Critical Thinking Skills and Problem Solving


What is the course about?

This course looks at the challenges of working with 21st Century learners and the living in a VUCA world (with Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity), and the need to promote Critical Thinking and Problem Solving skills (Novel and Adaptive Approaches) with learners, as well as developing their own skills.

Frequently Asked Questions

This course is for his course is aimed at teachers of English and subject teachers using English in class, who wish to combine the chance to further develop their own English language skills with the opportunity to explore alternatives to traditional, transmission-based approaches and look at ways of promoting Critical Thinking and Problem Solving skills (Novel and Adaptive Approaches) with their students, and in their own approach to teaching.

After registration, participants on this course programme will receive:

  1. a pre-course questionnaire which will enable trainers to learn about the participants’ backgrounds
  2. information about the Europass Mobility Certificate
  3. a recommended reading list to prepare participants for various aspects of the course
  4. information about York to prepare teachers for their cultural experience.

At the end of the course, you will:

  • be able to indentify practices to promote creative thinking and innovation
  • have a knowledge of the link between creativity and innovation
  • be able to understand, explain, and identify practices that create an innovative working environment
  • have developed an understanding of the techniques involved in the creativity process
  • be able to develop their own creativity techniques and apply them in the teaching environment
  • be better able to develop ways of generating new ideas to solve problems
  • have the ability to apply these techniques in real-world situations for optimum effectiveness

The course ends with an evaluation session, where teachers are asked to reflect upon the value of the knowledge gained on the course, create a Personal Development Action Plan, and select activities which they would like to try out in their own classes or projects. They are invited to join the York Associates Community, which allows networking and contact with the trainers and fellow colleagues, and with participants from other courses.
If you are from a country outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you will need a visa. Students from certain countries do not need to apply for a visa before arriving in the UK. You can check if you need to apply for a visa on the UK Visas and Immigration website.
We can recommend a few accommodation options. Find out about them on our accommodation page.

In the unlikely event of a course not recruiting sufficient numbers you would be offered an alternative.

Do you have any more questions?


Fast Facts

Start date(s)
  • October 4th 2021
Max. group size
Min. age
Minimum CEF level
Starting from B1
Course materials
Is Erasmus+ funding available?
In York Course Formats
21 hours
Booking fee


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Sample Course Programme

 Session OneSession TwoSession Three
Introduction to the course: objectives and methodology
What are Future Work Skills and which teaching skills are necessary to support your learners as global citizens
TUESDAYTraditional, transmission-oriented teaching vs a guided discovery approachCreative thinking vs critical thinking

Applying Design Thinking to teaching methodology
Defining and developing critical thinking approaches with our learners
WEDNESDAYUsing a problem solving approach in teachingCreative Core thinkingExploring practices to promote creative thinking and innovation
THURSDAYExploiting technology and supporting students’ critical appraisal of sources of informationThe Kano approach to Delivering InnovationTypes of innovation – incremental v radical
FRIDAYThe Starbursting approach to problem solvingBrainstorming techniques and De Dono’s 6 Hat Thinking approach to problem-solving

Personal Action Plan further professional development
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