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Alexander Sokol comes from Riga, Latvia, where he used to work as a secondary school EFL teacher for 13.5 years. He is now the academic director of TA Group – an educational company dealing with teaching, teacher education, research and consulting in the field of teaching thinking (www.ta-group.eu). Alexander is the principal developer of The Thinking Approach to language teaching and learning. He has got a PhD in thinking skills in language education from the University of Strasbourg. Thinking is definitely a buzz word today. Most EFL teachers agree that it is important to develop learners’ thinking skills. Moreover, many of us tend to believe that we actually develop learners’ thinking in EFL classrooms, as learning a language is always about improving one’s thinking. However, under a close examination this ‘marriage’ often appears fake. A large number of EFL teachers hardly ever make any contribution to the development of their learners’ thinking. Some even believe that it is harmful to teach thinking in the language classroom.In this talk he will speak about the place of thinking in the EFL classroom and pose a few questions a modern EFL teacher should be able to answer.