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Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Language: Two Foreign Languages

Statement of Purpose
The B.A. in Foreign Languages (BAFL) is designed to equip students with a high level of language proficiency in two languages, along with sound intercultural competence, and to develop skills for a wide range of career opportunities. The program includes a strong liberal arts component, a carefully planned sequence of professional courses, and the opportunity to minor in another discipline. The program combines the academic study of language and communication with practical training in foreign language teaching, and emphasizes leadership ability in curriculum development and instruction. This prepares students for a wide range of careers in the academic, corporate, administrative, and non-governmental sectors, including publishing, media, business, digital industries, etc.

Mission Statement
The B.A. in Foreign Languages shall:

  • Prepare highly competent language professionals for field-related careers in Kazakhstan and abroad;
  • Provide an early entry into the job market, as well as further learning prospects in the humanities and social sciences;
  • Equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills of literary appreciation, linguistics and applied linguistics analysis;
  • Encourage students to use modern technology that can enhance their language education and careers.

Program Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
At the end of the program, students are expected to:
Demonstrate effective operational proficiency in English (CERF level B2-C1) and be independent users of a second foreign language (CERF level B1);

  • Demonstrate effective communication skills and proficiency in oral, written, and professional English in a variety of social and academic contexts;
  • Demonstrate core academic knowledge of major literary texts in English and in their second foreign/professional language;
  • Show understanding of the properties and analysis of human language;
  • Show a broad and coherent understanding of contexts and processes of language learning and teaching;
  • Apply high-level thinking skills in planning, delivering, and reflecting on instruction as well assessing teaching and learning;
  • Apply ethical standards to the teaching/ learning practice;
  • Demonstrate cultural competence and show openness to, and respect for, diverse cultures and backgrounds;
  • Adapt and transfer a range of subject specific and generic skills, including high order conceptual, research, critical, and lifelong learning skills of value in graduate studies and/or employment.

BA FL Curriculum
Requirements for the BA in Foreign Language are as follows:

Category of Courses Credits ECTS
General Education Requirements 28 46
Program Foundation Requirements 20 32
Program Foundation Electives 49 81
Program Specialization Requirements 5 8
Program Specialization Electives 27 45
Other Graduation Requirements 17 28
Total Required for Graduation 146  
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BAFL Program Plan
The following tables are a sample program of study to finish the BA in Foreign Language degree in four years.

  1st Year
Code Fall Semester Cr   ECTS   Code Spring Semester Cr   ECTS
LING 1101 Fundamentals of  Linguistics 3 5 LING 1201 Child Language Development 2 3
ENG 1110 Academic Listening and Note-Taking 3 5 ENG/GEN 1100 Academic English Speaking 3 5
ENG 1120 Academic Reading and Writing 1 3 5 ENG 1121 Academic Reading and Writing 2 3 5
GEN 1000 Modern History of Kazakhstan 3 5 GEN/OPM 1300
or
GEN/OPM 2301
Information and Communication Technologies or Business Computer Applications 3 5
KAZ/ RUS xxxx Kazakh/Russian 3 5 KAZ/ RUS xxxx Kazakh/Russian 3 5
GEN xxxx GE elective (Category B) and Creative Seminar 3 5 GEN xxxx GE Elective (Category B) and Creative Seminar 3 5
GEN xxxx Physical training 2 2 GEN xxxx Physical training 2 2
  TOTAL   20     32   TOTAL   19    30
  2nd Year
Code Fall Semester Cr    ECTS   Code Spring Semester Cr   ECTS
TFL2101 Theory and Methods in Character Education 2 3 TFL 2201 Materials Development and Resources in ELT 3 5
TFL2102 Approaches and Methods in ELT 3 5 CHN/ RUS xxxx FL elective (Chinese/Russian) 3 5
LING 2101 Language and its Structure I 3 5 LING 2201 Language and its Structure II 3 5
ENG 2101 Introduction to Literary Studies 3 5 LING 2202 Latin 3 5
KAZ/ RUS 22xx Professional Kazakh/Russian 2 3 ENG xxxx English Literature elective 3 5
GEN xxxx GE elective (Category C) 3 5 GEN/ IRL 2510 Introduction to Philosophy or Principles of Ethics 3 5
GEN xxxx Physical training 2 2 GEN xxxx Physical training 2 2
  TOTAL    18    28   TOTAL   20    32
Code
 
Summer 1 Semester Cr    ECTS
TFL 2202 Academic Internship 2 4
  TOTAL     2     4
3rd Year
 
 
Fall Semester
 
Cr    ECTS     Spring Semester Cr   ECTS
LING 3301 Foundations of Second Language Acquisition 3 5 TFL 3201 Introduction to Critical Pedagogy 3 5
TFL3101 Introduction to Language Assessment 3 5 LING 33xx Linguistics elective 3 5
ENG xxxx English Literature elective 3 5 CHN/ RUS 2203 The Linguistics of Chinese/ The Linguistics of Russian 3 5
TFL3202 Learning Technology in FL classroom 3 5 TFL 32xx Specialization elective (Teaching English elective) 3 5
CHN/ RUS 3301 Survey of Chinese literature/ Survey of Russian literature 4 6 CHN/ RUS xxxx FL elective (Chinese/Russian) 3 5
CHN/ RUS xxxx FL elective (Chinese/Russian) 2 3 xxxx Other program elective or minor 3 5
  TOTAL    18    29   TOTAL    18    30
4th Year
 
 
Fall Semester
 
Cr     ECTS     Spring Semester Cr   ECTS
TFL3205 Research Writing in Applied Linguistics 3 5 CHN/ RUS xxxx FL elective (Chinese/Russian 3 5
CHN/ RUS xxxx FL elective (Chinese/Russian 3 5 xxxx Other program elective or minor 3 5
CHN/ RUS xxxx FL elective (Chinese/Russian) 3 5 xxxx Other program elective or minor 3 5
xxxx Other program elective or minor 3 5 TFL 4201 Teaching Practicum II 2 4
xxxx Other program elective or minor 3 5 TFL 4203 Thesis 1 2 5
TFL4102 Teaching Practicum I 2 4 TFL 4202 Comprehensive Examination 1 3
  TOTAL    17    29   TOTAL    14    27

Total for program: 146 credits

LINGUISTICS

LING1101 Fundamentals of Linguistics (3 credits)
Prerequisite: none
This course will provide students with an overview of linguistics, the scientific study of language. How can we analyze the different parts of language such as sounds (phonology), parts of words (morphology), word meaning (semantics), and grammar (syntax)? How do people use language in conversation with each other (pragmatics and discourse analysis)? These questions and more will be explored in this course, which aims to introduce students to the exciting diversity of world languages and the basics of linguistic analysis.

Prerequisite: none

LING1201 Child Language Development (2 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG1120 Academic Reading and Writing 1; LING1101 Fundamentals of Linguistics
This course will focus on first language acquisition in infancy and childhood. We will cover the progression of language development in each of the traditional areas of linguistic analysis: phonology, semantics, syntax, and pragmatics. The course will be focused on experimental research in typical language acquisition and on different theories that strive to explain the underlying cognitive and linguistic mechanisms at work in an early learner.

LING1202/GEN/DA2204 Language in Society (3 credits)
Prerequisite: none
This course examines the role of language in human social interaction and how language relates to socio-economic status, gender, age and social identity. Students are introduced to analysis of sociolinguistic data to understand relations between language and society. Students are also introduced to linguistic diversity in Kazakhstan and the world and implications of language contact for language loss and language change.

LING2101 Language and its structure I: Phonetics and Phonology (3 credits)
Prerequisite: LING1101 Fundamentals of Linguistics
Introduction to the nature and patterning of sounds in human language. The students will be familiarized with articulatory and acoustic phonetics, and basic phonological analysis, focusing on cross-language typology and comparison. The class is aimed at hands-on development of practical skills, including IPA transcription, field techniques, and digital speech analysis. Prerequisite:

LING2201 Language and its structure II: Morphology and Syntax (3 credits) 
Prerequisite: LING2101 Language and its structure I: Phonetics and Phonology
Morphology deals with the internal structure of words and their meaningful parts. Syntax is concerned with sentence structure. Together, morphology and syntax comprise the core of the grammar of a language. This course introduces students to the basic principles for the description of grammatical structure and the structure of words, and how they can be applied to describe English and other languages. The class is aimed at hands-on development of practical skills of morpho-syntactic analysis. It also focuses on description of contemporary English grammatical structures that pose problems for learners and teachers.

