Unlocking the Potential: Creative Thinking Skills and Lexical Proficiency
As English Language Learners ready themselves for participation in the globalized world of the 21st Century, a focus on inquiry, creative thinking, and problem solving is fast coming to the forefront of English language teaching. In order to employ critical thinking skills such as these, students require increasingly sophisticated levels of lexical proficiency. Exploration of the lexical demands of novice academic writing at the post-secondary level reveals vocabulary benchmarks and directions for language instruction that foster critical thinking skills and successful writing. In examining these aspects of vocabulary teaching and learning, seminar participants are encouraged to reflect critically on the presented ideas and plan strategies for unlocking the cognitive and academic English language potential of their students.