Investigating Teachers’ Oral Assessment of Students’ Analytical Thinking Skill in the Department of English at MMUTO: The Case of Master I Applied Linguistics and Social Semiotics.
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The current study is concerned with teachers’ assessment of students ‘analytical Thinking Skill. It aims at checking whether Master I Applied Linguistics and Social Semiotic students’ are assessed analytically through oral questions during the learning process. To achieve this objective, the study was conducted in the Department of English at Mouloud Mammeri University of Tizi-Ouzou using Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy (2001) and a Mixed Method Research. To this end, a semi- structured classroom observation was conducted and a questionnaire was distributed to only nine teachers of Master I Social Semiotics. SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Sciences) was also used for statistical data analysis. In addition, Critical Discourse Analysis was employed to interpret the results of the classroom observations. Despite the positive results of the teachers’ questionnaire, weaknesses have been noticed during our classroom observations regarding the assessment of analytical thinking orally. Accordingly, a set of recommendations have been provided, such as designing activities that require higher-order-thinking skills namely problem solving, debating, asking higher questions, using concept mapping and brainstorming, as well as encouraging pair and group work.
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