LING2202 Latin (3 credits)
Prerequisite: LING2201 Language and its structure I: Phonetics and Phonology
This course introduces the basic aspects of Latin language and ancient culture. It provides a basic exposure to the Latin elements of scientific language in order to facilitate understanding of special vocabulary and enable students to use appropriate language in communicating with both specialists and the general public. In this course students will become more conscious of words and their history, and will increase their vocabulary by studying how words are formed, by learning Latin elements in modern words, and by improving their ability to use a dictionary effectively.

LING3201 Introduction to the History of English (3 credits)
Prerequisite: LING2201 Language and its structure I: Phonetics and Phonology
Overview of major issues in the history of English, from Old English to current time: genetic relationships, changes in sound system, word and sentence structures, and pragmatics. Students will explore the main historical, cultural and linguistic changes within the English society, to understand how a language spoken on a small European island developed into a modern worldwide and extremely influential language.

LING3301 Foundations of Second Language Acquisition (3 credits)
Prerequisite: LING2201 Language and its structure II: Morphology and Syntax
The course will present important theories of second language acquisition and different methods for studying such acquisition. There will be special emphasis on the acquisition of English.

LING3302 The History of Writing (3 credits)
Prerequisite: none
An overview of the major writing systems of the world: Egyptian and Mayan hieroglyphs, Sumerian and Akkadian cuneiform, West Semitic consonantal scripts (abjads), East Asian scripts, runes, and Greek and Roman alphabets. This course has a considerable linguistic component supplemented by historical information about ancient languages and cultures.

LING3303 Introduction to Discourse Analysis (3 credits)
Prerequisite: LING2201 Language and its structure I: Phonetics and Phonology
The course will focus on aspects of discourse analysis both written (genres and genre analysis) and spoken (turn-taking, sequence organization). On completion of the course students will be able to identify and describe patterns in talk and text organization and reflect on possible applications of discourse analytic methodologies and findings to issues in the real world.

LING3304 Language Contact (3 credits)
Prerequisite: LING2201 Language and its structure I: Phonetics and Phonology
This course examines internal and external factors that trigger language variations and changes and the social attitudes associated with them. It provides students with a strong foundation on the scholarship in the field of contact linguistics, language variation and change, types of variations, the relationships between these variations and gender, ethnicity, religion, youth culture, and globalization.

LING4101 Bilingualism and Bilingual Education (3 credits)
Prerequisite: LING2201 Language and its structure I: Phonetics and Phonology
The course develops an understanding of important aspects of both individual and societal bilingualism which is used to analyze issues in education, assessment and policy contexts.

LING4102 Special Topics in Linguistics (3 credits)
Prerequisite: LING2201 Language and its structure I: Phonetics and Phonology
Intensive study of one or more topics in linguistics, through a combination of lectures, prescribed readings, and written analysis. The topics are confined to specialized teaching interests of faculty and thus will vary.

TEACHING ENGLISH

TFL2101 Theory and Methods in Character Education (2 credits)
Prerequisite: LING1201 Child Language Development, ENG1120 Academic Reading and Writing 1
The course is an essential component of pre-service teachers’ professional education. It aims to familiarize teacher trainees with theoretical underpinnings and methodical implications of character education in schools. That is, students will explore different theories of character development and study various approaches to designing and implementing instructional strategies for integrating these theoretical concepts throughout the curriculum. Another aspect of this course is the notion that a teacher is a real-life model for his/her students. Therefore, the course participants will be trained to identify their own character strengths and explore how these can be utilized to aid the pedagogical activities in the classroom. The course also looks at the roles of society, community, and parents in creating a moral, formative and character building school and classroom environment.

TFL2102 Approaches and Methods in English Language Teaching (3 credits)
Prerequisite: LING1201 Child Language Development, ENG1120 Academic Reading and Writing 1
This course serves as an introduction to traditional and contemporary methods, techniques, and educational trends practiced in teaching a foreign/second language worldwide. Additionally, students will be familiarized with basic procedures used in language classrooms and how to adapt these to any educational setting. The course involves extensive readings, discussions, conducting mini-activities and reflecting on teaching experiences.

TFL2201 Materials Development and Resources in English Language Teaching (3 credits)
Prerequisites: TFL2102 Approaches and Methods in English Language Teaching
This course will give students a better idea of the role of materials, including textbooks and websites, within the area of English language teaching. In this course, students will (a) have the opportunity to understand relevant theories and principles, (b) be provided with tools to investigate learners’ needs, and (c) analyze, design and adapt tasks and materials for various English lessons. Because this is a theory-informed practice oriented course, quite a large part of class time will be used for workshops where students will work together in pairs and groups, evaluating, adapting and designing materials, and planning courses based on the needs of their future students, with the help of the instructor. It is also recommended that during the course students spend some time looking carefully at published materials as a source of ideas on content, topics, task types, layout and design, methodology and syllabus. The assignment for this course can be in the form of a piece of professional work in materials design or materials evaluation, rather than a traditional academic essay.

TFL2202 Academic Internship (2 credits)
Prerequisite: LING1201 Child Language Development; LING2201 Language and its structure I: Phonetics and Phonology
This course offers the opportunity to apply and deepen students’ knowledge of the major language in a meaningful way outside the classroom. In addition to supervised on-site responsibilities, students should meet regularly with their internship advisor to discuss the ongoing process of the scholarly project that will emerge from the internship experience. At the conclusion of the internship, interns will submit the following: a written journal documenting and reflecting upon their weekly internship experiences, and a scholarly project submitted in writing to the internship advisor and presented orally to the department faculty.

TFL3101 Introduction to Language Assessment (3 credits)
Prerequisites: TFL2102 Approaches and Methods in English Language Teaching
This course will provide students with a broad overview of the major principles involved in English language testing and assessment. The focus is on both the theoretical and practical issues in testing and assessment. Students will also apply of their knowledge through design of assessment tasks and activities for all language skills. This class will be in the form of lectures, workshops and discussions, and etc.

TFL3201 Introduction to Critical Pedagogy (3 credits) 
Prerequisites: TFL2101 Theory and Methods in Character Education
Critical Pedagogy is an approach to language teaching and learning which is concerned with transforming relations of power which are oppressive and which lead to the oppression of people (Kincheloe, 2005). It tries to humanize and empower learners by altering dominant systems. This course is a philosophical and pedagogical exploration of the relationships among oppression, power, society, and change. In this course, students will (a) review the interlocking systems of oppression that pose barriers for the learners, (b) examine outstanding educators involved in critical pedagogy, such as Abay, and Altynsarin, and (c) be introduced to critical pedagogy and select critical pedagogy teaching practices (e.g. critical literacy, racial/ethnic identity development, culturally relevant pedagogy). Furthermore, students will analyze classroom and out of classroom experiences; then they will discuss the ways to turn the theories of critical pedagogy into classroom practices.

TFL3202 Learning Technology in FL classroom (3 credits)
Prerequisites: TFL2102 Approaches and Methods in English Language Teaching
This course explores various software that has been designed for use in FL classes, including language learning through tools such as audio, video, computer and the Internet.  Students will learn to choose and assess software, websites, and other technologies to enhance language learning.  Students will also gain practical knowledge on how to blend digital content with traditional classroom language teaching.

TFL3203 CLIL: Planning Tools (3 credits) 
Prerequisites: TFL2201 Materials Development and Resources in English Language Teaching
This course provides a useful guide for the overall planning a content-based integrated learning curriculum. The students will learn what steps to take in order to design classes and lessons using CLIL – Content Integrated Language Learning methodologies.

TFL3204 Teaching English to Young Learners (3 credits)
Prerequisites: TFL2201 Materials Development and Resources in English Language Teaching
This course examines the special language learning needs of children ages 5-11 in both second language and foreign language settings. The course will examine child development issues and second language acquisition as they relate to young learners. Instructional strategies (including the use of music and song, storytelling, movement, and drama) for increasing motivation and engagement will be practiced.

TFL3205 Research Writing in Applied Linguistics (3 credits)
Prerequisites: LING3301 Foundations of Second Language Acquisition; ENG1121 Academic Reading and Writing 2
The course is designed to familiarize students with the basic concepts and skills necessary for designing and conducting research and academic in the fields of applied linguistics and teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). The course takes a step-by-step approach through the process, from getting to know the key concepts involved in applied linguistics research, to the design, carrying out a research project, and interpreting the research findings. At the end of the course, students will be able to design their own small-scale studies.

TFL3206 Educational Administration (3 credits)
Prerequisites: TFL2201 Materials Development and Resources in English Language Teaching
This course allows students to understand the basic concepts of educational administration. Students will learn the basic theories related to educational administration, such as theories with regard to motivation, leadership, communication and organizational decision-making. Attempts will be made to make this course related to the educational reality in Kazakhstan.

