Exploring Critical Thinking Techniques in CLIL
Marwa Seif (Egypt)
In this presentation, the speaker will engage the audience in a choral discussion about what CLIL is and how it promotes critical thinking. Then, the presenter will dive into some techniques that educators can use to promote critical thinking among their students in a Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) environment. The first technique discussed will be Lotus Blossom, a brainstorming tool that helps students develop and organize their ideas. The second technique is mind maps, which are similar to the Lotus Blossom approach but often use visuals, such as illustrations or images, to depict the relationships between ideas. The third technique is SCAMPER, which stands for Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Modify, Put to Another Use, Eliminate, and Reverse. This technique involves encouraging students to think creatively by using these keywords to generate new ideas based on existing content. Finally, questioning is an essential technique in CLIL that involves asking students a series of open-ended questions to help them analyze and evaluate the content they’re learning.
By incorporating techniques such as Lotus Blossom, mind maps, SCAMPER, and questioning, educators can foster critical thinking skills in their CLIL classrooms and create a more dynamic learning environment.
Marwa Ali Seif is a TESOL-certified C1 level English teacher and teacher educator in the British Council’s professional development programs for English teachers, including TEA and AATAGs. She is passionate about equipping her community with the latest trends in education. Marwa holds a Bachelor of Education degree and a pre-master’s diploma in English literature and has been teaching English to preparatory and secondary school students for 16 years.