Date of Graduation

5-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MEd)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

Curriculum and Instruction

Advisor

Kristina Howlett

Committee Member

Christopher Kelley

Second Committee Member

Freddie Bowles

Keywords

Academic English Writing, Adult Education, Online Education, Russian EFL Students, Students’ Perceptions

Abstract

This case study analyzes Russian university EFL students’ perceptions of a two-week online academic writing course. The researcher investigated 13 students’ attitudes towards an online academic English writing class offered at Kursk State University, Kursk’s oldest higher education institution, founded in 1934. In 1994 it was transformed into Kursk State Pedagogical University, and in 2003 it became Kursk State University. Along with the two-week online course assignments, the students completed pre- and post-questionnaires, reflections about the course, and participated in individual and group interviews. The findings of the study indicate that all of the participants had positive perceptions about the suggested course, considered it beneficial for their future, and would like to continue learning about academic English writing and expand their experiences with online classes.

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