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ALC8028 : Thinking Skills in ELT

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Mei Lin
  • Owning School: Education, Communication & Language Sci
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module reviews recent development in integrating teaching thinking in teaching English to speakers of other languages. It will introduce key concepts, theories and perspectives of thinking, as well as a selection of thinking skill frameworks. A variety of tasks will guide you to integrate teaching thinking in EFL (English as a foreign language) lessons, and to reflect on ‘why to do’ rather than ‘how to do’ as a teacher.

Specific aims include:
•       To understand key concepts of thinking, including critical, creative thinking and thinking perspectives
•       To understand Bloom’s higher order thinking and implications on task designs and teacher questioning
•       To understand Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development and mediation
•       To apply learned theories to design and evaluate teaching materials

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Introduction of integrating teaching thinking into EFL curriculum
2. De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats & parallel thinking
3. Revised Bloom’s taxonomy & applications to EFL teaching activities
4. Higher order thinking questions and fostering student thinking
5. Mathew Lipman’s Community of Inquiry & reasoning skills
6. Socratic questioning and dialogic discussions
7. Mediation and conducive environment to forester thinking in EFL classroom
8. Paul & Elder frameworks of critical thinking & EFL
9. Technology assisted teaching/learning of critical thinking
10. Assessment of higher order thinking
11. Drop-in session

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials100:305:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading130:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery12:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study183:0083:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide an introduction to the weekly content, establish a basic level of understanding of the topic, provide opportunities for discussion, and signal areas for individual further study and essential and further reading.

Seminars offer an opportunity for further exploration, discussion, and personal reflection, through small group activities. Seminar activities are often linked to post-lecture reading.

Structured Guided Learning activities provide students with weekly opportunities to consolidate learning through guided tasks linked to the weekly topic.

Independent study will enable wider reading, further personal self-reflection and assignment preparation.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Reflective log2M40Reflective Learning Log (1,500 words)
Essay2A60Essay - 2000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Study skills, and other relevant knowledge and skills, will be assessed through the reflective learning journal. Critical understanding of relevant theory will be assessed through the end of module essay.

Reading Lists