For example one of them presented the advertisement of a convertible with the following slogan:" Men talk about women, sports and cars. It was a good opportunity to talk about stereotypes even though their lexical resources are limited. The other that they should search for any Brad Pitt film to be released soon about WW2.A pupil asked me if they could take a snapshot of the photo with their devices but I refused and asked them to use their mind and key words in their search.It means not taking what you hear or read at face value, but using your critical faculties to weigh up the evidence, and considering the implications and conclusions of what the writer is saying. On the first, you are on a country walk and you come across a notice which tells you not to attempt to climb a fence because of risk of electrocution.
In the first case, you are thinking reactively and in the second, you are thinking critically.
An allied skill is the ability to analyse – that is, to read or listen for the following points: The key to critical thinking is to develop an impersonal approach which looks at arguments and facts and which lays aside personal views and feelings.
This is an activity I tried with my students a day before Christmas holidays.
I asked them to read the instructions and use their devices to plan the holiday.
No analysis, no comparison, no effort to read further about the issue.
Just the reproduction of stereotypes and theories - most of them discredited by statistics of prestigious organizations.
They are brainwashed and often led to believe that by purchasing consumer goods or services they can achieve or become anything they dream of with the touch of a magic "wand".
As a teacher, following the current teaching trends, I felt that my teaching should be more personalized (the term used in its EFL meaning) and learner centred; involve students and allow them to use their creativity and critical thinking skills.
On the other hand, suppose you were to receive a letter from a local farmer announcing that he proposed to put up an electric fence to protect a certain field.
In this case, would you not be more likely to think about his reasons for doing so and what the implications would be for you and your family?