The Kazakh Language for Specific Purposes: Kazakh for Business

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In the last decade of the last century, there has been a
growing tendency to classify the Kazakh for Special Purposes (KSP) as
an academic subject because of the economic situation in the country.
The intensive development of modern Kazakhstani society has resulted
in a high level of competition, so the future specialists must demonstrate
higher levels of socio-economic and professional mobility and
communicative competence. Teaching KSP has begun at universities,
as well as at language training centers. Development of all language
skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) is carried out in a
professionally oriented and business focused model. Therefore, the
emergence of new models of language education has appeared, with the
use of modern methods and technologies in universities resulting in the
increase of students’ future professional competence, and
comprehensive knowledge. Nazarbayev University, which is the
youngest university in Kazakhstan, is an international university
dedicated to creating a special educational environment for young
students from Kazakhstan and abroad based upon the best international
practices. For this reason, the students have an English-language
environment on campus and the faculty draw upon scholar-teachers
from all around the world. At the same time, this University has a large
department dedicated to the Kazakh language. In order to meet the
strategic goals of the University, we, the instructors of the Kazakh
language department prepared a policy of the Kazakh language. Yet,
the need for a conceptual and holistic approach to the problems of the
Kazakh language teaching in English medium environment remains
relevant. The Department offers General Kazakh language courses, as
well courses for Specific Purposes to fulfill professional needs of
Kazakh language learners. Methodology. The study uses descriptive
and analytic methods. This paper observes the development of Kazakh
for special purposes (KSP) and its subcategories, such as Kazakh for
Business (KB). The development of KSP, as well as Kazakh for business
was described in comparison with the history of ESP. This study aims
to assess the practice of researchers, instructors, and certain scholars.
Project goal and objectives: defining the steps to designing a Kazakh
for specific purposes (KSP) course at NU, results of needs analysis,
data gathering, analyzing student learning outcomes. The analysis of
the practical activity of higher education confirms the growing need for
the education of a critically thinking person. In connection with this, we
would like to share our practice in teaching experience using the
elements of the Critical Thinking technology in KB classes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJournal of Foreign Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics
Number of pages7
VolumeVolume 5
EditionNumber. 2 - 2018
ISBN (Print)2303-5528
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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