Online semantic mapping strategies for augmenting retention of lexical fields: applying theory to online practices

Kotturi, Krishna Swamy (2020) Online semantic mapping strategies for augmenting retention of lexical fields: applying theory to online practices. Language and Language Teaching, 9 (2). pp. 29-39. ISSN 2277-307X

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Abstract

Vocabulary learning is a prominent aspect of attaining mastery in a language. At the same time, it is a complex cognitive process (Cook, 2001), that leaves the learners, especially the weak vocabulary learners, with learning difficulties. Enabling such learners to use strategies such as semantic mapping would help them navigate this complex process more effectively. Integrating the use of certain online learning tools available with the advent of web 2.0 technology could help this process further and lead to better retention of the lexical fields. This paper attempts to analyse these possibilities by drawing a link between vocabulary learning difficulties, use of semantic mapping strategy and the use of an online tool, MindMup 2.0. The paper begins by introducing the challenges in vocabulary learning and then brings in the prominence of semantic mapping strategy in addressing them. This is followed by a discussion on the multidisciplinary perspectives of the strategy and from this an outline of its theoretical framework has been critically drawn. Finally, the paper argues in favour of implementing the essence of the theoretical underpinnings of the strategy using online tools for better lexical retention.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Kotturi, Krishna Swamy
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English
Uncontrolled Keywords: Vocabulary learning, Learning strategies, Semantic mapping strategy, Lexical fields, Online semantic mapping tools, MindMup 2.0
Subjects: Language
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Language and Language Teaching
Full Text Status: Public
URI: http://publications.azimpremjifoundation.org/id/eprint/2741
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