In this academic year, the Foreign Languages Theory and Practice Chair is fully engaged in considering the possibilities of creating two-diploma programs in the specialty “Foreign Language: Two Foreign Languages (Basic English)” with European universities that have good experience in training teachers of English and other foreign languages.
One of the first universities that showed interest in the educational programs of the Philological Faculty was one of the leading universities in Poland in the field of linguistic didactics and methodology of teaching foreign languages – the University of Silesia in Katowice (Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach), in particular the Institute of Foreign Languages.
Silesian University in Katowice was founded in 1968 and trains 30 thousand students in 12 faculties. The University conducts training in 200 specialties, 13 of which are educational programs in English.
Having conducted preliminary work in the form of correspondence, the Foreign Languages Theory and Practice Chair suggested that they should conduct skype negotiations with the Institute of Foreign Languages of the Polish University and discuss further opportunities for cooperation between the universities within the framework of opening of two-diploma master’s program for training teachers of two foreign languages. The moderator of the negotiations from ENU was the initiator of this cooperation, head of the chair Beisembayeva Zh.A. From the University of Silesia the speaker was Dean of the Institute of Foreign Languages, Professor Adam Wojtaszek. Active participants of the negotiations were Madyarbekova A., an International Office expert and senior lecturer of the General Linguistics and Translation Theory Chair M Yeskindirova.
Having discussed all the features of the two existing educational programs of the universities, the parties came to the following conclusion: there is a good platform for creating two-diploma programs in “Teacher Training”, “Interpreting and Translation”, “Business Foreign Language”, “Foreign Philology”. The terms of study at the master program and the internal requirements for undergraduates and master’s thesis in the two universities coincide. Nevertheless, after the exchange of educational programs, the both parties have yet to study and discuss not only the content of the future two-diploma program, but also reflect all the financial aspects of the upcoming cooperation between Kazakhstan and Poland.