The Effect of EFL Learners’ Critical Thinking on their Skill of Interpreting Information as Reflected in their Writing

  • Dr. Muhammad Din Assistant Professor, Department of English, Government Postgraduate College Burewala
  • Dr. Riaz Hussain Assistant Professor, Department of English Linguistics, Islamia University of Bahahwalpur
  • Sana Tahir Lecturer, Center for English Language, Iqra University Karachi
Keywords: Critical Thinking, Interpreting Information, Critical Writing, University Students, Tentative Language, Analysing Data


A good thinker distinguishes his interpretations from evidence, considers alternative interpretations, and reconsiders them under following the changed conditions and new evidence. Critical thinking enables and helps students to evaluate, judge, and make choices regarding everyday information so that they may obtain, believe and use the information to take action accordingly. This quantitative study aims to know EFL learners’ attitude towards critical thinking skills of interpreting information and the effect of EFL learners’ critical thinking on their skill of interpreting information with specific reference to their critical writing. The present study also aims to explore how m and universities any universities foreign language learners reflect critical thinking ability in writing skills while interpreting information. The researcher has used three research tools to this end. These research tools include critical thinking inventory (CTI), Watson-Glazer’s (2002) critical thinking test for interpreting information (CTII), and critical writing test (CWT). The subjects of the present study are the B.Sc. (Bachelor Level) students from different colleges. The results of this study demonstrate that university students have a very positive attitude towards critical thinking skills interpreting information but their performance in reflecting critical thinking in the critical writing test does not match with the attitude towards critical thinking skills of interpreting information.  This study also makes some academic implications for the development of EFL learners’ critical thinking particularly in the context of Pakistan.