Integrating Critical Thinking Into English Argumentative Writing Class Through Six Thinking Hats: A Case Study of a Chinese University (73879)

Session Information: Foreign Languages Education & Applied Linguistics (including ESL/TESL/TEFL)
Session Chair: Virginia Yip

Thursday, 23 November 2023 10:55
Session: Session 2
Room: Room 707
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

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

The importance of critical thinking for tertiary-level students is widely acknowledged. However, it is rarely taught explicitly. Argumentative writing is the most prevalent genre in diverse writing tests and critical thinking is the core. How to construct academic arguments is often regarded as a difficult task by most English as a foreign language (EFL) learners. Many teachers are passionate about integrating critical thinking into their EFL writing class, but are puzzled as to where to start. This presentation discusses the learning outcomes of an integration of De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats to teach critical thinking for English argumentative writing. 59 first-year students from a Chinese university participated in a twelve-week teaching intervention. Multiple sources of data were collected on students learning to generate ideas for their arguments. This talk, drawing from group discussion data collected at different weeks over the intervention, enables teachers and researchers to ‘see’ the hidden process of learning to develop ideas for argumentative writing in action. The findings have pedagogical implications for teachers to integrate teaching thinking into subject teaching as well as engaging students in developing 21st Century skills (Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication) and having fun in the process.

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

About the Presenter(s)
Miss Chang Liu is a doctoral student at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. Her research interests are in integrating thinking skills into EFL contexts and mentoring teachers in conducting Exploratory Action Research.

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