n Journal for Language Teaching = Ijenali Yekufundzisa Lulwimi = Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig - Teaching critical thinking skills in the language classroom
|Article Title||Teaching critical thinking skills in the language classroom|
|© Publisher:||South African Association for Language Teaching (SAALT)|
|Journal||Journal for Language Teaching = Ijenali Yekufundzisa Lulwimi = Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig|
|Publication Date||Jun 2001|
|Pages||125 - 137|
One of the greatest challenges facing educators worldwide today, is that of how to produce learners who are critical thinkers. In South Africa the realisation that critical thinking is both an important life skill and educational concept, gained prominence in 1995 when the White Paper 'Education and Training in a Democratic South Africa' stated: 'The Curriculum, teaching methods and textbooks at all levels and in all programmes of education and training, should encourage independent and critical thought.' These principles were translated into a plan of action when the development of critical thinking skills was adopted as one of the twelve critical outcomes of the South African Qualifications Authority in 1998. This paper confirms that the link between critical thinking and the language classroom is strong. However, there are still very few ideas regarding implementation, particularly in the language classroom. This paper is an attempt at addressing this issue. The major aspects of critical thinking were identified, and a number of ideas for the implementation of these critical thinking sub-skills in the language classroom are given.
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