TFL3207 Introduction to Special Education (3 credits)
Prerequisites: TFL2201 Materials Development and Resources in English Language Teaching
This course aims at providing students with knowledge, understanding and care of pupils with special needs. By means of different teaching activities, students will have better understanding of definitions, characteristics and causes of pupils with various special needs; educational emphases and needs of these pupils; contemporary situations of special education in Kazakhstan; and the latest trends in contemporary special education.

TFL4101 Special Topics in English Language Teaching (3 credits)
Prerequisite: TFL2201 Materials Development and Resources in English Language Teaching
This course delves in more detail into a particular topic in English language teaching.  The topics are confined to specialized research and teaching interests of faculty and thus will vary.

TFL4102 Teaching Practicum I (2 credits)
Prerequisite: TFL3101 Introduction to Language Assessment, TFL3201 Introduction to Critical Pedagogy
The teaching practicum gives students the opportunity to put teaching theory into practice. Practicum students will complete a minimum of 10 hours of observation, 5 hours of teaching and 5 hours of preparation, consultation, and review with their practicum supervisor. At the end of the practicum students submit portfolio of lesson observations, lesson plans, teaching materials, teaching reflections, etc.

TFL4201 Teaching Practicum II: Action Research (2 credits)
Prerequisite: TFL4102 Teaching Practicum I
The overall goal of the action research internship is to teach students how to use their academic training to assess and diagnose learning problems, and how to propose feasible solutions that fit educational needs. Students will complete a minimum of 10 hours of teaching. There is a mix of academic research/writing, teaching portfolio, and fieldwork.

TFL4202 Comprehensive Examination (1 credit)
Prerequisite: TFL4102 Teaching Practicum, Completion of at least 128 credits of coursework 
Students are required to take the state examination before the awarding of a degree.

TFL4203 Thesis (2 credits)
Prerequisite: TFL4102 Teaching Practicum, Completion of at least 128 credits of coursework 
The writing of an individual and independent bachelor thesis, according to academically established practice. Independent research is supervised by faculty members.

ENGLISH LITERATURE

ENG1102 Mythology and Folklore (3 credits)
Prerequisite: none
This course looks at mythology and folklore in order to better understand and give a broader perspective of human nature.  These stories, which have withstood the test of time, reveal something true and eternal about the human condition.  Students will read, discuss, and analyze from both historical and modern perspectives.  By the end of this course students will be able to read critically and analyze texts for deeper meaning. Students will be able to extract themes and motifs from their reading and apply those ideas to other stories and contexts.

ENG2101 Introduction to Literary Studies (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG1120 Academic Reading and Writing 1
This course uses a meaningful range of literary texts to introduce the main genres and central topics of literary studies.  Its object is to develop a well-rounded general understanding of the literary arts, including their historical aspects and the basic terminology used in their analysis and interpretation.  The texts will model poetry, prose, and drama, while the coursework will focus on the methodical investigation of plot, character, setting, and symbolism, as well as on essential poetic, narrative, and dramatic structures and techniques.

ENG2201 Introduction to British Literature (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG2101 Introduction to Literary Studies
An introduction to the literature of the British Isles through an analysis of its major continuing themes, such as the evolution of regional and class identities, the legacies of industrial revolution, colonialism, and empire, and the wider relation of Britain to Europe and the world. Analysis and interpretation of relevant texts and media, covering a variety of genres and touching on topics in language, culture, politics, economics, and intellectual history.  Some emphasis on regional literatures within the British Isles.

ENG2202 Introduction to American Literature (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG2101 Introduction to Literary Studies
An introduction to American literature through an analysis of its major continuing themes, such as the meaning of freedom, the place of nature and the wilderness in the American mind, urban-rural dichotomies, and issues of race, class, and gender identity.  Analysis and interpretation of relevant texts and media, covering a variety of genres and touching on topics in language, culture, politics, economics, and intellectual history.  Some emphasis on regional literature.

ENG2204 Introduction to Classical Literature (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG210 1Introduction to Literary Studies
The course introduces to best works of Greek and Roman literature. It aims to familiarize students with the culture and history of the classical era, explore the literature’s important themes and issues, and develop critical reading and writing skills. The course contains readings, activities, and projects.

ENG2206 Introduction to poetry and great poets (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG2101 Introduction to Literary Studies
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the complexity, artistry and traditions that inform poetry the course aims to provide a critical vocabulary for poetry appreciation, analysis, and study of this literary form. The course emphasizes close reading of the texts, and there will be frequent writing assignments.

ENG3301 Masterpieces of World Literature (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG2101 Introduction to Literary Studies
This course is an attempt to overview the development of world literature. Each class will be dedicated to a significant book that challenged the received literary conventions and paved the way to new directions in literature. It offers students the opportunity to read excerpts from works that are considered landmark classics.

ENG3302 Introduction to Contemporary Literature (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG2101 Introduction to Literary Studies
A general introduction to Anglophone and non-Anglophone literature in English translation since the year 2000.  The emphasis is on topics relevant to the contemporary world, such as changing social, economic, and gender relations.  Analysis and interpretation of relevant texts and media, covering a variety of genres and touching on topics in language, culture, politics, economics, and intellectual history.

ENG4101 Topics in Literature (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG2101 Introduction to Literary Studies
This course delves in more detail into a particular topic in literature, or in literature in relation to other arts.  The topic may focus on a genre, such as the novel, short story, or lyric poem; on an historical period, such as Romantic, Modernist, or Post-Colonial; on a particular movement or approach, such as Realism or Symbolism; or on an individual writer or poet, such as J.R.R. Tolkien or Emily Dickinson.  The course may also single out a national literature (either Anglophone or non-Anglophone in English translation) or another art form related to literature, including film, painting, performance, and online media.

ENGLISH RHETORICS

ENG3102 Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition
Prerequisite: ENG/GEN1121 Academic Reading and Writing II
This course introduces students to the field of writing studies. It presents key concepts, principles, traditions and discussions that define the field of rhetoric and composition, surveying major texts, movements, issues and methodologies.

ENG3303 Business and Professional Writing (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG3102 Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition
A practical, workshop style course in the types and techniques of business and professional writing in English, including commercial correspondence, reports, policy documents, advertising copy, and product-related literature. Strengthens skills necessary to communicate effectively in a variety of business and professional situations and in both oral and written modes. Corresponds to courses in Commercial Translation.

ENG3304 Legal Writing (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG3102 Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition
A practical, workshop style course in the types and techniques of legal writing in English, such as legal correspondence, contracts, official documents, law enforcement, and related documents. Emphasis on acquiring the vocabulary and mastering the conventions that govern legal texts, with additional emphasis on the “plain English” movement in legal writing. Corresponds to courses in Legal Translation.

ENG3305 Technical Writing (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG3102 Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition
A practical, workshop style course in the types and techniques of writing for technical manuals in English, including skills of description, instruction, and analysis.  Emphasis on acquiring technical vocabulary and mastering the conventions that govern technical brochures. Corresponds to courses in Technical Translation.

ENG3306 Introduction to Creative Writing (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG3102 Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition
An introduction to imaginative writing, concentrating on the mastery of language and creative expression in different genres. The course includes analysis of literary models (professional writings in each genre), individual and class criticism of work by established writers, and lecture on and discussion of literary techniques in each genre.

ENG3307 Workshop in Creative Writing (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG3102 Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition
This writing course is designed to teach students basic strategies for gathering ideas for, writing, critically reading, and revising prose (primarily fiction. It involves discussion of work by students and established writers.

ENG3308 Writing for Films (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG3102 Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition
This course familiarizes students with foundations of screenwriting.  Coursework involves reading relevant dramatic and cinematic theory, studying produced screenplays, and completing weekly writing assignments.

ENG4102 Special Topic in Writing (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG3102 Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition
This course delves in more detail into a particular topic in writing. The topics are confined to specialized teaching interests of faculty and thus will vary.

LANGUAGE COURSES

CHINESE LANGUAGE

CHN1301 Beginning Chinese (3 credits; 5 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisites: none
This course introduces the basic elements of the Chinese language in such a way as to enable students to engage in simple communication. It also provides a good foundation for further study of the language.  Practice is given in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Basic vocabulary and elementary grammatical structures are introduced. The course focuses on writing short compositions, dictations, delivering monologues, and intensive and extensive reading of graded books. Speaking and listening skills will be developed primarily through self-study assignments.

CHN1302 Elementary Chinese (3 credits; 5 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisite: CHN1301 Beginning Chinese or equivalent
This course follows the Beginning Chinese course and assumes knowledge of all the materials covered in CHN 1301.  This course is designed to provide students with a solid background in the four language learning skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. A special focus of this course is given to developing speaking skills as an integral part of the learning process.  Students will learn to communicate in simple terms about their house/flat and their immediate needs, and to describe and comment on their living situations and daily and leisure-time activities. Reading and listening activities will focus on a variety of topics from everyday life in Chinese-speaking countries. Students will also have an opportunity to learn about Chinese culture and traditions.

