critical thinking


(Posting on NE—NASBAT English also being the Center for Critical Thinking; by one NEB) Critical thinking is one important skill that must be trained. It is an ability that cannot be acquired naturally; it should be nurtured in education. And as (critical) thinking is realized in language—and, therefore, they both […]

Center for Critical Thinking


(Posting tentang pelatihan kemampuan berpikir kritis; oleh seorang NEB) Bahasa Inggris sekarang bukan lagi keahlian saklek (skill) tapi sudah merupakan alat (tool). Karenanya ia tidak layak lagi digunakan hanya untuk bersosialisasi dan berkomunikasi saja. Bahasa Inggris sekarang harus dapat digunakan untuk berargumentasi dan melawan, yaitu melawan orang-orang dan berbagai informasi […]

Pelatihan Kemampuan Berpikir Kritis


(Posting on tafseer of Qur’an combining all the previous separate postings; by one NEB) There is nothing wrong with Islam; there is everything right about Islam. What could be wrong is how some Muslims interpret Qur’anic verses of rules—that are fixed—with ijtihad or logic or critical thinking. So now we […]

On Tafseer of Qur’an (All the Previous Separate Postings Regarding ...



(Posting on attacking young liberal Muslims; by one NEB) There is nothing wrong with Islam; there is everything right about Islam. What could be wrong is how some Muslims interpret Qur’anic verses of rules—that are fixed—with ijtihad or logic or critical thinking. So now we have the following, for example, […]

Attacking Young Liberal Muslims


(Posting on promoting the 4 C’s in English teaching and learning; by one NEB) In a presentation delivered to teachers, I raised a topic on using slides, diagrams, tables, graphs, prompts, etc. of ideas to promote the 4 C’s (Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity) in English teaching and learning. […]

Promoting the 4 C’s in English Teaching and Learning


(Posting on the nature of watching television today; fragment of an article; by one NEB) Watching television today is different from that in the past. In the past there was only one station or channel. And this station was owned by the state, the consequence of which was that the […]

The Nature of Watching Television Today



(Posting on understanding television media representations; fragment of an article; by one NEB) According to Mursito B. M., reality in television is constructed in such a way that it is only chunks of the whole unified event in reality. Chandler asserts that this construction includes such aspects of reality as […]

Understanding How Television Represents Reality: Media Representations


(Posting tentang macam ekspresi bahasa; oleh seorang NEB) Dua jenis ekspresi bahasa yang penting dilatih kepada siswa terutama dalam program Bahasa Inggris akademis (Academic English) adalah bahasa tetap (fixed expressions) dan bahasa kreatif (creative language). Yang disebut pertama adalah jenis ekspresi bahasa yang tidak banyak berubah walau masih bisa dimodifikasi […]

Bahasa Tetap Vs Bahasa Kreatif


(Artikel populer; oleh seorang NEB) Penjudulan artikel seperti di atas disemangati oleh penjudulan buku dengan cara yang berani dan lantang oleh Alwasilah dengan istri tercintanya (2005) ‘Pokoknya Menulis.’ Beliau memang sosok dosen yang selalu mendorong mahasiswanya untuk percaya diri dalam menunjukkan apa yang mereka yakini sebagai benar. Saya adalah salah […]

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