The Effect of Teaching Critical Thinking on Al-Buraimi University College students’ Writing Skills: A Case Study

Yahia Ashour Mohammed AlKhoudary

Abstract


This study explores the role of writing in developing students’ critical thinking. It also sheds light on traditional writing assignments which fail to help students develop their comprehension of course content and evaluate their writing products critically. Moreover, this probe is to discover learners and teachers’ attitude towards the role of critical thinking in promoting the writing skills at AlBuraimi University College (BUC). The result of this study focuses on the effect of integrating critical thinking on learners’ performance. The procedure of this investigation is based on a combination of qualitative, quantitative (1) one hundred students who are taking writing course are selected randomly and divided into two groups; (2) pre- and posttests conducted to both groups; (3) twenty teachers were selected randomly (10 males and 10 females); questionnaires are administered to EFL teachers at BUC. The findings of this study illustrate that students who write critically are mostly motivated and their performance is affected positively. It also reveals that there are significant differences in posttest scores between treatment and controlled group. Moreover, teachers’ response to questionnaire supports the idea of integrating critical thinking in teaching the writing skills at BUC. Thus, is recommended that teachers should use thinking skills to enhance students’ writing performance and creativity.

 


Keywords


Critical Thinking, Process Writing Approach, signal words, teaching techniques

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7575/aiac.ijalel.v.4n.6p.212

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