Developing Critical Thinking and Analytical Skills for Government Service

Presented at: LEARN Workshop

The English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS) program, sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), enables native speakers of critical languages to develop the ILR Level 3 English language skills required by analytical positions in the federal government. Achievement of such proficiency depends on the development of the higher order skills that support abstract thinking, hypothesizing, and supported opinion. However, the application of such skills is often influenced by cultural factors. This presentation will describe two components of the EHLS instructional program – the News Analysis course and the Open Source Analytical Research capstone project – that enable participants to recognize the cultural influences on their thinking and address them appropriately.