Trilingual education in Kazakhstani universities: Use of Kazakh, Russian and motivation towards learning English
Saule Polatova, Gulsim Lekerova
M. Auezov South Kazakhstan State University, Kazakhstan
Miras University, Kazakhstan
International Humanitarian-Technical University, Kazakhstan
South Kazakhstan State Pedagogical University, Kazakhstan
The development of trilingual education in Kazakhstan is an issue of national importance. The present study was conducted in two of Kazakhstan's universities to investigate the motivational conditions facilitating the learning of English as a third language. The participants were 218 students studying at the M. Auezov South Kazakhstan University, a state educational institution (n=115) and Miras University, a private university (n=103) in the 2019-2020 academic year. Data were collected using a researcher-made questionnaire, designed to investigate the students' language use in various settings, their motivation toward learning English, and English proficiency. In addition, a focus group interview was used to obtain supplementary qualitative data. The findings from this study emphasise that to ensure the effectiveness of learning English as a foreign language, improved motivation and organisation are crucial factors.
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|Authors: Saule Polatova (corresponding author) is a PhD student in Pedagogy and Psychology Specialty at M. Auezov South Kazakhstan State University, Shymkent, Kazakhstan. Her research interests are multilingual education, innovative technologies and teacher education.|
Dr Gulsim Lekerova is Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Academician of the International Academy of Psychological Sciences, renowned scientist in the field of educational psychology. She is the head of the scientific direction "Scientific and methodological foundations of training future psychologists and speech pathologists in modern innovative conditions".
Dildar Kistaubaeva is a Candidate in Philological Sciences of Kazakh Language and Literature Department at Miras University, Shymkent, Kazakhstan. Her research interests include national-cultural specificity of somatological characteristics in the consciousness of Russian and Kazakh languages. Email: email@example.com
Rashida Zhanaliyeva is Candidate of Chemical Sciences, Professor of Chemistry, Biology and Ecology Department at International Humanitarian-Technical University, Shymkent, Kazakhstan. Her research is into the fundamentals of chemical methods for qualitative and quantitative analysis, and physico-chemical methods of analysis.
Altynai Kalzhanova is Candidate of Philological Sciences of Russian Language and Literature Department at South Kazakhstan State Pedagogical University, Shymkent, Kazakhstan. Her research interests include relationships of emotive and colour vocabulary in the linguistic consciousness of multilingual individuals (Russian and Kazakhs) from the point of view of their national-cultural specificity.
Please cite as: Polatova, S., Lekerova, G., Kistaubaeva, D., Zhanaliyeva, R. & Kalzhanova, A. (2020). Trilingual education in Kazakhstani universities: Use of Kazakh, Russian and motivation towards learning English. Issues in Educational Research, 30(4), 1463-1483. http://www.iier.org.au/iier30/polatova.pdf