The ‘Branches Map’ method and ESL students’ Motivation in essay writing*

  • Melor Md Yunus Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia - Malaysia
  • Harwati Hashim Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia - Malaysia
  • Joecy Likan Edwin Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia - Malaysia
  • Ho Yen Yee Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia - Malaysia
  • Nurdiha Izany Hashan Arif Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia - Malaysia
  • Abd Kadir Jelani Nur Hamimi Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia - Malaysia
Keywords: Motivation, ESL Writing, generating ideas, English proficiency.


This study aims to study secondary school students’ perceptions towards the use of ‘branches map’ method and its influences to motivate them in their essay writing.  Semi-structured interview was conducted to collect the data. Twelve students of age sixteen with different levels of English proficiency were selected to participate in this study. The analysis of the data indicated that majority of the students had a positive perception towards the use of Branches Map method to motivate them in writing. The students responded that the use of ‘Branches Map’ method helps them in planning their writing, generating ideas, and enhancing creativity in writing. These results manifested that the tree structure of the ‘Branches Map’ method used in the pre-writing process was able to enhance students’ motivation in essay writing.


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Author Biographies

Melor Md Yunus, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia - Malaysia

Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Harwati Hashim, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia - Malaysia

Corresponding author. Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.


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How to Cite
Md Yunus, M., Hashim, H., Likan Edwin, J., Yen Yee, H., Hashan Arif , N. I., & Nur Hamimi , A. K. J. (2019). The ‘Branches Map’ method and ESL students’ Motivation in essay writing*. Religación, 4(17), 46-51. Retrieved from