How To Write Critical Thinking Activities

What is Critical Thinking (CT)? What is a Critical Thinking approach? Why is it relevant and helpful in ELT? A buzzword in ELT materials-development, CT takes comprehension to another level. Encouraging students to read between the lines, separate fact from opinion, identify aims, etc, deepens their understanding and awareness of how an author has used language to convey a message or develop an argument. Thinking critically requires the student to engage more intensely and make the language more memorable.

Paul Dummett gives examples of activities that promote a CT approach and makes suggestions for matching activity types with language levels. By the end of this module you will be able to identify appropriate CT activity types for different texts and write them. Paul then gives examples of activities that claim to fall into the category of CT, but actually do not.

This book forms part of the ELT Teacher 2 Writer training course. The course is designed to help you write better ELT materials, either for publication, or simply to improve the quality of your self-produced classroom materials.

How To Write Critical Thinking Activities forms part of our How To Write Excellent ELT Materials: The Skills Series compendium.

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Paul Dummett

Paul Dummett is a teacher and writer based in Oxford. His early career was spent as a DoS and course designer at Regent School in Oxford. He set up his own school in 1998 dedicated to teaching adults and professionals, but left the business in 2006 to concentrate on writing. He is the author of various general English, Business and ESP titles, including Success with BEC (NGL), Energy English (NGL), Life (NGL), Keynote (NGL) and Navigate (OUP).

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