Strategies for Integrating Critical Thinking into Online ELT Classroom

ELT Reflections 

Why critical thinking?

As one of the key components of life skills, critical thinking is a skill that everyone, young or adult, should be good at.

What is critical thinking?

Critical thinking is often used to refer to the ability to think clearly and reasonably about what to do and what to believe, the ability to perform reflectively and think independently.

Here is a quick checklist of what critical thinking comprises:

-Asking probing questions regarding a topic

-Problem solving

-Researching and analysis

-defending your opinions

-Applying higher-order thinking to a challenge

-Modifying your biases


How to incorporate critical thinking into our online ELT classroom to supplement teaching materials

At B1 and above:

  1. Put student into pairs or groups and ask probing questions. For example, “What social media do you use more than once a day? Make a list and compare your answers.” This sample question invites critical thinking in…

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