Does Communicative Language Teaching Help Develop Students’ Competence in Thinking Critically?

Journal of Language and Education, 2019, 5(2), 112-122. doi: 10.17323/jle.2019.8486

11 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2020

Date Written: June 30, 2019

Abstract

Critical thinking is one of the non-subject related learning goals which students are expected to develop in British education. Undergraduate students are offered to study language through the Institution-Wide Language Programme (IWLP) in the UK and most language teachers use Communicative Language Teaching (CLT). Paying attention to these two facts, this study investigates if CLT helps develop students’ critical thinking. Using Hofstede et al.’s educational culture as a framework, the underlying pedagogies for both CLT and critical thinking were identified and the similarities and differences are compared. It was concluded that CLT helps to develop students’ critical thinking as it shares with critical thinking pedagogies and elements of an educational culture. However, the pedagogy of independence was not shared. It is suggested that language teachers should give students the opportunity to think for themselves during class in order to encourage students’ independence using CLT.

Keywords: Communicative Language Teaching, critical thinking, educational culture, higher education, Hofstede’s cultural taxonomy

Suggested Citation

Winch, Junko, Does Communicative Language Teaching Help Develop Students’ Competence in Thinking Critically? (June 30, 2019). Journal of Language and Education, 2019, 5(2), 112-122. doi: 10.17323/jle.2019.8486, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3511742

Junko Winch (Contact Author)

University of Sussex ( email )

Sussex House
Falmer
Brighton, Sussex BNI 9RH
United Kingdom

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