How to Support EFL Learners’ Development of Argument in English Argumentative Writing Through Six Thinking Hats (73878)

Session Information: Foreign Languages Education & Applied Linguistics (Workshops)

Thursday, 23 November 2023 09:50
Session: Session 1
Room: Room 701
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Argumentative writing is the most prevalent genre in diverse writing tests. Developing a good argument is the prerequisite for argumentative writing. However, how to construct academic arguments is often regarded as a difficult task by most English as a foreign language (EFL) learners. It calls for a need to explore effective instructional strategies to teach English argumentative writing with the aim of developing EFL learners’ arguments. This workshop shares our experience of using a Six Thinking Hats approach to help students understand critical and creative thinking, the key elements required for developing arguments, through providing a dialogic and creative space to enable students to develop their arguments. Through a range of practical activities, the workshop demonstrates how the approach can help EFL learners to develop their arguments, sharpen their critical thinking, explore their own potential by taking an active role in their learning, and enhance their creative thinking. Considering these points, this interactive workshop will be as follows • Introduce concepts of Six Thinking Hats • A brief overview of research about applying Six Thinking Hats in the EFL context • Demonstrate how to use a Six Thinking Hats approach as an effective pedagogical strategy for EFL learners to experience and collaboratively develop arguments from multiple perspectives. • Making suggestions on things to consider when applying Six Thinking Hats in the EFL context. Therefore, participants can adapt the workshop activities to their specific teaching contexts.

Mei Lin, Newcastle University, United Kingdom
Chang Liu, Newcastle University, United Kingdom

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Mei Lin has been a senior lecturer at Newcastle University in the UK. Her research focuses on developing EFL students’ critical thinking and communicative competence through integrating different thinking skill frameworks into the curriculum.

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00