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Critical Thinking in Language Education

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Author(s): Saeed Rezaei | Ali Derakhshan | Marzieh Bagherkazemi

Journal: Journal of Language Teaching and Research
ISSN 1798-4769

Volume: 2;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 769;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: critical thinking | education | language

ABSTRACT
Critical thinking, rooted in critical philosophy, has long been an influential part and parcel of Western education. The present study is an attempt to sketch the concept of critical thinking as a viable cornerstone in language education. First, a number of the definitions of the concept as posited by different scholars are put forth. Second, the typical features of critical thinkers are introduced from the perspectives of education scholars. Third, different standpoints on the teachability of the ability to think critically are reviewed. And finally, a number of classroom techniques, including debates, media analyses, problem-solving tasks, self-assessment and peer-assessment, likely to foster critical thinking skills in language classrooms are proposed.

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