Critical Writing                                                                                Course Outline

When a statement is presented, do you accept it at face value, or do you seek to know more? Do you ask why it is so? Does your mind come up with possible arguments or a stream of questions that could shake up or enhance a discussion?

If you’re the type of person who insists on looking deeper into things—to verify facts, to research on other conclusions, or similar—you are likely a critical thinker. This isn’t an inborn talent; it’s a skill anyone can develop. And it’s an important, practical skill to hone because critical thinking leads to discussions that result in more thorough, well-thought through solutions.

One of the best ways to apply critical thinking skills is through critical writing. TalkShop’s Critical Writing course gets you to reflect, listen, note-take, and think creatively—more comprehensively. The course teaches you how to form effective arguments, the different formats in which critical writing applies, and how it helps improve your work competencies as a whole.

Who this is for:

Employees who want to hone their critical thinking and writing abilities

What you will learn: 

  1. How to develop writing skills through the process of reflecting, listening, note-taking, and creative or critical thinking
  1. How to enhance your adeptness at asking questions that will lead to thoroughly researched answers
  1. How to implement critical writing in reports, theses, dissertations, projects, essays, and other written requirements

Benefits: 

  1. Enhanced adeptness and accuracy in writing
  1. Confidence to argue, debate, or question statements, to deduce targeted results
  1. Enhanced thoroughness and meticulousness when performing tasks

Methodology:

TalkShop uses Integrated Language Teaching. This means 30% of the course is comprised of facilitator-based discussions while 70% is dedicated to an interactive learning experience through

  • Practical Writing Techniques
  • Guided Critical Thinking Activities
  • Individual Presentations
  • Application of Critical Writing Strategies

I. Introduction

A. Critical Writing and its Importance
B. Definition of Terms
C. The Elements of Critical Writing

    • Understanding
    • Analysis
    • Evaluation
    • Expression

II. Critical Analysis

A. The Definition of Critical Analysis
B. Hierarchy of Thinking Skills
C. Descriptive Writing vs. Critical Writing
D. Critical Appraisals
E. Interrogating an Article

III. Reading Critical Essays

A. Critical Essay Formats

    • The Front Page
    • The Middle Pages
    • The Back Page

B. Qualities of Critical Essays

    • Relevance and Importance
    • Knowledge and Understanding
    • Style vs. Meaning
    • Effectiveness through Detail and Evidence
    • Technical Accuracy

C. Critical Essay Test Formats

    • The First Paragraph
    • The Second Paragraph
    • The Summary

IV. Forming your Essay

A. The Right Questions
B. The Introduction
C. Summary Paragraph
D. The Main Body

    • Example Paragraphs
    • The Paragraph Structure
    • Topic Sentences

E. The ITQEE Structure

    • Inserting Quotes
    • Writing in the Present Tense
    • ITQEE Structure Examples

F. The Advice Paragraph

    • Writing Techniques
    • Applying the Techniques
    • Linking Words for Analysis

G. The Conclusion

    • Using Model Conclusions
    • Summing Up
    • Giving Your Personal Response

Course Duration:

20 hours

 

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