Exploring the Perceptions of English Teachers and Students for Developing Critical Thinking Skills at the University Level in Pakistan
Keywords:Critical Thinking Skills, English Language, Students, Teachers, University
In this research work, the viewpoints of both teachers and students are investigated in relation to the development of critical thinking skills. The development of abilities in critical thinking is of the utmost importance in the context of language acquisition. Not only does it make the acquisition of linguistic competence easier, but it also nurtures cognitive aptitude and the ability to find solutions to problems. This makes the development of critical thinking skills one of the most important aspects of language learning. The purpose of this research is to acquire a better understanding of the current state of critical thinking skills within the field of English language instruction through the collection of relevant data. In addition, it aims to uncover the challenges that students have when attempting to acquire these skills, as well as the strategies that teachers employ in order to cultivate them in their students. In order to acquire an exhaustive understanding of the topic at hand, the research makes use of a qualitative method, which includes semi-structured interviews from 10 teachers and 7 students at university level. According to the findings, there is a consensus among educators regarding the significance of encouraging students to engage in critical thinking within the context of the study of the English language. This research study works as a helpful resource for instructors and stakeholders in the field of English language education, offering significant insights and recommendations for the enhancement of critical thinking abilities among students.
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