Development of critical thinking in the process of improving productive communication skills

Keywords: critical thinking, productive skills, speaking, writing, techniques of critical thinking


The author addresses a crucial issue for higher educational institutions – the development of students’ critical thinking abilities. Every teacher in a higher educational setting, irrespective of their discipline, must both foster and cultivate students’ critical thinking skills within their classes. This is particularly vital for foreign language instructors. The article aims to substantiate the efficacy of implementing specific techniques aimed at enhancing students’ critical thinking within higher educational processes and to systematize these techniques for fostering critical thinking in foreign language classes, thereby enhancing productive skills such as speaking and writing.

Despite extensive scholarly exploration, the study of critical thinking, both in its general scope and various facets, remains an inexhaustible and vital field that will continue to evolve. Concerning the cultivation of critical thinking skills in the process of learning foreign languages, it is noteworthy that the breadth of research in this area remains vast. Within the communicative approach to foreign language learning, where lessons are designed to mirror real-life scenarios and involve constant comparison between one’s native language and the foreign language being learned, critical thinking must remain a constant presence.

While the techniques employed in receptive language skills (reading and listening) may be adequate, those used to develop critical thinking during sessions focused on refining productive language skills (speaking and writing) in higher education institutions require further enhancement. Consequently, a comprehensive analysis of this aspect of the broader issue demands ongoing attention. The article presents an exhaustive list of techniques applicable during sessions aimed at cultivating productive skills (speaking and writing), aligning them with specific critical thinking skills and the mental operations that accompany them.


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How to Cite
Revutska, S. (2023). Development of critical thinking in the process of improving productive communication skills. Teaching Languages at Higher Educational Establishments at the Present Stage. Intersubject Relations, (43), 102-114.