Actively Engaged in Critical Thinking, by Frank Bonkowski
Are you looking for materials to energize your teaching and motivate your students to join you in an exciting journey? Do you want a turn-key solution to online teaching?
Actively Engaged in Critical Thinking brings the real world into the classroom with teacher-created instructional videos, provocative reading and listening materials, and stimulating projects. A multimedia course with an online companion, it includes 20 original videos, running over two hours, and accompanying transcripts. High-intermediate to advanced non-native speakers of English will bring their English language skills to another level.
The course is built around three components: critical thinking, different essay types, and project-based learning. For critical thinking, there are seven videos that explore the timely concept of critical thinking and show its application to students’ lives. Each topic has two or three comprehension and/or production activities - with accompanying suggested answers for teachers.
The course examines eight different types of essay: narrative nonfiction, expository writing, critical literary analysis, comparison-and-contrast writing, business writing, persuasive writing, definition writing, and argumentative writing. Each essay type is defined in an informative text. There is also lively reading or listening material accompanying each essay type.
Actively Engaged in Critical Thinking engages learners in three stimulating, classroom-proven projects: a family story, job search, and debates, Students become engaged in building the course with classmates and the teacher.
Other features include engaging students in a short talk, a brief audio-visual presentation to classmates related to their field of study. Students also create and design their own blog at blogger.com. It is their personal archive of all their coursework which they can share instantly with classmates and the teacher. Both communicative activities are classroom-proven opportunities for speaking and writing.
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Actively Engaged in Critical Thinking (103B – focusing on critical thinking, analysis of different essay types, and project work)