ERIC Number: ED424749
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Aug
Developing Critical Thinking Skills in EAP Students.
Vermillion, DeAnn M.
It is argued that there is a great need to integrate critical thinking instruction in courses in English for academic purposes (EAP) and English as a Second Language (ESL). Three primary components of critical thinking are identified: understanding the author's intended meaning; synthesizing all available information, which also includes inferencing; and analyzing. The analysis component involves evaluating logic based on the truth and validity of an argument's claims, as well as understanding author stance and word connotations. A discussion of approaches and techniques for applying this information in the classroom focuses on two elements in learning critical thinking skills: (1) affective factors, and (2) practical applications in understanding, synthesizing, and analyzing text. A sample lesson plan on the topic of critical thinking about tolerance is included. Appended materials include two forms for evaluating the appropriateness of texts for critical thinking instruction and a sample article used as a text. Contains 93 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, Biola University.