Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 4(1), pp. 36 - 57
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2016.040106
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Thinking Maps in Writing Project in English for Taiwanese Elementary School Students

Yu Shu Fan *
Institute of Taiwan Languages and Language Teaching, National Hsinchu University of Education, Taiwan


Thinking Maps is a language of eight visual patterns, each based on a fundamental thought process, designed by Dr. David N. Hyerle[1]. The visual patterns are based on cognitive skills and applied in all content areas. Not only are they used in different combinations for depth and complexity, but are also used by all members in the school community. Mt. Airy Elementary School, Maryland in the USA has achieved outstanding results after using Thinking Maps for years. Students in Taiwan are afraid of writing English essays, in which it becomes an island wide problem in all the schools. Using Thinking Maps while writing English essays helps the students in the elementary schools in Taiwan to start their English essay writing and build their structures in thinking and mapping their thoughts. Centre of College Entrance Examination in Taiwan declared in 2009 that more than15 percentage of students had gotten a zero on their English writing. Only fewer researches are relevant to English writing during the past twenty years. The purpose of this teaching project tried to use Thinking Maps to build up the skills of English writing. Moreover, the researcher designed games in teaching. No matter the beginners or skill students enjoy English writing instead of fear. This writing project finds out that Thinking Maps help most of the students in developing good structure, providing more and more ideas for them to use in their own essay writing no matter if they have experience in writing or not. As a result, the students are confident in English writing, therefore, Thinking Maps is a new teaching method to be considered for all the teachers in Taiwan.

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Yu Shu Fan . "Thinking Maps in Writing Project in English for Taiwanese Elementary School Students." Universal Journal of Educational Research 4.1 (2016) 36 - 57. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2016.040106.