Mapping for EFL (part II): Witting use of concept mapping for EFL

Speaker: Lawrie Hunter

This workshop, part II of a 2-part series of workshops, begins with a brief review of part I, about the use of (1) Hunter’s infostructure maps and (2) Cmap Tools.
The KUT language lab is fully wired and internet connected, so bringing one’s own laptop is not necessary. In fact, given the LAN configuration, it’s best to use the KUT machines. Participants who missed workshop part I should familiarize themselves with Cmap Tools (download Cmap Tools free from and Hunter’s information structure maps (prereading at:
This workshop will demonstrate how to go beyond "I do mapping in my class" by means of various constraints and techniques that lead the learner to the use of specific language forms and patterns. This is germane: how many ‘constructivist’ tasks do you know of that actually lead the learner to specific language behaviors?
Making concept mapping (Novakian mapping) and/or information structure mapping part of the performance of constructivist task introduces low-language visual representation of the content of the learner’s creation. Concept maps can be subtly constrained in a number of ways to bring the learner to a limited range of information types or rhetorical moves, which will in turn necessitate the use of certain language structures and language features.
Map based constraints used in this workshop:
1. Output size constraint can be used to force summarization.
2. Complexity constraint can be used to force varying degrees of abstraction.
3. Rhetorical move constraint can be used to force a particular rhetorical form, e.g. argument.
The workshops are announced in map form at:

Date and Time: Saturday, 24 January 2009 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Kochi University of Technology, Language Lab, K building 3F
Fee for JALT members: Free
Fee for one-day members: 500 yen

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