Critical Thinking and Language

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In order to understand critical thinking and language completely, one must first understand there meanings. Each component of critical thinking is essential in making a good argument and a valid conclusion. As every individual grows, he or she learns the basics of language, meaning, and communication; these become the first steps to communicate. One would not be able to make sense of an argument without these components (Cline, n.d.). This paper will discuss the meanings and what parts they play in critical thinking and language, the definitions are provides to help better understand their meaning.

Definition of Critical Thinking

"The mental process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating information to reach an answer or conclusion (Critical thinking. n.d.).

Definition of Language

"Communication by voice in the distinctively human manner, using arbitrary sounds in conventional ways with conventional meanings; speech" (Language. n.d.).

Definition of Diversity

The fact or quality of being diverse; difference.

(Diversity, n.d.).

Definition of Communication

The exchange of thoughts, messages, or information, as by speech, signals, writing, or behavior (Communication, n.d.).

The Role of Language and Language Diversity

In the role of language and language diversity, the purpose is a method in which an individual communicates to get his or her opinion and ideas across to the other individual. From region to region languages are developed, the diversity of languages are therefore formed. The United States has approximately 250 different languages spoken. That being the case, in today's workforce there may be more of a chance to work with someone who may not be as fluent in the English language as another (Thiederman, 2006). In order to communicate effectively one needs to use critical thinking to break the barriers of language diversity.

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