguistics and language teacher training. She’s currently a member of the Conseil Européen pour les Langues / European Language Council (CEL/ELC). She's associate editor of the European Journal of Language Policy.


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Fernández Fernández, M. Ángeles, & Fonseca Mora, M. del C. (2022). Graphic Organizers: Mind Maps as a tool to enhance Reading Comprehension skills. Linguo Didáctica, 1, 1-14.