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A Focused Curriculum Improving the Written English from Russian Speaking Engineers

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2014 ASEE International Forum


Indianapolis, Indiana

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June 14, 2014

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June 14, 2014

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June 14, 2014

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Track 2 - Session 2

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Curriculum and Lab Development

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20.2.1 - 20.2.6



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Julia Ziyatdinova

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Phillip Albert Sanger Purdue University, West Lafayette


Artem Bezrukov Kazan National Research Technologcal University, Russia

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Artem Bezrukov graduated from Kazan State Technological University in 2007 and received his PhD in 2010 at the Department of Physical Chemistry at the same university. His major study area was chemical engineering. He also obtained a degree in professional translation and linguistics.
Artem was given the lecturer position at the Department of Physical Chemistry in 2010. He took the position of an associate professor in 2011. His area of responsibilities included practical workshops for the engineering students. He also teached a course of Computer Assisted Translation at the Department of Foreign Languages for Professional Communication.
Dr. Bezrukov was invited to join the International Affairs team of Kazan National Research Technological University in March 2011. He headed Protocol Office in 2012 and focused on incoming academic mobility such as international delegations and scholars as well as on the development of collaboration with the university partners in the USA.
Dr. Bezrukov has several awards, grants and scholarships including Fulbright RIEA Scholarship in 2012; Scholarship of the Russian Federation Government in 2009; Fellowship of the Republic of Tatarstan Government for Academic Research in 2008.
Dr. Bezrukov is the author or co-author of 40 research publications.

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A Focused Curriculum Improving the Written English from Russian Speaking EngineersRussian speakers often have trouble writing in English for journals and conference. Part of theirdifficulty is the difference in structure between the English and Russian languages. At a recentinternational conference a large portion of the submissions were from Russian speaking submitters Thebody of submissions provided an opportunity to generate some statistics on the types and frequency oferrors and awkward sentences that are present in these submissions. The goal of this analysis is toimprove the English teaching curriculum to Russian faculty and specifically address these problems.Proposed changes that have come from this research include increasing the number of specific writtenexercises in sentence structure and formation, sentence punctuation, paragraph structure using extendedoutlines and the use of “a, an, and the”. The paper is leading to a highly focused curriculum to rectifythese problems. Subsequent papers shall provide an assessment of effectivity and shall measure progressin these weak areas specifically. This technique could have benefits in the development of languageproficiency in other languages.

Ziyatdinova, J., & Sanger, P. A., & Bezrukov, A. (2014, June), A Focused Curriculum Improving the Written English from Russian Speaking Engineers Paper presented at 2014 ASEE International Forum, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--17165

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