CHN1303 Pre-Intermediate Chinese (3 credits; 5 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisite: CHN1302 Elementary Chinese
This course is a continuation of CHN1302 Elementary Chinese course and is aimed at students who possess sufficient basic knowledge of phonetics, morphology and syntax of the Chinese language and have experience in everyday speech in Chinese. The course will help to improve students’ accents, to provide proper intonation, to improve their knowledge of Chinese grammar, and to introduce the basic features of functional styles of the Chinese language.

CHN1304 Intermediate Chinese (3 credits; 5 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisite: CHN1303 Pre-Intermediate Chinese
This course is designed for students with prior experience on listening, speaking, reading and writing Chinese at the elementary level. While students will be trained in all four skills, more emphasis will be given to reading and writing Chinese characters, expanding vocabulary, understanding Chinese culture. This course further develops students’ linguistic and cultural competence. In dealing with texts, students are guided to interpret, narrate, describe, and discuss topics ranging from real-life experience and personal memoire to historic events. To facilitate the study of the language, different aspects of Chinese culture and society will be introduced through group activities, multimedia programs, and research project throughout the course.

CHN1305 Upper Intermediate Chinese (3 credits; 5 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisite: CHN1304 Intermediate Chinese
This course offers Chinese for daily communication through intensive study and practice in written and spoken Chinese. Students will carry on conversations and participate in classroom discussions in Chinese on various topics associated with daily life and learn to write short passages in Chinese characters. This course also explores definitions of culture and analyzes the dynamic role of language in culture and culture in language, with an aim to foster cross-cultural awareness and self-realization while developing proficiency in Chinese.

CHN1306 Advanced Chinese (3 credits; 5 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisites: CHN1305 Upper Intermediate Chinese
This course continues the development of critical awareness by emphasizing the link between socio-cultural literacy and a higher level of language competence. While continuing to expand their critical literacy skills, students interpret texts related to Chinese popular culture, social change, cultural traditions, politics and history. Through linguistic and cultural comparisons, students understand more about people in the target society and themselves as well as about the power of language in language use to enhance their competence in operating between languages and associated cultures. This course aims to improve the ability to speak and understand Chinese, emphasizing correct pronunciation and intonation.

CHN2201 Conversational Chinese 1 (3 credits; 5 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisites: CHN1303 Pre-Intermediate Chinese
This course is designed for students who are of non-Chinese origin and were not raised in a Chinese-speaking environment, or who are of Chinese origin but do not speak Chinese and whose parents do not speak Chinese. This course develops students’ abilities in these two essential academic skills, while at the same time ensuring that listening is not a passive activity. Students improve their understanding Chinese speech in a variety of contexts, including lectures and less formal situations. They are exposed to a variety of dialects of Chinese and levels of formality.

CHN2202 Conversational Chinese 2 (3 credits; 5 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisites: CHN1304 Intermediate Chinese
This course continues to develop students’ conversational abilities through daily use of the target language. Students will engage in real-life situational role plays and engage in discussions of and make formal oral presentations of cultural and literary readings. This course promotes cultural awareness and communicative proficiency. This course will provide students with active command of both oral and written Chinese stressed; it emphasizes the development of conversational skills and vocabulary building with readings on everyday topics. This course provides training in advanced conversation and composition with readings that cover a range of topics on Chinese society, economics, history, politics, etc. It also covers reading and writing skills in modern Chinese, using authentic reading materials.

CHN2203 Linguistics of Chinese (3 credits; 5 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisite: LING1101 Fundamentals of Linguistics
This course provides an introduction to basic concepts in Chinese linguistics. It surveys the most important elements of the Chinese language, its structure, dialects, and writing system from contemporary linguistic perspectives. It also covers such topics as history of the language, dialectal variations, language and culture, language planning, language use in society, and Chinese computing. The course will be conducted mainly in lectures in combination with discussions of assigned readings, hands-on activities and in-class. Nature and structure of the Chinese language, covering structural characteristics, genetic and typological affiliation, standard Mandarin and Chinese dialects, Chinese writing system, history of the Chinese language, and cultural aspects. The course is conducted in English.

CHN3301 Survey of Chinese Literature (3 credits; 5 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisite: ENG2101 Introduction to Literary Studies
This course introduces traditional Chinese literature. Readings consist of both primary texts in English translation and secondary critical works. This course surveys major narrative and poetic genres, forms and works. Students with reading ability in Classical Chinese are encouraged to read the texts in the original, though class discussions will be based on the English translations.

CHN3302 Chinese for Business Settings (3 credits; 5 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisite: CHN1304 Intermediate Chinese
This course is designed to develop comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing of Chinese specifically related to the business environment. It is advanced Chinese course for those interested in contemporary Chinese business communications. The course covers various types of authentic business-related language materials, both oral and written. It emphasizes on cultural and linguistic aspects of the Chinese business communications. Objectives include a better understanding of the business world in China, its practices and trends, as well as development of language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

CHN3303 Chinese Calligraphy (2 credits; 3 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisite: CHN1302 Elementary Chinese
The course deals with Chinese computer program to search for, manage, develop and present information.  It is a review of the theory and art of Chinese calligraphy and practice in using a Chinese paintbrush to write Chinese characters. The course aims to develop the student’s computer skills, calligraphy skills and writing ability.

CHN3304 Chinese through Films (2 credits; 3 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisites: CHN1304 Intermediate Chinese
The course emphasizes both oral and textual communication through reading, writing, discussing and performing live theater in Chinese. It explores cultural aspects of Chinese-speaking worlds and the expression of ideational/emotional/social meanings in theatrical settings that simulate real life.

CHN3305 Chinese Language: Language of Mass Media and Newspaper (2 credits; 3 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisite: CHN1304 Intermediate Chinese
This course covers introduction to the language of Chinese media, including newspapers, magazines, TV, radio and the internet. It includes deep understanding of both the content of the selected materials and the linguistic characteristics of the language: its structures, vocabulary and style. The emphasis of the course is on improved reading comprehension through the study, analysis and discussion of a wide range of topics in the Chinese media.  The course is designed to develop Chinese language skills in conversation, reading, writing, and critical thinking in both practical and cultural situations through contemporary films, television programs, newspapers, magazines, and literary works. Selected important issues and themes in Chinese culture and history are considered.

CHN3306 Selected Topics in Chinese (3 credits; 5 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisite: CHN1304 Intermediate Chinese
The course is a survey of Chinese literature, theater, drama, popular fiction, film, television, music, and the internet. Subject emphasis varies from year to year.

KAZAKH LANGUAGE

KAZ1501 Beginning Kazakh (previously KAZ1401) (3 credits; 5 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisites: None
Note: Students with Turkic language background, such as Kyrgyz, Uzbek or Uighur, should register for KAZ1502 Elementary Kazakh 1 (previously KAZ1402) (3 credits).
This course is intended for those international students who have never been exposed to any Turkic language before. Students will first learn the Kazakh alphabet. Then they will learn to understand, read and write simple words and phrases and to participate in easy conversations by using those phrases and sentences learned in the course.

KAZ1502 Elementary Kazakh (previously KAZ1402) (3 credits; 5 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisites: KAZ1501 Beginning Kazakh for students with non-Turkic language background and none for students with Turkic language background
This course provides students with knowledge of basic vocabulary and elementary grammar and to develop basic listening skills on everyday topics and reading skills of uncomplicated texts. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to create simple texts and participate in social conversations by using familiar word constructions and vocabulary.

KAZ1504 Pre-Intermeduate Kazakh  (3 credits; 5 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisites: KAZ1402 or KAZ1502 Elementary Kazakh or none for Kazakhstani students
This course is intended for students with knowledge of basic Kazakh. During the course students will develop skills in understanding of main points in simple texts, and with the help of familiar questions they will be able to understand conversations and interviews on various topics, such as: work, study, vacation, etc. They will learn to speak freely by means of abstracts (culture, film, book, music, etc.) and general topics; to express their attitudes; and to develop their skills in writing essays and short reports.

KAZ1506 Intermediate Kazakh (previously KAZ1404) (3 credits; 5 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisites: KAZ1504 Pre-Intermediate Kazakh 2 or placement according to the results of the diagnostic test
This course is intended to develop students’ ability to summarize texts on general topics and those related to their major. Students will develop the skills of accurate use of Kazakh vocabulary and widely used phrases and sentences. Students will also learn to participate in discussions, to compile meaningful texts on familiar or interesting topics and to write short essays on assigned topics by using word combinations and sentences learned in the course.

