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In Event: Roundtable Session (Monday II)
In Refereed Round-Table Session: Ethnicity and language issues in schools
Presentation Title: Word Calc For Kyrgyz And Russian Languages As Sustainable Mechanism To Improve Basic Reading Skills In Primary Grades In Kyrgyz Republic.
Abstract: The developed leveled reading tools (including World Calc) for text analysis in Kyrgyz and Russian languages in Kyrgyz Republic are a significant innovation for Kyrgyzstan education system and for Central Asia. This electronical tool was developed by USAID Quality Reading Program: Time to Read (TTR) in collaboration with Working Group of the Ministry of Education and Science of Kyrgyz Republic. Reading materials offered to students in grades 1–4 in Kyrgyzstan are very difficult to understand or exceed the level of reading competence very often. This fact does not contribute to the development of reading comprehension of students. The purpose of this paper to present a potential of the developed Wold Calc in the text analysis in Kyrgyz and Russian languages to improve reading skills in primary education of Kyrgyz Republic. The Level Reading tool contains three main domains: Linguistics features, Cognitive depth and Design. Word Calc helps to control the size of text, number of letters and syllables, in words, length of sentences, number of difficult or unique words to read and etc in the texts for students in grades 1-4. Word Calc helps. For the first time in Kyrgyzstan education system text development process has been including measurable indicators. This will help to increase the complexity of texts consequentially, step by step. Also, this software will help authors to speed up the process of grade-level text development. This tool will assist educators in developing texts for students with speech difficulties. Ministry of Education and Science of Kyrgyz Republic and its affiliates have already expressed a keen interest in this valuable tool to improve supplementary reading materials, to develop tests and textbooks.