The professional development program courses for secondary-school teachers continue in the framework of the implementation of trilingual education in Kazakhstan
On July 5th, 2017 in 16 cities of Kazakhstan, the certificates awarding ceremony for the secondary - school teachers – the graduates of the professional development program (hereinafter -PDP), was organized by the Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education. During the three months of the professional development program, 829 teachers of physics, chemistry, biology, and informatics from 14 regions of the republic and cities of Astana and Almaty were trained in language courses.
The main aim of the PDP courses was to improve the level of English language proficiency - understanding of the subject terminology and academic language with the pedagogical staff of the natural science and mathematics direction of secondary mainstreams schools.
"Increasing your professionalism, mastering the English language, all the work that you have done on the courses, which you will continue in your schools, will contribute to the prosperous future of our children. We can say, you are now becoming change agents in the educational system, and in your schools. Your diligent work on the Nazarbayev University courses is a contribution, not only, to the nationwide state program in the frame of trilingual policy, but, the preparation of the competitive youth, and, ultimately, the contribution to the overall competitiveness of Kazakhstan on the global level "said Aida Sagintayeva, the Dean of the Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education.
The present PDP course is the first step in the preparation of teachers for the transition to trilingual education. It is planned that further, graduates of the PDP course will pass higher levels of language training and will study a methodology that has great advantages - CLIL (Content and Language Integrating Learning), - integrated teaching of a specific subject and a foreign language simultaneously.
For the reference: In 2019 it is recommended in the secondary- schools in 10, 11 grades to study two of the four (optional) subjects of the natural science cycle - chemistry, physics, informatics, and biology - in English.