KAZ1507 Upper Intermediate Kazakh (3 credits; 5 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisite: RUS 1306 Intermediate
This is an upper intermediate course aimed at enhancing the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  The course is taught in Kazakh by native-speakers.  Vocabulary, and oral communication skills, as well as comprehension and production of written Kazakh, will be taught through a combination of class discussion and focused individual and group exercises, using tutor-recommended texts and multimedia resources.  The course will encourage students to read and comprehend news and journals in the original language; provide students an opportunity to bolster vocabulary for both literary and Kazakhstani contextual needs; conduct research and compose coherent written or recorded texts on various topics.  The communicative component will cover both everyday situations and formal presentations related to students’ research interests, focusing on vocabularies for specific needs, such as travel, business, socializing, or tourism.

KAZ1508 Advanced Kazakh (3 credits; 5 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisite: RUS 1308 Upper Intermediate
This course provides lower advanced students of Kazakh with an opportunity to continue their study of the language, concentrating on the development of the four skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. To strengthen their writing, students will be required to write several essays during the course of the semester. Work for the course will involve regular study of new vocabulary, reading a variety of texts, and writing essays. A main focus of this course is communication within a variety of contexts while trying to enhance listening, reading comprehension, and oral proficiency.

KAZ2001 Business Kazakh (previously KAZ1406) (3 credits; 5 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisites: KAZ1506 Intermediate Kazakh or placement according to the results of the diagnostic test
This course is designed to develop students’ communication and correspondence in Kazakh business language. It is also focused on teaching students to work effectively with professional literature in their field of study, to express themselves effectively when making formal presentations, compiling and analyzing research projects, participating in business debates, and solving and negotiating various business issues.

KAZ2003 Kazakh Language and Culture (previously KAZ1408) (3 credits; 5 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisites: Kazakh school certificate or KAZ1405/KAZ16-7 Intermediate Kazakh or KAZ1406/KAZ2001 Business Kazakh or KAZ1409/KAZ2004 Business Correspondence in Kazakh or KAZ1410KAZ2005 Public Speaking in Kazakh or placement according to the results of the diagnostic test
This course is designed for students with at least upper intermediate proficiency in Kazakh. The course enables students to become familiar with the culture of Kazakh people, and to develop competence in dialogue and communication in Kazakh.  Students learn to lead and participate in discussions and debates on vital topics and to develop their critical thinking skills. The course introduces fixed phrases, sayings and idioms reflecting the national particularities of Kazakh culture that students then use in research projects in the course.

KAZ2005 Public Speaking in Kazakh (previously KAZ1410) (3 credits; 5 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisites: Kazakh school certificate or KAZ1406/KAZ2001 Business Kazakh 1 or KAZ1407.KAZ2002 Business Kazakh 2 or KAZ1408/KAZ2003 Kazakh Language and Culture or KAZ1409.KAZ2004 Business Correspondence in Kazakh or placement according to the results of the diagnostic test
This course is mainly intended for students who have a strong command of the Kazakh literary language, as well as for those who have oratory and creative abilities. In this course students will learn to express their own opinions freely and use more complex language.  The course also develops students’ leadership qualities, which are necessary for success in the public domain when speaking to an audience, dealing with a situation or being resourceful in decision-making.

Students are referred to the relevant section of the College of Humanities and Education catalog for regulations pertaining to registration for a professional Kazakh course.

KAZ2101  Professional Kazakh 1  (2 credits; 3 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisites: KAZ1502 Elementary Kazakh or KAZ1504 Pre-Intermediate Kazakh
This course is intended for students with knowledge of basic Kazakh. In this course students increase their economic and professional vocabulary in the sphere of business communications. Students will develop their speaking abilities, which often employ structures and word forms of business communications. Students also will be able to discern key information in professional texts, write short reports, and analyze and construct texts.

KAZ2102 Professional Kazakh 2 (2 credits; 3 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisites: KAZ1506 Intermediate Kazakh
This course is designed for students with an intermediate level of Kazakh. In this course students will learn professional terms and various vocabularies in their specialty and develop speaking skills in the area of their profession. Students will also be able to express themselves freely in official business communication spheres and take part in interviews according to their specialties on general professional topics.

KAZ2103 Professional Kazakh 3 (2 credits; 3 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisites: KAZ2001 Business Kazakh
The aim of this course is to develop students’ abilities to summarize texts on general topics and topics related to core courses/subjects. Students learn to understand the main idea of a text of average complexity on certain topics, speak fluently, communicate with native-speakers of Kazakh language, participate in discussions and express their thoughts in writing and speaking.

KAZ3302 Business Communication in Kazakh (3 credits; 5 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisites: Advanced-level proficiency in Kazakh
This course is designed for native speakers of Kazakh and for students with advanced knowledge of Kazakh as a second language. It is meant to provide students with a comprehensive view of Kazakh business communication, and its scope and importance in business. The course also aims to expand students’ awareness of certain important aspects of business life such as corporate culture, guiding principles of business ethics, cross-cultural relations in business, business communications by e-mail, Kazakh standards of office management and so forth. This course offers opportunities to develop communication skills through speaking and writing assignments and presentations based on research of real business cases.

RUSSIAN LANGUAGE

RUS1301 Beginning Russian (3 credits; 5credits of ECTS)
Prerequisites: none
This Beginning Russian course introduces the basic elements of the Russian language in such a way as to enable students to engage in simple communication. It also provides a good foundation for further study of the language.  Practice is given in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Basic vocabulary and elementary grammatical structures are introduced. The course focuses on writing short compositions, dictations, delivering monologues, intensive and extensive reading of graded books. Speaking and listening skills will be self-study assignments.

RUS1302 Elementary Russian (3 credits; 5 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisite: RUS1301 Beginning Russian
The course assumes the knowledge of all the materials covered in RUS 1301.  This course is designed to provide students with a solid background in the four language learning skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. A special focus of this course is given to developing speaking skills as an integral part of the learning process.  Students will learn to communicate in simple terms about their house/flat and their immediate needs, and to describe and comment on their living situations and daily and leisure-time activities. Reading and listening activities will focus on a variety of topics from everyday life in Russian-speaking countries. Students will also have an opportunity to learn about Russian culture and traditions.

RUS1304 Pre-Intermediate Russian (3 credits; 5 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisite: RUS1303 Elementary Russian
This course is a continuation of RUS1303 Elementary Russian and is aimed at students who possess sufficient basic knowledge of phonetics, morphology and syntax of the Russian language and have experience in everyday speech in Russian. The course will help to improve students’ accents, to provide proper intonation, to improve their knowledge of Russian grammar, and to introduce the basic features of functional styles of the Russian language. This course will greatly expand the vocabulary and common lexicon, and will form a reserve of “background knowledge” of Russian culture. Students will learn not only to participate in educational discussions, but also to lead them. The course involves watching television and listening to lectures and recorded guides to historical Russian cities. These auditory and visual materials will help improve skills in monologues of oral and written texts on cultural material. Tasks will include a need to describe, narrate, explain and reason about the given cultural information.

RUS1306 Intermediate Russian (3 credits; 5 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisites: RUS1305 Pre-Intermediate Russian
This course is intended to motivate students in their Russian language learning, develop communication skills in real situations, and improve knowledge and appreciation of Russian culture. The course is intended to be communicative, with a focus on active student participation and the use of many different learning resources (textbooks, recordings, computers, etc.). Cultural and literary readings are used to expand vocabulary, stimulate discussion, and broaden understanding of the Russian world.  Constant review and acquisition of new knowledge are fundamental requirements for the study of this course.

RUS1308 Upper Intermediate Russian (3 credits; 5 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisite: RUS1307 Intermediate Russian 2 or equivalent or any Kazakh Language Course
This is an upper intermediate level 1 course aimed at enhancing the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  The course is taught in Russian by native-speakers.  Vocabulary, and oral communication skills, as well as comprehension and production of written Russian, will be taught through a combination of class discussion and focused individual and group exercises, using tutor-recommended texts and multimedia resources.  The course will encourage students to read and comprehend news and journals in the original language; provide students an opportunity to bolster vocabulary for both literary and Kazakhstani contextual needs; conduct research and compose coherent written or recorded texts on various topics.  The communicative component will cover both everyday situations and formal presentations related to students’ research interests, focusing on vocabularies for specific needs, such as travel, business, socializing, or tourism.

RUS2001 Advanced Russian (3 credits; 5 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisite: RUS1308 Upper Intermediate 1, RUS1309 Upper Intermediate Russian 2 or equivalent
This course provides lower advanced students of Russian with an opportunity to continue their study of the language, concentrating on the development of the four skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. To strengthen their writing, students will be required to write several essays during the course of the semester. Work for the course will involve regular study of new vocabulary, reading a variety of texts, and writing essays. A main focus of this course is communication within a variety of contexts while trying to enhance listening, reading comprehension, and oral proficiency.

