Here you will find links to articles that can help further the discussion on Critical Thinking in the EFL classroom. If you have a link you would like to share, please send it to us by using the contact form. We would love to add as many resources as possible for our members.
Please note that these articles may or may not represent the ideas of all members. They are posted here to further discussion and raise awareness of Critical Thinking as something we can implement in our classrooms and for our students.
(NEW): Getting critical thinking into the language learning classroom. http://www.ettoi.pl/PDF_resources/Critical_ThinkingENG.pdf
Past issues of CT Scan are available at the bottom of the page.
The central hub of Critically Minded Network, a network of podcasts produced by CT SIG co-founder, David Gann. Its aim is to provide quality podcast content and other resources for critical thinking instruction.
The core of the content consists of a two podcast series fronting the basics of critical thinking skills and critical dispositions:
These are supported by the very important Critically Minded Network: Online Critical Thinking Course which contains and over 100 online text reconstruction, cloze and multiple selection exercises that can support your lessons. This course design is recommended to for first and second year students of intermediate level English proficiency.
For more advanced student, there is a third series called Rationally Minded Podcast, which focuses on recognizing and responding to fallacies.
The Critical Thinking Community: http://www.criticalthinking.org/
A Great Resource for Learning About Critical Thinking
A beginner’s guide to Critical Thinking (with practice!) can be found at this website. We encourage all members (and visitors to this site) to watch the series when then have time and complete the practice sections to help improve your reasoning thinking skills.
Again, the course (free!) can be found here.
Member Contributed Resources
Using Blogs to Enhance Critical Reflection and Community of Practice http://www.ifets.info/journals/12_2/2.pdf author: Shih-Hsien Yang, National Formosa University
Content -Based Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking Skills in an EFL Context http://candle.ntcu.edu.tw/profile/vitae/20070827185727.pdf author: Meei0Ling Liaw of the National Teichung University.
Critical Thinking, an Extended Definition. http://isites.harvard.edu/fs/docs/icb.topic265890.files/Critical_Thinking_File/06_CT_Extended_Definition.pdf
A link to an article on assessing CT skills in the EFL classroom. http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED403302.pdf
Edutopia and an article on getting CT into the classroom. http://www.edutopia.org/stw-kipp-critical-thinking-10-tips-for-teaching
A link to the ELTA Journal and an article with an introduction to CT and a proposed lesson plan. http://eltajournal.org.rs/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/VII-Developing-Critical-Thinking-in-the-English-Language-classroom.pdf Article by: Elena Vdovina, Saint-Petersburg State Polytechnical University, Saint-Petersburg, Russia and Lourdes Cardozo Gaibisso, Secondary School, Montevideo, Uruguay
A blog with pod-casts for critical thinking in the EFL classroom. http://www.criticallyminded.com/ Produced by: David Gann and Nick Bufton