Critical thinking and task-based learning: Are they compatible?

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Pamararat Wiriyakarun


Critical thinking has become mandatory in the nationwide curricula under the present educational reform. However, a number of EFL teachers and curriculum developers still seriously doubt whether this skill can be cultivated effectively. How can they develop their students' ability to express critical thinking skills while simultaneously improving their language learning skills? Some researchers claim that critical thinking only seems applicable within content-based instruction. This paper explores its compatibility with other types of pedagogical approach, such as task-based learning, to see whether this approach can promote critical thinking within EFL settings in Thailand.


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Wiriyakarun, P. (2004). Critical thinking and task-based learning: Are they compatible?. REFLections, 6, 9–16. Retrieved from
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