The pivotal beginning for teaching a language to foreigners is improving and expanding on their vocabulary. This builds up a resource for the learners to further develop their communication skills as well as easily approach to indigenous culture. This case study explains the importance of increasing vocabulary for foreigners learning the second language; how to build up and apply a mind mapping technique to develop the vocabulary based on the associative and imaginary relationship and connect presupposed knowledge of the learners. A quantitative data analysis approach was incorporated using questionnaires and by examining sample tests of 30 students, including 15 foreign students learning Vietnamese and 15 Vietnamese students learning English in Hanoi National University of Education. Data was collected from students making a survey and tests during a 3-month-course of studying the second language. The result indicates that building vocabulary with mindmaps helps the learners enrich their vocabulary quickly and scientifically. The collection of words will become organized and systematic instead of a messy and random gathering. Thus, their capability to use their vocabulary to read, listen, speak and write will be dramatically enhanced. Increasing vocabulary for foreigners will be an initial step for developing their communication skills and understanding of local culture. The findings will contribute to teaching field and bring the learners of a second language closer to the linguistic empathy.
Hoai Phuong Tran , Ha Noi National University of Education, Vietnam
Stream: Learning Strategies
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