The Development of Critical Thinking Skills Through Self-Evaluation in a Tertiary Esp Course

Violeta Janulevičienė, Galina Kavaliauskienė

Abstract


In academic settings the skills of critical thinking, closely linked with selfand peer-observation and self-evaluation, are of paramount importance in every subject. A university ESP (English for Specific Purposes) course requires application of these transferable skills, too. The study presents some findings of research which reveals how students at Mykolas Romeris university (MRU) evaluate their general language abilities, self-assess performance in various ESP class activities and how reflections on one’s performance lead to the development of critical thinking skills in ESP classes. The validity of the research findings is backed by a statistical processing of self-evaluation data by means of a SPSS (Software Package for Social Sciences) versus actual performance in formal tests. Authentic student reflections presented in the weblogs samples are believed to add further highly valuable insights into tendencies for strategies for learning ESP and ways to develop critical thinking skills.

Keywords


English for Specific Purposes; critical thinking skills; self-evaluation; formal testing

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"Societal studies" ISSN online 2029-2244 / ISSN print 2029-2236