Critical Thinking and Academic Writing Skills

Process: The procedures to develop critical thinking and academic writing skills


Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally, and understanding the logical connection between ideas.

To actualise these, you need to:
think for few seconds before answering thought provoking questions
2.    visualise and stay focus on a certain situation
provide opportunities for experiential sharing
follow the dimensional questions to check comprehension.
encourage socialised recitation
start the day with a 5 to 10 minute sharing of news report or significant stories/events to class
give reactions to the topics discussed
present a challenging preposition suitable for a mini-debate
offer rightful solutions to certain problems
use positive reinforcement in giving comments or evaluating your classmates' performance/ output.

For academic writing task 1 and task 2 you need to go through the following processes and links in order to fully understand IELTS academic writing and critical thinking, and also to help you determine what is needed in order to promote these skills in the classroom.

Test format

60 minutes

The Writing component of IELTS Academic includes two tasks. Topics are of general interest to, and suitable for test takers entering undergraduate and postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration.

Task 1

You will be presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and asked to describe, summarise or explain the information in your own words. You may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process,how something works or describe an object or event.

Task 2

You will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view,argument or problem. Responses to both tasks must be in a formal style.

Now go through the following processes in order to write your IELTS academic writing

Write your opening paragraph, mention the information that will be expanding on in the following paragraphs.
Write the other paragraphs using the main points. Include details to support your point.

Write the conlcusion paragraph restating the main points. Be sure to end with a power statement or final thought for the reader to consider.


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