Greetings and Welcome

Sunday, 31. March 2013 10:42 | Author:

Greetings and welcome to Critically Minded. Critically Minded Podcast is a thirteen-episode podcast series for teaching basic critical thinking skills. This blog is not only an access point for the podcast; it’s also an entire semester long course design. Interested teachers may access the free resources in the Pages column to the right (Teacher Resources). To learn more about the the four-step course design, read on.
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Episode 5: Major and Minor Premises 2

Sunday, 19. October 2014 6:00 | Author:

 In the fifth episode of Critically Minded, Nick and Dave continue their discussion of major and minor premises.

 SCRIPT:
[0:10] Dave: You are listening to Critically Minded.
Nick: Critical Thinking For 2nd Language Learners. We’re your hosts, Nick . . .
Dave: And Dave. In our last episode, we were looking at major and minor premises. Now we should discuss the words used to indicate major premises and minor premises.
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Episode 4: Major and Minor Premises 1

Sunday, 12. October 2014 6:00 | Author:

In their fourth episode, Nick and Dave focus on major and minor premises. They explain the difference between major and minor premises and how readers and listeners can learn to distinguish one from the other. They explain why knowing the difference is important to evaluating the strength of an argument.

 SCRIPT:

[0:10 ] Nick: You’re back with the Critically Minded: Critical Thinking For 2nd Language Learners and we’re your hosts, Nick . . .
Dave: And Dave. In our previous episode, we learned about premise indicators and conclusion indicators. We’re now ready to discuss different kinds of premises. In the next few episodes we’ll look at different kinds of premises. Those are major and minor premises, and hypothetical premises.
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Episode 3: Organizing an Argument 2

Sunday, 5. October 2014 6:00 | Author:

In this third episode, Nick and Dave continue their discussion of the basic structure of an argument. They discuss how to distinguish between reasons (premises) and conclusions. They talk about premise indicators (like “because”) and conclusion indicators (like “so,” “therefore,” and “thus”). They also talk about conclusion-first and conclusion-last arguments.

SCRIPT:
[0:10] Nick:  Welcome back to Critically Minded: Critical Thinking For 2nd Language Learners. I’m Nick.
Dave: And I’m Dave.
Nick:  As you may remember, last time we were discussing how arguments are organized. We noted that informally speaking an argument has reasons and a conclusion. And we said that when we speak formally, that is when we make an argument, we use the word premise for reason.
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Episode 2: Organizing an Argument 1

Sunday, 28. September 2014 6:00 | Author:

In this episode, Nick and Dave introduce the concept of an argument as a logical progression from premises to a conclusion. They discuss classical syllogisms and suggest challenging one’s own conclusion with alternate arguments.

SCRIPT:
[0:09] Nick: Welcome once again to Critically Minded: Critical Thinking For 2nd Language Learners.  I’m Nick.
Dave: And I’m Dave. In our previous episode we discussed some of the goals of this podcast. We explained that we are not teaching English conversation here; that we are teaching critical thinking. And we explained that in the context of language learning, that means argument analysis and argument evaluation. That is the close examination of the organization of reasons and conclusions, followed by making some judgement of the quality of the argument.
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Episode 1: Introductions

Sunday, 21. September 2014 22:25 | Author:

In this first episode Nick and Dave introduce themselves and explain why they are producing this podcast series. They tell how they think their listeners can benefit from the podcast. They speak briefly about what critical thinking is and why it’s a skill set worth acquiring.

 SCRIPT:

[0:09] Dave: Greetings everyone. You’re listening to Critically Minded: Critical Thinking For 2nd Language Learners.  I’m Dave –.
Nick: And I’m Nick. Thank you for downloading our first podcast.
Dave: This is the first in a series of several episodes we’re planning to present on critical thinking for English language learners.
Nick:  First off, I suppose we had better introduce ourselves. I was born in the U.K. and I came to Japan in 1985.
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