Developing an Expanded English Curriculum

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Developing an Expanded English Curriculum
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Country: Kazakhstan
Volunteer(s) Name: Gondalia
Volunteer(s) Homestate: Wyoming
Funds community contributed: $1220.76
Percentage community contributed: 41%
Funds needed were: $1724.60
Funds requested were: $1724.60
PPCP #: 306-053
Year of project approval: 2009
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Projects started in Kazakhstan 2009 (3).
Community Kazakh Classes, Developing an Expanded English Curriculum, English Resource Center (Kazakhstan), Presentation Skills Development
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Other Projects in Kazakhstan (3).
Community Kazakh Classes, Developing an Expanded English Curriculum, English Resource Center (Kazakhstan), Presentation Skills Development
State Flag of Wyoming.svgOther Projects by Volunteers from Wyoming (1).
Developing an Expanded English Curriculum, Jenna Dillon, Women's Computer Education
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Info about the Developing an Expanded English Curriculum

Kazakhstan’s President has pledged to make Kazakhstan a trilingual country, adding English to its repertoire. Local schools, however, are ill equipped to answer his call. The following project aims to create a comprehensive six-year communicative approach curriculum for students in the public education system at a school in Kazakhstan.

Currently, teachers are provided with poorly developed and error ridden English texts that model no effective or systematic approaches to teaching English grammar over multiple years. English education in Kazakhstan typically begins in the fifth form, and is only conducted for 2 paltry hours per week. However, over the last 2 years, our school has implemented five experimental classes in a primary education program amounting to an additional 21 hours of class time per week for these students. Fifth and sixth formers work have one hour of English instruction daily, and second and third formers have been receiving two and three (respectively) hours per week. These classes are conducted not with the typical national school book, but with well developed and systematic English texts. In the next year, the oldest students in this program will have no further books to continue their rigorous English study and will be forced to revert to outdated and ineffective English texts and possible cancellation of their experimental classes.

This project aims to extend this curriculum an additional three years, concluding with the end of compulsory education in Kazakhstan and working to B1 proficiency (the required level for study in a native English speaking country).

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