Group concept mapping strategies for collaborative continuation tasks

Fan SU, Di ZOU*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The continuation task, which involves reading an unfinished story and completing its ending, offers good potential for language learning. To enhance students' story-ending writing abilities, this study proposes two types of concept mapping strategies: group filling-in-the-blanks of a teacher-constructed guided map and group concept mapping, both of which are meant to help students clarify storylines by visualizing a story onto a concept map. A quasi-experiment was conducted in three classes. Students in Class 1 collaboratively filled in the blanks on a concept map and then wrote completions to three stories. In Class 2, students collaboratively constructed their own concept map and then wrote completions to the same stories. Class 3 students collaboratively wrote completions to the same stories without any concept mapping. Students’ story completions, diaries, responses to questionnaires, the researcher's observation notes, and teacher interviews were collected and analyzed using ANOVAs (Analysis of variance), paired-sample t-tests and thematic and domain analysis. The results showed that concept mapping strategies assisted students’ story-ending writing quality with students achieving higher scores when using the group concept mapping strategy compared to those not using any mapping strategies. Nine interactive patterns were identified, with the collaborative pattern dominating, and these patterns evolved dynamically as the co-continuation tasks proceeded. Overall, both students and teachers perceived the proposed strategies positively.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Applied Linguistics
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 Mar 2024

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© 2024 The Authors. International Journal of Applied Linguistics published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


  • collaborative continuation
  • concept mapping strategies
  • group collaboration
  • interactive patterns
  • reading-writing integrated task
  • 概念图策略
  • 协作读后续写
  • 互动模式
  • 小组协作
  • 读写任务


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