E.G. Shovkovich, G.T. Khukhuni
Moscow Region State University
Issue 37

   This study focuses on the issue of multilingual education and some aspects of multilingual education in the Republic of Kazakhstan are considered here as an example. The Republic of Kazakhstan is a state consisting of several national groups. In order to give children of all nationalities a quality education, a new approach to learning has appeared in Kazakhstan: a trilingual system. 
   The purpose of the study was to examine the language situation in the Republic of Kazakhstan and find out how education is conducted there, how the education system has changed since the Soviet Union, how representatives of this country treat multilingual education. To achieve these goals, the following tasks were used: to study the theoretical and methodological aspects of the research problem based on the data of special literature; to analyze the language situation in the Republic of Kazakhstan; to conduct a survey to find out the opinion of representatives of Kazakhstan about their new education system; to test first-graders in order to determine their level of knowledge; to compare the modern school education and education of the Soviet period in Kazakhstan. The results of the analysis presented in the article show that at the stage of transition to a new trilingual education system in Kazakhstan, there are certain difficulties in mastering languages.  

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Shovkovich, E.G. & Khukhuni, G.T. (2020). Polylinguism in education (on the example of Kazakhstan). Issues of Applied Linguistics, 37, 122-144. doi: https://doi.org/10.25076/vpl.37.06

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