Two sides of the same coin: Critical and Creative Thinking in the ELT classroom

Watch a recording of this webinar with John Hughes looking at critical and creative thinking in the English Language classroom.

About the webinar

Critical thinking and creative thinking are often presented as opposites because one involves convergent thinking and the other requires divergent thinking. However, I’d argue that they are two sides of same coin: one inspires the other. In this webinar, I’ll explore their relationship in the ELT classroom and illustrate how we can apply them with practical activities you can use in your teaching tomorrow. The session will also include ideas taken from the book ‘Critical thinking in ELT’ (National Geographic Learning) which was a finalist in the 2020 British Council ELTons awards. This webinar was recorded on 28 January 2021.

About the speaker

John Hughes is an award-winning ELT author and teacher trainer. With over 40 book titles, his best-known course series is National Geographic Learning’s Life and he is also a co-author on the new third edition of World English.  As a teacher trainer, he has run courses, workshops and given conference presentations in over 40 countries. His main specialism is materials development and bridging the gap between theory and practice. He still teaches and pilots his own materials with students in Oxford.

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Submitted by Katherina Garcia on Tue, 01/26/2021 - 06:11


I am sorry, how can I register to the webinar? I couldn't find a link to register me.

Thanks in advance

Hi Katherina

The link is above (where it says "Register for the webinar" in blue, just below the date and time information.) It will take you to another page where you will have to fill in your details to register.

Hope that helps - let us know if you have problems,


TE Team

Submitted by bella-la-la on Sun, 03/21/2021 - 08:49


I enjoyed the recorded webinar and it was so useful. Thank you for your help. I am planning the lesson Jobs of the from 2020 to 2050 developing critical and creative thinking of my students. And they will creat future jobs and will decide what skills they will need to have to apply for these jobs. I want them to role play a job  interview by using the given structure. I cant explain how much you surport me as a ELT teacher. Love you so much and im looking forward to the next webinar. 

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Mon, 03/22/2021 - 09:48

In reply to by bella-la-la


Thank for your positive feedback! It's great that you find our resources useful for your teaching and are enjoying the webinars.

All the best,


TE Team

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