RUS2201 Conversational Russian 1 (3 credits; 5 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisites: RUS1303 Pre-Intermediate Russian
In addition to further vocabulary development, grammar review, and reading of contemporary prose essays, skills in conversation, translation, and composition are also stressed. It conducted mainly in Russian and supplemented by laboratory drills. The course deals with lengthy conversations as well as narrative and descriptive texts in both simplified and traditional characters. It helps students to express themselves in speaking and writing on a range of topics and raises their awareness of the connection between language and culture to foster the development of communicative competence.

RUS2202 Conversational Russian 2 (3 credits; 5 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisites: RUS1306 Intermediate Russian
This course continues to develop students’ conversational abilities through daily use of the target language. Students will engage in real-life situational role plays and engage in discussions of and make formal oral presentations of cultural and literary readings. This course promotes cultural awareness and communicative proficiency. This course will provide students with active command of both oral and written Russian stressed; it emphasizes the development of conversational skills and vocabulary building with readings on everyday topics.

RUS2203 Linguistics of Russian (3 credits; 5 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisite: LING1101 Fundamentals of Linguistics
An introductory linguistic course designed to order and supplement students’ knowledge of the sound system and the inflectional system of the verb.  A practical component on reading skills also focuses on the verb and methods of developing vocabulary. The course is conducted in Russian/English.

RUS3301 Survey to Russian Literature (4 credits; 6 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisite: ENG2101 Introduction to Literary Studies
Introduction to the classics of Russian literature in translation, beginning with Pushkin in the early nineteenth century and concluding with the works of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy in the later part of that century. This course provides a survey of Russian literature of the newly-concluded and wildly eventful 20th-century. The course is conducted in Russian/English.

RUS3302 Business Communication in Russian (3 credits; 5 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisites: Advanced-level proficiency in Russian
This course is designed for native speakers of Russian and for students with advanced knowledge of Russian as a second language. It is meant to provide students with a comprehensive view of Russian business communication, and its scope and importance in business. The course also aims to expand students’ awareness of certain important aspects of business life such as corporate culture, guiding principles of business ethics, cross-cultural relations in business, business communications by e-mail, Russian standards of office management and so forth. This course offers opportunities to develop communication skills through speaking and writing assignments and presentations based on research of real business cases.

RUS3303 Applied Russian Phonetics (2 credits; 3 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisite: RUS1302 Elementary Russian
This is a practical, hands-on course, which focuses primarily on conscious work on the pronunciation of difficult sounds and sound sequences in Russian. It places strong emphasis on teaching Russian intonation based on the standard system of seven Intonational Constructions. The work on difficult sounds and sound sequences progresses in two parallel directions, which correspond to two main sources of pronunciation errors. The first source of errors involves the new sounds, which do not have direct counterparts in English. The second source of errors is associated with discrepancies between spelling and pronunciation in Russian, and consequently, the course pays special attention to the reading rules. The course makes use of various types of authentic and culturally significant materials, such as proverbs, sayings, tongue-twisters, riddles, and poems. Not open to native speakers of Russian.

RUS3304 Russian through Films (2 credits; 3 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisites: RUS1306 Intermediate Russian
This course offers an overview of Russian films. During the course students will examine movies by video clips, selected dialogues, extensive reading, speaking, and writing exercises in Russian. Students will also develop an appreciation of the aesthetic and cultural values of Russian society and an understanding of 20th century Russian history on people’s lives, thinking, and expression.

RUS3305 Russian Language: Language of Mass Media and Newspaper (2 credits; 3 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisite: RUS1306 Intermediate Russian
This course covers introduction to the language of Russian media, including newspapers, magazines, TV, radio and the internet. It includes deep understanding of both the content of the selected materials and the linguistic characteristics of the language: its structures, vocabulary and style. The emphasis of the course is on improved reading comprehension through the study, analysis and discussion of a wide range of topics in the Russian media.  The course is designed to develop Russian language skills in conversation, reading, writing, and critical thinking in both practical and cultural situations through contemporary films, television programs, newspapers, magazines, and literary works.

RUS3306 Selected Topics in Russian Linguistics (3 credits; 6 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisite: RUS1306 Intermediate Russian
This course deals with advanced topics in Russian language linguistics. Subject emphasis varies from year to year.

RUS3307 Selected Topics in Russian Literature (3 credits; 6 credits of ECTS)
Prerequisite: RUS1306 Intermediate Russian
This course deals with advanced topics in Russian literature. Subject emphasis varies from year to year.

Scholarship opportunities
There are many opportunities for merit-based scholarships for Kazakhstani and international students.
While studying at KIMEP University, students may also apply for part-time positions available on the University campus.
Contact the Office of Financial Aid, if you would like to apply for scholarship.

Tuition & Fees

Career opportunities
Language degrees can open up opportunities in many areas:

  • Further education (research)
  • Education (teaching, educational management and consulting)
  • Professional, technical, and creative writing
  • Blogging, podcasting and social media
  • Digital content industry (e.g., web content creation and management, copywriting)
  • Translation and interpreting
  • Entertainment industry (e.g., game translator, subtitles and voiceover, screenwriting, editing, etc.)
  • Editing and publishing
  • Journalism and broadcasting
  • Public relation and HR
  • Marketing, advertising and PR
  • Private and government agencies
  • Business, logistics and sales
  • Training and educational software development agencies
  • Diplomacy and commerce
  • International organizations
  • Tourism and hospitality
  • Many others
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Juldyz Smagulova, PhD

Associate Professor, Dean

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Ph.D. in Sociolinguistics

Dr. Juldyz Smagulova received her Ph.D. in Sociolinguistics from King’s College London (2012, UK), her Candidate of Philological Sciences from al-Farabi Kazakh National University (2004, Kazakhstan), and her MA in Linguistics from the University of Minnesota (1999, USA).

Her research interests and expertise include language bilingualism, language socialization, interactional sociolinguistics, language education and teacher training, language policy and planning. She co-edited the Language Change in Central Asia (Mouton de Gruyter, 2016); and co-authored the bilingual Kazakh-Russian Dictionary of Sociolinguistics (Arman PV, Kazakhstan, 2008) and the Kazakh language textbook for Russian-medium schools (Grade 5, Atamura, 2015). She has articles published in Journal of Sociolinguistics, International Journal of Bilingualism, and International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism.

Dr. Smagulova teaches graduate courses Introduction to Second Language Acquisition, Second Language Acquisition Research, Introduction to Sociolinguistics, and Introduction to Bilingualism as well undergraduate Academic English courses. She provides consulting in the areas of language planning and policy and conducts trainings for language teachers.

Publications:

  • Smagulova, J. (2017). Ideologies of language revival: Kazakh as school talk. International Journal of Bilingualism. Special issue “Ideology, agency, and imagination in multilingual families” edited by K. King and E. Lanza. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/13670069166849202015
  • Smagulova, J. (2019). (adapted with Bekzhanova G., Tutbayeva Zh., Tutbayeva N. and Akisheva R.) English Sciences: Student’s Book. Grade 10. Cambridge University Press.
  • Ahn, E. & Smagulova, J. (Eds.) (2016). Language change in Central Asia. Berlin, Germany: Mouton de Gruyter. [In the Contributions to the Sociology of Language series edited by Joshua Fishman].
  • Ahn, E. & Smagulova, J. (Eds.) (2016). Examining education change in urban Kazakhstan: A short spatial story. In Silova, I. & Niyazov, S. (Eds.), Globalization on the margins: Education and post-socialist transformations in Central Asia (2nd ed.). Charlotte, NC: Information Age.
  • Ahn, E., Bahry, S., Niyozov, S. , Shamatov, D. & Smagulova, J. (2016). Bilingual education in Central Asia. In O. García et al. (Eds.), Bilingual and multilingual education, encyclopedia of language and education, (3rd ed.) New York, NY: Springer International Publishing.
  • Smagulova, J. & Yernazarova, Z. (2016). Teaching Kazakh literature in Kazakh to Russian speakers: Symbolic value or effective pedagogy? In Bakić-Mirić, N. & Gaipov, D. (Eds.), Going Forward: Recent developments in higher education (pp. 127-136). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.


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Karina Narymbetovа, CSc

Assistant Professor, Associate Dean

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CSc, Assistant Professor
LC Deputy Director

Karina Narymbetova received her Candidate of Philological Sciences from al-Farabi Kazakh National University (2009, Kazakhstan), and her MA in TESOL from KIMEP University (2016).

