English Language Fellow John Kotnarowski shared valuable information on how to engage students in the writing process at the Pedagogical Marathon held at Moscow State Pedagogical University in Moscow, Russia. His lecture, Getting Students to Write with Fun, Communicative Activities focused on best practices local Russian teachers can use to teach writing in an EFL classroom.

Kotnarowski’s presentation introduced local teachers and members of the English language teaching community in Moscow to current theories related to second language writing pedagogy. He also highlighted several fun and highly adaptable activities teachers can incorporate into their lesson plans to get students motivated about the writing process.

Inspired by Kotnarowski’s presentation, one teacher at the session has begun planning how he will incorporate the material shared into programs offered at his school. “I think being able to write is one of the most important skills in our life and I feel very optimistic about this new workshop at the school I work for. I got some very useful ideas from your talk and I am going to introduce them into our program.”

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