Enhancing Critical Thinking Skills through Political Cartoons: A Pedagogical Implementation

  • Maria Teresa Esteban Nuñez Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia
  • Adriana Marquez Medina Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia
  • Jhon Everth Ortiz Cubides Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia
Keywords: Political Cartoons, Critical Thinking Skills, Task-Based Approach


This article reports a pedagogical implementation carried out with pre-intermediate English students, in an English teacher preparation program at a public university in Colombia. This pedagogical implementation aimed to provide this population with a space to enhance their critical thinking skills through the implementation of a variety of task-based workshops where they were asked to observe, analyze, reflect and discuss about some political cartoons. The data to answer the research question was collected using class video-recordings, students’ artifacts and a focus group. As a result of the pedagogical implementation, it was possible to identify how these students became aware of some social and political issues affecting them and their close context, and the importance of stating a position in front of them. Furthermore, students suggested that the workshops developed had shown them a possible pedagogical path they could follow in their future as language teachers.


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Author Biographies

Maria Teresa Esteban Nuñez, Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia

holds a BA in Modern Languages and an MA in Language Teaching from Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia. She is a full time teacher-researcher in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs at the same University. She is a member of the research group Knowledge in Action (KIA).

Adriana Marquez Medina, Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia

holds a BA in Foreign Languages from Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia. She is a member of the research group Knowledge in Action   (KIA)  in the same University. She has worked also as project developer in rural and urban contexts.  Currently, she is an English teacher in a private institution.

Jhon Everth Ortiz Cubides, Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia

holds a BA in Foreign Languages from Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia. He is a member of the research group Knowledge in Action (KIA)  in the same University. He currently works as a teacher assisstant at Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion School in Minneapolis, MN in the USA.


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How to Cite
Esteban Nuñez, M., Marquez Medina, A., & Ortiz Cubides, J. (2018). Enhancing Critical Thinking Skills through Political Cartoons: A Pedagogical Implementation. GiST Education and Learning Research Journal, (16), 141-163. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.26817/16925777.429