Greetings and Welcome

Friday, 27. March 2015 12:01 | 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 Seven-Step course design, read on.
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Episode 3: Organizing an Argument 2

Thursday, 23. April 2015 0:00 | 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:
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

Thursday, 16. April 2015 12:00 | 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:
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

Wednesday, 1. April 2015 16:30 | 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:

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.

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