10 | Critical and Creative Thinking

Today you will learn 5 new English words related to "Critical and Creative Thinking"

TODAY’S TOPIC: “Critical and Creative Thinking”

Taking the time to learn about “critical and creative thinking” is important for you as an ESL learner because it helps you become able to think more carefully and come up with new ideas. Critical thinking helps understand and solve problems in language learning, while creative thinking lets you, as a learner, express yourself in unique ways. Today’s vocabulary words will help you better understand and engage in deeper conversations about both “critical and creative thinking”. Let’s jump right in!


1 | Cognizant

  • Part of speech: Adjective

  • Definition: Aware, having knowledge or understanding.

  • Example Sentences:

    1. Being cognizant of cultural differences is essential for effective communication.

    2. In critical thinking, students need to be cognizant of the biases in information sources.

    3. The teacher emphasized the importance of being cognizant of the impact of words in writing.

2 | Conceive

  • Part of speech: Verb

  • Definition: To form or develop an idea; to imagine or create.

  • Example Sentences:

    1. The artist conceived a brilliant concept for the mural in a burst of creative thinking.

    2. In critical thinking, students are encouraged to conceive alternative solutions to problems.

    3. The author took years to conceive the intricate plot of the novel.

3 | Discern

  • Part of speech: Verb

  • Definition: To perceive or recognize; to distinguish between different things.

  • Example Sentences:

    1. Developing critical thinking skills helps individuals discern credible information.

    2. The detective's ability to discern subtle clues led to solving the complex case.

    3. Creative thinkers often discern patterns and connections others may overlook.

4 | Formulate

  • Part of speech: Verb

  • Definition: To create or devise methodically; to express in a clear and systematic manner.

  • Example Sentences:

    1. Scientists formulate hypotheses based on critical analysis and creative insight.

    2. In creative thinking, writers formulate engaging narratives that captivate readers.

    3. The student worked hard to formulate a well-structured argument for the debate.

5 | Integrate

  • Part of speech: Verb

  • Definition: To combine or coordinate different elements into a unified whole.

  • Example Sentences:

    1. Creative thinking involves the ability to integrate diverse ideas into a cohesive project.

    2. In critical thinking, learners integrate information from various sources for a comprehensive understanding.

    3. The team worked collaboratively to integrate innovative features into the software.


Thinking critically and creatively is like having two superpowers for your brain. It's about being aware (cognizant) of how important it is to come up with new ideas (conceive) and understand what makes them good or not (discern). When you're creative, you let your mind run wild, thinking up all sorts of cool things. But then, critical thinking steps in to check if those ideas really make sense and how to put them into action (formulate). It's like putting together a puzzle, where you need both the colorful and unique pieces of creativity and the logical pieces of critical thinking to see the whole picture. So, the magic happens when you bring together (integrate) your wild and imaginative ideas and your careful, thoughtful analysis to solve problems and make things happen.

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