Communicating Critical Thinking through Bilingual Reflective Writing

Indah, Rohmani Nur (2012) Communicating Critical Thinking through Bilingual Reflective Writing. In: Englishes for Communication and Interaction in the Classroom and Beyond. UM Press, Malang, pp. 113-126. ISBN 979495997-9

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Abstract

This study is a case study at English Department of UIN Maulana Malik Ibrahim Malang. It seeks the relation between critical thinking as shown in the written evidence of students’ writing and the use of English language to communicate their critical thinking through bilingual reflective writing. Theoretically, writing is an effective way of engaging students in critical thinking. Viewing writing as a learning process, the development of writing skill is affected by many aspects involved in generating the dynamic of critical thinking and both reading and writing critically. Apart from the strong emphasis on writing as an integrated critical thinking process, the use of English language also needs to be considered. It may influence whether the students can communicate their critical thinking well or not. The finding of this study shows that in some critical thinking skills, the use of English as foreign language may hinder the communicativeness of critical thinking. Through translating from English to Bahasa Indonesia, the improvement in the communicativeness quality can be seen in stating knowledge, making inference and giving evidence. Yet, it can be inferred from the data that to some extent the critical thinking can be communicated bilingually. It supports the fact that writing and critical thinking have obviously strong link across different languages and various contexts as it is generalizable. Accordingly, the use of reflective writing can incorporate the teaching and learning of critical thinking skills in EFL writing class. As reflective writing enables students to communicate critical thinking, it is recommended for teachers to develop both writing skills and critical thinking skills through other various activities in writing class.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2003 Language Studies > 200302 English Language
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Department of English Language and Letters
Depositing User: Dr. Rohmani Nur Indah
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2016 09:28

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