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    THE IMPORTANCE OF WRITING SKILLS FOR EFL LEARNERS: COMMON ERRORS AND WAYS OF IMPROVING
    (СДУ хабаршысы - 2022, 2022) E. Kozhakhmet; S. Tulepova
    Abstract.In order to attain specific language mastery, it is required to obtain four major skills of language such as writing, reading, listening, and speaking. One of the most complicated and highly required skills among all these four skills is writing, and since it is considered to be difficult, it is impossible to acquire this skill in a natural way for EFL (English as a foreign language) learners. Moreover, it is mostly accepted as the skill that has many complexities thus playing a determining role in linguistic output. For example, EFL learners frequently face difficulties in writing connected with such language components as vocabulary, grammatical structure, coherence and cohesion, spelling and punctuation. The following article aims to emphasize the significance of writing in learning a foreign language. It also attempts to highlight some common errors in students’ writings and to suggest extensive reading as an essential solution and effective way of developing writing skills.
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    THE IMPORTANCE OF HEDGING IN ACADEMIC WRITING
    (СДУ хабаршысы - 2022, 2022) D. Shaikenova; S. Tulepova
    Abstract. Academic writing in the English language must comply with certain rules and conventions accepted in the scientific communicative culture. Writers should be careful in expressing their statements and try to soften the claims to avoid being extremely categorical. One of the ways to achieve this is using hedging techniques. Therefore, teaching hedging strategy should become an obligatory aspect in the development of EFL (English as a foreign language) learners’ academic writing competence. The article presents definitions of hedging from different points of view, the importance of using this strategy and the diversity of hedging. This brief overview of hedging techniques aims to inform novice writing instructors of this indispensable part of academic writing and to highlight the significance of teaching them in academic writing classes.
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    EXPLORING THE CASE OF ONLINE LEARNING: PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS
    (СДУ хабаршысы - 2021, 2021) A. Mansurova; S. Tulepova
    Abstract. This article aims to describe the difficulties the master students faced during education in distance and attempts to describe the solutions undertaken to solve them at one of the private universities in Kazakhstan. To identify the problems and solutions the researchers used a questionnaire consisting of closed and open-ended questions and semi-structured interview. The findings showed that the most important difficulties were: time management; demotivation; adaptation to online learning; technical issues; internet connection problems. Also, various strategies were identified that master students tried to apply to solve and avoid these problems. Some of the most effective ones were: peer support; using a laptop instead of a smartphone; getting the recordings of the lessons; improvement of ICT skills and asking support from online instructors.
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    TO USE OR NOT TO USE: INSTAGRAM AS A FACILITATOR OF DEVELOPING ENGLISH WRITING SKILLS
    (СДУ хабаршысы - 2022, 2022) A. Omarova; S. Tulepova
    Abstract. Developing writing skills may be challenging for the majority of students while learning English. They easily get bored of typical writing structures and often neglect such tasks. In order to engage students in the writing process and boost their interest, teachers always try to search for new modern teaching tools. One of the contemporary instruments to develop English as a foreign language (EFL) learners’ writing skills might be using social media. The current article attempts to conduct an overview of the studies devoted to the investigation of Instagram as a tool to practice writing as well as to facilitate the development of writing skills.