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This Friday we will start the first of a few lessons to improve your critical thinking.

Conversation and Critical Thinking Lessons

  • Week 1: Arguments
  • Week 2: Fallacies of Relevance
  • Week 3: Fallacies of Insufficient Evidence
  • Week 4: Analogies and Review
  • Week 5: Case Study
  • Week 6: Critical Thinking Test 

This Week’s Lessons

Today we begin a series of lessons that will help you think and speak more clearly, logically and precisely.

This is the beginning of our lesson on critical thinking.

  1. The first step in that learning is to understand arguments.
  2. The second step for today is to understand the difference between facts and inferences.

Inference and Facts

Here is a quick exercise to understand inferences. Look at this photo.

Read these statements and mark, true, false or can’t answer.

  1. This is graduation day for the Thomas family.
  2. The father is proud of his son.
  3. The sister looks up to her brother.
  4. This is a prosperous family.
  5. The son has just graduated from law school.

Week 5 – A New Reading Week

It’s a new week and time to get back to reading. Well I hope that’s not the case. One objective of Extensive Reading is to develop a reading culture which continues after the training session.

Developing a Reading Culture

This is a worksheet I scooped from a colleague’s website, ERRockstar. The purpose of the worksheet is to build awareness of reading as a part of culture.

Book Report

This week, the trainees will start to make short book reports.  The purpose of the report is less about making a concise summary and more about reporting how the

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A Quick Lesson About English Words

Here is a quick lesson about words in the English language.

The New General Service List (2013)

This is a list of about 2800 words. All ESL students need to learn these words. These are the most important words in the English language when you measure how often they are used in daily life. These words represent about 90% of all words that ESL students will find in books.

Get the General Service List from that link.

Sight Words

These are the words children will find in books as they

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Extensive Reading: How People Read

Here is a short lesson on how people read. From this information, I hope the trainees will develop an understanding about the habits of slow readers and the qualities of fast readers, and how ER helps ESL students improve reading.


When people read a line of text, the eyes rarely move straight across in a straight line. Usually, the eyes move in three different ways.


When reading a line of text, your eyes move in a series of quick jumps. This jumpy movement is

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