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International research-to-practice conference «Trilingual education: national and international Experience»

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JSC «Information-Analytic Center» under MEoS of the Republic of Kazakhstan organized an international research-to-practice conference «Trilingual education: national and international experience» on November 23-24, 2016 in Astana.

The aim of the conference was to discuss national and international experience in implementing trilingual education in Kazakhstani schools and pre-service teacher training universities.

The director of Department of pre-school and secondary education of MEoS Zhanyl Zhontayeva, the president of JSC "IAC" Serik Irsaliev and the director of the English language program of the British Council in Kazakhstan Nasser Ameri opened the conference with welcoming speeches.

On the first day, leading foreign experts such as Peeter Mehisto (Great Britain), Fred Genesee (Canada), Hugo Baetens Beardsmore (Belgium), William Fierman (USA), Anwei Feng (China), Kathleen Heugh (Australia), Elite Olshtain (Israel) presented key note speeches about the implementation of trilingual education. All experts are emeritus professors, experts in the field of multilingual education, authors of many books and articles. For many years, Peter Mehisto, Fred Genesee and William Fierman have been exploring language problems in Central Asia, including Kazakhstan.

During the conference, plenary sessions were devoted to the discussion of national and international experience, empirical research studies in the context of trilingual education. Participants had an opportunity to attend workshops on organization of trilingual education, models of trilingual education, organization of teacher training in universities, the needs of children with learning difficulties, socio-linguistic factors affecting class-lesson practice, the role and the use “translanguaging” method in modern multilingual education, content and language integrated learning and language immersion.

There were 16 workshops and 8 panel sessions, more than 100 reports of Kazakhstani and international experts in the field of education.

More than 300 people participated in the conference including representatives of MEoS of the Republic of Kazakhstan and subordinate organizations, leaders, university and school teachers (urban, rural and ungraded schools), and also students of bachelor, master and doctor levels, researchers and other stakeholders.

Upon completion, the participants were awarded with certificates of participation, delivering reports and conduction of workshops.

Based on the results of the conference final recommendations were elaborated and sent to the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan for further development of trilingual education programs in secondary schools and universities of Kazakhstan.

All the presentations will be available soon at the website