English Department Holds Critical Thinking Workshop
April 13, 2011

Language teachers of the English Department, College of Communications and Humanities were trained on the “Concepts and Theories on Critical Thinking and their Implications to Syllabus Design: A Focus on English and Literature Subjects”.

The seminar was held on April 11-12 at the College of Law Moot Court. Dr. Arnel Madrazo, head CCH-English Department, initiated the training with the support of CCH dean Dr. Estrella P. Olaer, Vice-President for Academic Affairs Dr. Felicitas F. Falcatan and WSMU President Dr. Grace J. Rebollos.

Resource persons were Dr. Eduardo A. Bolanos from St. Scholastica College in Manila; Dr. Aireen Barrios-Arnuco, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Ateneo de Zamboanga University and Dr. Madrazo himself.

Dr. Bolanos spoke Concepts and Theories on Critical Reading Skills. He stressed that critical thinking goes beyond basic comprehension to gain insight as you read. He also tackled the topic on the Conceptual Framework and Report Findings of a DLSU Dissertation on Reading and Writing Skills of College Students.

Dr. Madrazo, on the other hand, spoke on lesson planning. He came up with models to aid teachers come up with their own which would help promote critical thinking among students. Workshop outputs of this session were a revised syllabus each for English 101, Literature 101 (Philippine Literature, and Literature 102 (World Literature).

Dr. Arnuco, in her session, led participants in answering the question, “What do linguistic features of literary text reveal about literary meaning?” She made use of poems and a short story to do this.

With the success of the seminar, Dr. Madrazo revealed his plan of conducting a similar training in October, this year, at the regional level. ((Ms Evelyn C. LuceƱo, PAO-WMSU, from a news report by Mr. Vic Larato)