How to encourage critical thinking through storytelling children children's literature critical thinking elt extensive reading language teaching reading stories storytelling Oct 22, 2021

By Dr Jeremy Koay

Critical thinking is widely agreed on as an important component in language classrooms. But what is critical thinking? Yang and Gamble (2013, p. 398) state that critical thinking involves at least four skills:

  • metacognition (awareness of one’s own thought processes)
  • ...
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What is extensive reading? elt extensive reading Oct 22, 2021

By Dr Jeremy Koay

A limited view

Trying to improve my English as a secondary school student in Malaysia, I tried to read as many English books as I could. I went to the school library and borrowed books that interested me. Because I hadn’t developed a reading habit in my teens, this...

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What is Children's Literature? children's literature diversity elt extensive reading intense reading Sep 22, 2021

By Dr Jeremy Koay

A limited view

Children’s literature is usually associated with colourful pictures, fairy tales and nursery rhymes. In some families, bedtime stories are a ritual. Some teachers believe that reading stories written for children is useful for second language (L2) extensive...

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