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English language -- Study and teaching (Elementary) -- Russian speakers


This project is based on the fundamental idea that oral and written languages develop simultaneously and mutually support development of each other. Reading and writing are two language processes which are impossible to separate from each other, whether learning one's native language or a foreign language. However, in Russian English Foreign Language (EFL) programs this is not the case. The main focus for five and six year olds in these programs is oral communication, the ability to speak with your partner and comprehend what is being spoken. For young learners writing may facilitate language development. The language becomes not just an object of academic interest but a real means of interaction among the children and their teacher. Integration of oral and written language promotes the learning of real content and real reasons for using the language. For this purpose, the following project describes different ways of engaging children in language learning, both in their native language and in English as a second language. It introduces an EFL curriculum with new instructional practices for Russian children ages five and six that include writing. Within the framework of this study a pilot study on three emerging writing approaches (Modeled, Interactive, and Independent Writing) is described. Findings from the pilot study suggested positive results m implementing writing approaches. This is an initial step m identifying the ways of incorporating writing into the EFL curriculum.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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Rebecca Edmiaston


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