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Unit 7: Critical Thinking Skills


Welcome to Let's Teach English. This series offers free online training for English language educators worldwide. Voice of America and the University of Oregon are partners on this project.

Summary

The focus of this lesson is teaching analytical thinking skills. The teacher leads the class through an exercise developed by Stella Ting-Toomey called “Describe, Interpret, Evaluate” (See-Think-Feel).

The students move through the process of carefully examining an event before they form an opinion about it. The teacher compares this process to intercultural contact, and encourages thoughtful reflection on cultural differences.

Teacher Preparation Video Transcript

This episode shows a model of teaching through role plays and group projects. Click on the image below to download a pdf of the transcript.

Let's Teach English Teacher Preparation Unit 7: Critical Thinking Skills
Let's Teach English Teacher Preparation Unit 7: Critical Thinking Skills

Women Teaching Women English Text

Click on the image below to download a pdf of the student text and teacher manual. At the end of the ten-unit course, the whole book will be available for download.

WTWE Student Text Unit 7: How Others See the World
WTWE Student Text Unit 7: How Others See the World

Women Teaching Women English Listening

​These audio files go with Unit 5 of Women Teaching Women English. Click on the "Direct Link" button to the right of the player to download them.

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The Let’s Teach English video series offers free online training for English language educators worldwide. It is based on the Women Teaching Women English text for adult, beginning level learners. Voice of America and the University of Oregon are partners on this project. The course includes:

  1. An introductory segment which summarizes the main topics of second language teaching and shows classroom examples of the topics.
  2. Ten 5-minute video episodes based on the units of Women Teaching Women English. Each of these episodes provides a model of communicative language teaching through simulated language classroom interaction.
  3. Updated digital downloads of the Women Teaching Women English student book, teacher’s manual, and audio files.
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