Thinking it through
Developing thinking in
the languages classroom
Why develop thinking skills?
“Je suis l’écriture
autour de ma une visite
en France”
 “Sir, what’s the French
for ‘is’?”
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“Je wrinkle mon vélo”
What are thinking skills?
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Skills that emphasise the
process of learning
‘learning to learn skills’
Metacognition – thinking about
thinking
Why use thinking skills strategies?
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To teach pupils to think for
themselves
To focus on skills rather than
content
To help pupils to deconstruct
language and understand that
languages have underlying patterns
and rules
Why use thinking skills strategies?
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To encourage pupils to articulate
their understanding
To give pupils the opportunity to
learn from each other
To enable them to work
collaboratively
Why use thinking skills strategies?
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To promote active involvement
To foster links with other
subjects by using similar
techniques
What do they do for us as
teachers?
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Show us gaps in pupils’
understanding
By ‘taking the lid off’ how pupils
are thinking, they enable us to
tailor our teaching strategies to
take their learning forward
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