The education reform of integrating ideological and political theories in all courses is crucial in fostering virtue through education. In the new era, foreign language courses are increasingly prominent in moral education. Learning a language is not just about mastering its language form but also about critically examining the cultural connotations and thinking patterns embedded within it. Therefore, cultivating students’ critical thinking skills should be a key focus in foreign language education. First, this paper examines the importance of fostering students’ critical thinking in foreign language courses. Second, considering the characteristics of Chinese college foreign language courses, we propose that if we want to cultivate critical thinking among students through foreign language courses, we need to effect pattern transformations across four aspects: teaching philosophy, teaching content, teaching methodology, and teaching evaluation. These transformations also present requirements for foreign language teachers. They should focus on enhancing their comprehensive literacy, including ideological and political literacy, teaching design skills, and the ability to integrate teaching materials with logical thinking. And China’s Standards of English Language Ability (the CSE) serves as an important reference indicator for implementing these transformations.





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