Using Simulations in Teaching Research Academic Writing Course

Abstract

The article focuses on teaching research academic writing to undergraduates taking a Russian-American dual-degree program offered by Baikal International Business School and its partner University of Maryland Global Campus. As the American program is online, writing courses are mandatory. Being the final course in the writing module, research academic writing is challenging not only for students but also for the instructor. This makes the teacher look for new ways to improve the quality of teaching and to motivate undergraduates. The paper describes action research aiming at introducing simulation games in research academic writing course to engage students in classroom activities, vary practical assignments, and make classes more interactive. Using observation, student questionnaires and interviews, the author compares her class atmosphere and student involvement before and after the intervention. As a result of her research, the author comes to the conclusion that simulation activities, besides other advantages, can be successfully used for teaching academic writing since they increase motivation and student engagement creating a positive learning environment. Moreover, pair or group work can minimize difficulties, which helps to better understand the material. Furthermore, simulation activities have a practical value enabling students to develop skills and competences vital for future managers. Also the paper offers simulation activities developed for the course which are given in the appendices

About the authors

Ye. V. Luganskaya

Baikal International Business School, Irkutsk State University

Author for correspondence.
Email: lug-evgenia@mail.ru
ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1218-2457

Candidate of Philological Sciences, Master of Management, associate professor, Humanities and Foreign Languages Department, Siberian-American School of Management

Russian Federation, 1, Karl Marx Street, Irkutsk, 664003, Russian Federation

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