The present study aimed at investigating the relationship between EFL learners’ critical thinking and their indirect request strategy use. To this end, one hundred learners learning English as a foreign language at private language institutes in Sanandaj, Iran, were selected as the participants of the study. The participants took the California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST) form B developed by Facione and Facione (1993) and the English Discourse Completion Test (EDCT) adopted from Rose (1994). Pearson product-moment correlation and linear regression analyses were carried out to analyse the data. The results of the Pearson product-moment correlation analysis indicated that critical thinking significantly correlated with the indirect request strategy use of EFL learners. The results of linear regression analysis revealed that critical thinking was a strong predictor of the indirect request strategy use of EFL learners. The findings imply that EFL learners who are competent in critical thinking would frequently use indirect request strategies.
Keywords: critical thinking; indirect request strategy use; EFL learners