Subject language mind map

The subject language mind map The role of the first language in English Medium Instruction: Toolkit published by Oxford University Press [  Copyright OUP, so this is just for demonstration on staging site ]

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The role of the first language in English Medium Instruction: Toolkit

The subject language mind map

Instructions

Use mind maps (also called ‘concept maps’) to help learners identify and organize key subject language. As well as key words, you can add phrases and grammar structures that are typical in your subject area. Learners can use these maps as a reference tool and an aid to memorizing important language. Why not create one of these maps at the start of each curriculum unit? Here is an example from an EMI/CLIL Biology unit on ‘The Human Organism’:

[See Author Help at right; Link the image here – best that can be done short of replicating layout using vector graphic; it could be turned into nested lists… ]

The Human Organism
male reproductive
nervous
is made up of
female reproductive
organ systems
include
locomotive
nerve
respiratory
cardiovascular
which are made up of
muscle
digestive
are divided into four types
organs
and this belongs to the
connective
and these are
anus
which is part of the
composed of
epithelial
appendix
lung
muscle
tissues
small intestine
red blood
duodenum
fat
are divided into
which in turn are constructed from
include
brain
white blood
connective
cells
liver
stomach
nerve
heart
epithelial
kidney
bladder
trachea
larynx
which have
the function of
bronchial tube
oesophagus
mitochondrion
small vacuole
transporting
ribosome

protecting
nucleus
expanding
human cells
chromosome
repairing
cell membrane
cytoplasm
glycogen store

Verb phrases for talking about composition

• is/are made up of
• is/are divided into
• include(s)
• some components
• is/are composed of
of … are …
• which in turn is/are
• and this belongs to
constructed from
• which is part of
• which is/are built
up of

Use our template on the next page to get started. As you think of further concepts
and connections, you and your students will probably want to add extra bubbles and
connecting lines of your own.

You can also create your own mind maps, or search online for free software to create your
map electronically. Later, you can encourage learners to create personalized mind maps
to help them revise the language further.

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Adapted from: Ball, P., Kelly, K. & Clegg, J. (2015) Putting CLIL into Practice. Oxford University Press, pp.76-77
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