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Critical thinking skill, defined as one type of thought, is the effort of an individual in making sense of the world by questioning thinking process of himself as well as others in order to develop his / her understanding. Within the 21st century, teaching theories and approaches based on critical thinking have gained prominence in second language learning and teaching. Hence, determining the level of critical thinking, particularly at higher education institutions, might be instructive to increase learners’ willingness and to develop their critical thinking in an ESL/EFL context. The purpose of this study is to determine the level of critical thinking dispositions of preparatory students who are learning English at Dokuz Eylul University as well as to find out whether their critical thinking level differs significantly in terms of several factors. This is a descriptive study. The data will be collected from 150 learners who are enrolled in prep classes at Dokuz Eylul University in Izmir during 2017-2018 academic year via the “Critical Thinking Disposition Instrument” developed and pilot tested in 2003 by Florida University researchers to measure critical thinking disposition. The five-point Likert Scale composed of 26 items was adapted into Turkish by Kılıç and Şen (2014). The data will be analyzed with the SPSS 21 packet program. The findings will be discussed in terms of the related literature and suggestions will be made accordingly.
Critical thinking disposition, critical thinking skills, language learning, preparatory class students.