Fostering Learner’s Critical Thinking Skills in EFL: Some Practical Activities

  • Marsela Harizaj University of Vlora “Ismail Qemali”, Department of Foreign Languages, Albania
  • Veneranda Hajrulla University of Vlora “Ismail Qemali”, Department of Foreign Languages, Albania

Abstract

Developing student’s critical skills is one of the major concerns of foreign language teachers. Professional teachers and novice ones try to find ways to motivate their students. Developing communicative competence requires students to develop learning strategies and focus on language function and context. In every course assignments, learners understand and realize better that communication is not an easy thing. Developing accuracy and fluency in foreign language classes enhance students critical thinking too. However, What is critical thinking? What is the perception of learners about it? What communicative activities can foreign language teachers use in the classroom to enhance student’s critical thinking? These are some research questions that this paper brings in focus, from theory to practice. The study is based on observations in EFL classes. From observations, it was found that developing critical thinking skills help learners to enhance their communication, enlarge their vocabulary, and help them to learn how to use language for different purposes in a variety of contexts. Foreign language teachers can help learners develop critical thinking skills. In this paper, some suggestions for foreign language teachers to use practical activities to foster critical thinking will be presented. Thus, in English language learning and teaching contexts, critical thinking becomes more dynamic.

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Published
2017-10-31
How to Cite
Harizaj, M., & Hajrulla, V. (2017). Fostering Learner’s Critical Thinking Skills in EFL: Some Practical Activities. European Scientific Journal, ESJ, 13(29), 126. https://doi.org/10.19044/esj.2017.v13n29p126