Her research interests are principally in the area of literary studies, language education, and teacher training. Her research on comparative literary studies was partly done under JFDP fellowship as a visiting scholar in 2004-2005 at the WSU and University of Washington, USA. She is a self-directed, action-oriented professional with over 20 years’ experience in education who has developed a diverse teaching and training record. As a British Council Researcher Connect Trainer she has worked in a training and consultancy capacity with teachers and researchers. She has made keynote and workshop presentations for many national and international conferences on various aspects of teaching & learning.

She teaches both undergraduate and graduate students and believes it is important to understand different learning styles and strengths that students bring to class. Her favorite part of teaching is searching for approaches to help struggling students to cope with challenging material.

Publications:

  • Narymbetova, K. (2019, august). Elementary literacy program in Kazakhstan. Learning from the past for the future: Literacy for all. Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Babeshko, Y. & Narymbetova, K. (2019, august). Are you “instateacher”? Academic literacy through social network sites. Learning from the past for the future: Literacy for all. Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Narymbetova, K., Kulichenko Y. (2016). Literacy and Education: raising the intellectual potential of Kazakhstan. Symposium proceedings New trends in Science and Education. pp. 76-78
  • Narymbetova, K, (2016). Literacy Assessment and Evaluation Practices in Kazakhstan: Teachers’ Perspective. Paper presented at the international conference 3rd Baltic – 17th Nordic Literacy Conference. Turku, Finland
  • Narymbetova, K. (2016). Kazakhstan in the works of American writers. In Y.K. Kalizhanov (Eds), Kazakh-American Literary relations: Present and Future. pp. 82-115
  • Narymbetova, K. (2016). American image in Kazakh literature. In Y.K. Kalizhanov (Eds), Kazakh-American Literary relations: Present and Future. pp. 116-138
  • Narymbetova, K. (2016). Poetry of Kanapiyanov, Kenzheyev and Kodar in foreign publications. In Y.K. Kalizhanov (Eds), Kazakh-American Literary relations: Present and Future. pp. 212-231
  • Narymbetova, K. (2017, April). Literacy assessment and evaluation practices in Kazakhstan: teachers’ perspective. Paper presented at the international conference “Governance and Communication: Between Modernity and Post-Modernity”, KIMEP. Almaty

Karina Narymbetova,
Senior Lecturer, CSc
LC Deputy Director
Language Center, KIMEP University
2, Abai Ave., 050010, Almaty
tel # 7 727 270-43-71, ext 2617
nkarina@kimep.kz


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John Sedwick Westbrook , MFA, MA

Senior Lecturer

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John Westbrook holds an MFA in Creative Writing, with a concentration in poetry, from the University of Florida (2012, USA). He completed an MA in English at the University of Tulsa (2017, USA) and a BA in English at the Rice University (2009, USA).

His research interests include contemporary Anglophone poetry, poetry in translation, and creative writing pedagogy. He formerly served as assistant poetry editor for the American literary journal Subtropics and now serves as co-editor of KIMEP’s new humanities journal Language, Culture, Environment. His poems and translations have appeared in publications such as the Manchester Review, the New Criterion, and the Southern Review.

Mr. Westbrook teaches Academic Reading and Writing II and Introduction to Films.


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Vivienne Ruth Westbrook, PhD

Professor

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Dr. Vivienne Westbrook received her Ph.D. in Reformation Biblical and Cultural Translation from the University of Manchester (1998), her M.Phil. in Renaissance Paratext (1995) and her M.Ed. in Educational Psychology (2000). She received her M.A. in Screenwriting from the University of London and The London Film School (2008). She holds a range of degree-level qualifications, including Business Studies (1984), Literary Studies (1992), English Literature and Language (1994), Psychology (2000) and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (2018).

Her current research interests and expertise include Renaissance culture and its subsequent transformations and adaptations, philosophies of humour, maritime environmental humanities and screenwriting. She is the General Editor of the two Routledge series: Humour in Literature and Culture, and Oceans, Seas and Shorelines: a natural and cultural environmental history. She has three books and two more series currently in process. She is an experienced international conference presenter and book and journal editor who has also published five books, sixteen articles and twelve book chapters. Her eighteen scripts for teaching Business English have been televised in China and Taiwan repeatedly. Her most recent work is Westbrook, Vivienne and Shun-liang Chao (Eds.), Humour in the Arts: New Perspectives(London and New York: Routledge, 1 August, 2018; 2019) and Westbrook, Vivienne, Shaun Collin, Dean Crawford and Mark Nicholls, Sharks in the Arts: from Feared to Revered(London and New York: Routledge, 17 May, 2018).

Dr. Westbrook has devised and taught numerous graduate courses, and supervised theses, in the areas of Renaissance Literature and Culture, Film Adaptation, Humour and Screenwriting. She is currently teaching undergraduate courses in Academic Writing, Creative Writing and Shakespeare for Business.


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Basem Al-Raba’a, PhD

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Basem Al-Raba’a holds a dual Ph.D. in Linguistics and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from Indiana University Bloomington (2017, USA). He completed his MA in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University Bloomington (2013, USA), his MA in Linguistics at Yarmouk University (2009, Jordan), and his BA in English Language at Yarmouk University (2004, Jordan).

His main area of research is Arabic syntax, but his work also focuses on the morphosyntax-semantics interface. He has been particularly working on reflexivity, reciprocality, transitivity, theta and Case marking, and participles. Other areas of interest include Arabic phonology and sociolinguistics.

Dr. Al-Raba’a teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, such as Language and its structure I: Phonetics and Phonology, Language and its structure II: Morphology and Syntax, Introduction to Language and Society, and Language Analysis for Language Instructors: Formal and Functional Grammars.


Askat Tleuov

Askat Tleuov

Assistant Professor

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PhD in Education

Dr Askat Tleuov received his PhD in Education from the University of Bath, UK in 2017. He has significant experience in English language teaching, working as an EFL teacher, lecturer, teacher educator and researcher in Kazakhstan and the United Kingdom.

Askat specializes in teacher cognition, teacher education, and teacher professional development. He has a particular interest in teacher knowledge, beliefs and perceptions; how these are enacted in practice; and the personal, educational and professional experiences which influence their development. Another strand of his research focuses on policy studies and politics of education. His recent research project involves the investigation of state and institution-wide research internationalization policies in Kazakhstan.

Dr Tleuov has been involved in teaching both undergraduate and graduate level courses that range from Academic English course to Introduction to Second Language Acquisition, Research Methods, and Learning Evaluation & Assessment in Language Education. He has supervised a number of Master level dissertations as well.


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George Rueckert, PhD

Assistant Professor for English and Translation,
Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

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PhD in Comparative Literature

(PhD University of Washington; MA Kansas State University; BA College of William & Mary)

Dr. George Rueckert is the Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Programs at the KIMEP Language Center and teaches all levels of English, as well as Russian-English translation.  He earned his BA and MA degrees in English and his PhD in Comparative Literature, specializing in Russian and German.  He worked for the European Union in Seattle USA and later taught English and translation in Germany before coming to Almaty in 2011.

His scholarly interests include translation and translation theory, semiotic and hermeneutic theory, verse translation and poetics, and 19th and 20th century literature and culture, particularly the Russian Romantic and Symbolist Periods, on which he has published several articles.  He has also taught seminars on Cold War culture and extensively in TESOL.  He is a working practical translator.

Dr. Rueckert regularly  teaches graduate courses in Formal and Functional Grammar and in Grammar in Social Context, as well as undergraduate courses in Academic English, translation, and literature.   He is married and has two small children.

Rueckert, George (2001).  “A.A. Bestuzhev-Marlinsky and the Critical Theory of the Novel.”  Nineteenth-Century Prose 28:1.  21-45.

Rueckert, George and Yuzefpolskaya, Sofiya (2006).  “No Empty Game:  Arsenij Tarkovskij’s Memorial Poems to N.A. Zabolotskij and A.A. Akhmatova.”  Slavic and East European Journal 50.2.  274-309.

Rueckert, George (2008).  “Translation as sentimental education:  Zhukovskij’s Sel’skoe kladbishche.”  Sign Systems Studies 36.2.  399-416.

 

Sagadiev, Kenzhegali (2012).  Reforms in Kazakhstan:  An Analytical View.  Trans. Rueckert, George.  Almaty:  Business Media.  ISBN:  978-601-7144-65-4.

Tarkovskii, Arsenii (2016).  “Selected Poems.”  Trans. Rueckert, George and Yuzefpolskaya, Sofiya. Bulletin of the Pushkin Society in America 1:2.  24-28.


