Critical Thinking as Key to Successful Teaching and Learning

Posted: 2 Dec 2019

Date Written: June 17-18, 2019


In tertiary education contexts motivating high-level learners becomes crucial to their academic success as the current emphasis on preparation for standardized test has failed to incentivize them. The solution we propose is critical thinking as a theory underlying the teaching/learning process, which shifts the focus from teach-to-test university curricula to task-based learning. This approach fosters students’ autonomy and enhances motivation because it is reflective of their academic work. Language learning is well placed to develop essential life skills, critical thinking being among the most important ones.

Keywords: tertiary education, high-level learners, task-based learning, critical thinking

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Krutskikh, Elena and Khvatova, Elena, Critical Thinking as Key to Successful Teaching and Learning (June 17-18, 2019). Available at SSRN:

Elena Krutskikh

MGIMO University ( email )

Elena Khvatova (Contact Author)

MGIMO University ( email )

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