Critical Thinking: University Foundation Study Course Book: Module 6: Critical Thinking (Transferable Academic Skills Kit (TASK))

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9781859649206: Critical Thinking: University Foundation Study Course Book: Module 6: Critical Thinking (Transferable Academic Skills Kit (TASK))
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Transferable Academic Skills Kit TASK is a flexible learning resource that has been carefully designed to develop the key transferable skills that promote students' success in university and college study. Whether you are a student or a teacher, the TASK series provides a tried and tested teaching and learning tool suitable for a broad range of academic disciplines. A series of supported exercises relates theory to practice and provides students with the tools to develop a framework of skills that can then be used in a wide range of contexts both inside and outside the academic world. TASK can be followed as a complete course or individual modules can be selected to address specific needs. Created by members of the academic staff of the International Foundation Programme at the University of Reading, TASK forms a part of the university's skills provision for home and international students at all levels. Key Features - Familiarizes students with the basics of evaluation - Teaches students how to construct a sound argument - Teaches students how to recognize poor reasoning - Explores the manipulation of argumentation - Considers important questions about selection and presentation of materials - Practises the skills learnt in the module so far by preparing for and taking part in a seminar Also available as a boxed set of all twelve modules. Contents: Unit 1: What is critical thinking? Unit 2: Recognizing strong or sound arguments Unit 3: Recognizing poor arguments Unit 4: Persuasion through language or pressure Unit 5: Detecting bias Unit 6: Putting it into practice

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This series comprises 12 slim booklets which can be used in any combination. Potentially, a school could use them as part of their programme to give senior students tools for their next academic step. However, they are designed to be used in a university preparatory year. Whatever the context, they would equip students with skills which are necessary to actualise their academic potential and are transferable to work contexts. Garnet lists the book as 'English for Academic and Specific Purposes', suggesting that they are accessible to both first and second English language speakers. TASK (Transferable Academic Skills Kit), created by members of the International Foundation Programme at the University of Reading, is intended to address the varied needs of British and international students studying a range of academic disciplines. For more details, see http://www.garneteducation.com. Looking at Scientific Writing was interesting, as my personal knowledge is slight. Working through this book, my confidence in approaching the task was high. With Presentations there is the assumption that the student will have seen lots of different presentations and have some tools with which to judge their quality. The remainder of the booklet makes valuable points. It would be nice to see some advice against the overwhelming use of PowerPoint presentations. Introduction to IT Skills gives a useful introduction to Microsoft Word and the Excel spreadsheet package. It covers some basic tasks which are likely to be helpful and, at the very least, establishes a satisfactory baseline of skills. In Module 4, Team-Working, a number of specific tasks clarify team work in various contexts. The exercises examine the strengths and needs of the learner - a useful module as a stand-alone. One of the benefits is that the series can be followed as a complete course or individual modules can be selected to address specific needs. In each module there are extension exercises as well as a glossary of terms. Each module is packed with ideas, exercises and content that will assist students. These booklets have great potential and would be best used to support a taught course, facilitated by someone with reasonable knowledge and able to offer some guidance, support and encouragement. --Richard Messenger, Advisory Teacher, Qatar Education Reform Project for iatefl Voices, Issue 201, Ma

Very useful in helping to promote learner autonomy, critical reflection and intercultural competence --Cynthia Sikorski, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

It's fantastic --Barbara Betinelli, Milan State University, Italy

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Clare Nukui is Programme Director of the International Foundation Programme (IFP) at the University of Reading. She teaches EAP and Academic skills and is also responsible for the pastoral welfare of the students on the IFP. Clare is the author of four books in the Garnet Education TASK (Transferable Academic Skills Kit) series. She has also written materials for BBC English and book reviews for its corresponding magazine. She is a member of the editorial committee of InForm, a new journal for IFP professionals. She has delivered workshops and seminar papers on working with Japanese students and academic skills development at foundation level at IATEFL and has also lectured at the British Council, Tokyo on the History of English as a Global Language. Before joining the University of Reading, Clare taught in Nigeria, Hong Kong and Canada. She was also an EFL teacher at the Swan School, Oxford and a lecturer at an International College in Reading. Clare s research interests include the teaching of Critical Thinking, Plagiarism and Intercultural Communication. She has MAs in Applied Linguistics and Social Anthropology which have helped bring together her diverse interests. Jane Brooks wrote the TASK (Transferable Academic Skills Kit) Teacher s Book and has contributed to a number of other modules in the series. She has been working in ELT since 1983. After teaching ESOL for a brief time, she moved into English for Academic Purposes, and has taught this in the UK and Caribbean for the last 23 years. She has also taught linguistics and francophone literature. At present, she is based at the University of Sussex, where she works mostly on pre-sessional courses. She is also researching plagiarism amongst international university students in UK universities.

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