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Kara Fleming, PhD

Assistant Professor

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PhD in Linguistics, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China (2015)

M.St. General Linguistics and Comparative Philology, University of Oxford, UK

Kara Fleming is an assistant professor in the Language Center. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Hong Kong and her M.St. in Linguistics from the University of Oxford. Her research interests include language ideologies, language policy, multilingualism, and the relationships between language and ethnic and national identity. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in several international peer-reviewed edited volumes and journals, such as Language Ecology, and her monograph co-authored with Umberto Ansaldo, Revivals, nationalism, and linguistic discrimination: Threatening languages, is forthcoming with Routledge in 2020.

Dr Fleming teaches graduate courses including Introduction to Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; and Curriculum and Materials Development for TESOL; her undergraduate teaching includes Fundamentals of Linguistics; Language in Society, and academic English courses.

Selected publications:

Fleming, K., & Ansaldo, U. (forthcoming). Threatening languages: Revivals, nationalism, and linguistic discrimination. London: Routledge.

Fleming, K. (in preparation b). Poststructuralist approaches to language contact. In U. Ansaldo & M. Meyerhoff (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Pidgin and Creole Languages. London: Routledge.

Fleming, K. (2019a). Language, scale, and ideologies of the national in Kazakhstan. In S. Dovchin & T. Barrett (Eds.), Critical Inquiries in the Studies of Sociolinguistics of Globalization. Multilingual Matters.

Fleming, K. (2019b). Who is “diverse”?: (In)tolerance, education, and race in Hong Kong. In J. Gube & F. Gao (Eds.), Education, ethnicity and equity in the multilingual Asian context. Springer.

Fleming, K. (2018). Transformative multilingualism?: Class, race and linguistic repertoires in Hong Kong. In J. Jaspers & L. M. Madsen (Eds.), Languagised lives: Fixity and fluidity in sociolinguistic theory and practice. London: Routledge.

Fleming, K. (2017). Hong Kong’s language ecology and the racialized linguistic order. Language Ecology, 1(1), 25–43. https://doi.org/10.1075/le.1.1.03fle

Fleming, K. (2015a). Constructing categories in a multilingual Hong Kong school. In M. O’Sullivan, D. Huddart, & C. Lee (Eds.), The future of English in Asia: Perspectives on language and literature (pp. 75–92). London: Routledge.

Fleming, K. (2015b). Ideology, identity, and linguistic repertoires among South Asian students in Hong Kong (Unpublished Ph.D. Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.


Konstantinos Kristofer Dimitriou (6)

Konstantinos Kristofer Dimitriou

Assistant Professor

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Assistant Professor

PhD in Education (University of Bath, UK), MSc Educational Research (University of Manchester), M.A. Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (University of Birmingham), Post-graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher & Professional Education (Institute of Education, London)

Dr. Dimitriou has over twenty years of teaching experience in Academic Literacy and Applied Linguistics. His previous experience ranges from Queen Mary University of London to the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. His doctoral research investigation was on tertiary academic literacy processes. His present research is into gamification and intercultural communication. Konstantinos has previously studied and presented on the topics of bilingual language development, bilingual parenting, academic culture, feedback processes, tertiary student writing voice & critical writing, corpora in teaching, and academic plagiarism.

The range of graduate and undergraduate level courses which Dr. Dimitriou has taught include Research Methods, Thesis writing, Introduction to Second Language Acquisition Research and Writing for Law.


Maganat Shegebayev (1)

Maganat Shegebayev, MA TESOL

Assistant Professor

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DBA
KIMEP University, Kazakhstan, Almaty (2012)

Dr. Shegebayev is an assistant professor of KIMEP Language Center.  One of the Kazakhstan’s first-wave Bolashak International Scholarship awardees, he received a Master of Arts degree in TESOL from Fairfield University, USA; he then received a Doctor of Business Administration degree from KIMEP University.  Dr. Shegebayev has had twenty years of teaching and administrative experience and has been distinguished with the awards for academic and service achievements.  Three times in his pedagogical practice he has been awarded with the Certificate of Teaching Excellence.

In his activities, Dr. Shegebayev has served as a task force member to develop national program Intellectual Nation-2020 for the government of Kazakhstan.  He has authored and co-authored a number of international publications; he has been involved in various educational and research projects across Kazakhstan and abroad, which include collaboration with Indiana University (Bloomington, IN), Institute Aminuddin Baki (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), George Washington University (Washington, D.C.), and Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (Oslo, Norway).  His research interests include topics related to linguistics, language policy and planning, critical thinking, business communication and educational management.

The range of graduate and undergraduate level courses which Dr. Shegebayev has taught includes Academic English, Critical Thinking, Educational Technology, Business Correspondence and Communication, General & Business English, and Foundation English.  He has also taught Business English certificate courses of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI English for Business, levels 1, 2 and 3) to corporate clients from Central Asian countries.  As a part of the international teaching mobility, Dr. Shegebayev has been invited as a visiting professor to universities in Turkey and Hungary.

 

Selected research publications:

Shegebayev, M. (December, 2015).  Corpus Building in Kazakhstan: An Examination of the Terminology Development in the Oil and Gas Sector.  A chapter for Language Change in Central Asia, Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter Mouton. (E. Ahn & J. Smagulova (Eds.)), http://www.degruyter.com/view/books/9781614514534/9781614514534-010/9781614514534-010.xml

Ahn, E., Shegebayev, M. (in progress). In the Absence of Research Governance: Constructing a Contextually-Informed Research Ethic.  A chapter for Reimagining utopias: Theory and method for educational research in post-socialist contexts volume (I. Silova, N. Sobe, A. Korzh, & S. Kovalchuk (Eds.)).

Shegebayev, M., Seitova, A. (in progress).  A chapter on Kazakhstan in Perceptions of Educational Leadership and Culture: a Comparative Study book project coordinated by the National Institute of Educational Management and Leadership, Malaysia.

Shegebayev, M. (in progress).  Linguistic diversity and business communication in today’s Kazakhstan.  A  chapter for Sociolinguistic transition in former Soviet and Eastern Bloc countries: Recent developments in two decades after the regime change (P. Laihonen, M. Sloboda & A. Zabrodskaja (Eds.)) for Peter Lang’s series Prague Papers on Language, Society and Interaction / Prager Arbeiten zur Sprache, Gesellschaft und Interaktion, edited by Jiří Nekvapil, Tamah Sherman and Petr Kaderka.

Burkhalter, N. & Shegebayev, M. (2012) Critical Thinking as Culture: Teaching Post-Soviet Teachers in Kazakhstan.  The International Review of Education (Vol. 58, 1), http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11159-012-9285-5

Burkhalter, N. & Shegebayev, M. (2010).  The Critical Thinking Movement in Kazakhstan: A Progress Report.  Research in Comparative and International Education (RCIE), December issue, http://rci.sagepub.com/content/5/4/434.full.pdf+html

Smagulova, A., Shegebayev, M., Garkavenko, V. & Boolaky, M., (2009). Ethical Practices & Social Responsibility of Kazakhstani Tourism Business: A Pilot Study in the Tour Operator Sector. Central Asia Business Journal, November issue, Vol. 2, http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.455.9559&rep=rep1&type=pdf

 

Contact Information:

Phone: (7-727) 270-43-67, ext. 2137

Office: #225/Dostyk

E-mail: magas@kimep.kz

Skype: maganatkz

DBA KIMEP University, Kazakhstan, Almaty (2012)


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Su Jin Lee, PhD

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Su Jin Lee is an assistant professor of Language Center, KIMEP University. She received her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2009. Prior to joining KIMEP, she was a head researcher and director of Practical English Education Center at Hanyang University, South Korea. Her research interests focus on three interrelated areas of concerns: a) effective instructional methods to develop English as a Second/Foreign Language (ESL/FL) learners’ literacy skills; b) flipped learning strategies to engage ESL/FL learners; and c) young learners’ ESL/FL literacy development. Most importantly, Dr. Lee is passionate and enthusiastic about her teaching; she constantly improves her teaching skills to help students be knowledgeable and critical about content areas. Dr. Lee is currently teaching Academic Reading and Writing II, Academic English Speaking, Curriculum Design, Teaching English through Children’s Literature, Introduction to Second Language Acquisition and Second Language Acquisition Research.

Current Publications

  • Lee, S. J. & Lee, D. (2016). Effects of Corrective Feedback on Grammatical Accuracy of EFL Writing. Learner-centered Curriculum and Instruction, 16(11).
  • Lee, D. & Lee, S. J. (2017). Effect of Two Types of Feedback on Accuracy Development of L2 Writing. Learner-centered Curriculum and Instruction, 17(17).
  • Lee, S. J. & Yoon, H. K. (2018). Input talks: a case study of one experienced preschool teacher’s use of English input. Learner-centered Curriculum and Instruction, 18(16).
  • Lee, S. J. (in progress). Kazakhstani graduate students’ perceptions of flipped instruction. The Journal of Modern British & American Language & Literature 37(1).