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    • ISSN: 2010-3689
    • Frequency: Bimonthly (2011-2014); Monthly (Since 2015)
    • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
    • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
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Editor-in-chief
Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
University of South Australia, Australia
It is my honor to be the editor-in-chief of IJIET. The journal publishes good papers which focous on the advanced researches in the field of information and education technology. Hopefully, IJIET will become a recognized journal among the scholars in the filed of information and education technology.
IJIET 2016 Vol.6(2): 153-156 ISSN: 2010-3689
DOI: 10.7763/IJIET.2016.V6.676

Will Bilingualism Be Valid among the Younger Generations in Kazakhstan?

Ziash Suleimenova and Altynay Tursun
Abstract—Large parts of the titular population in Kazakhstan have a better command of Russian than of their own ‘mother tongue’, or they could not speak their mother tongue at all.Some Kazakhs prefer to use the Russian language in daily conversation, and do so without any pangs of guilty conscience. Some Russian-speaking Kazakhs had started sending their youngsters to Kazakh-medium schools in the hopes that the school could provide them with skills in Kazakh that they themselves lack. The study focuses on these issues of the language policy in Kazakhstan in general, and bilingualism in particular. There are voices that additional languages present a threat to the national language. Besides, teaching of Russian and English threaten the development of national identity. The problem under investigation is whether younger generations will keep the retention as to the bilingualism. Or else the trilingual policy offered by the President Nazarbayev will make the country a multilingual community.

Index Terms—Large parts of the titular population in Kazakhstan have a better command of Russian than of their own ‘mother tongue’, or they could not speak their mother tongue at all.Some Kazakhs prefer to use the Russian language in daily conversation, and do so without any pangs of guilty conscience. Some Russian-speaking Kazakhs had started sending their youngsters to Kazakh-medium schools in the hopes that the school could provide them with skills in Kazakh that they themselves lack. The study focuses on these issues of the language policy in Kazakhstan in general, and bilingualism in particular. There are voices that additional languages present a threat to the national language. Besides, teaching of Russian and English threaten the development of national identity. The problem under investigation is whether younger generations will keep the retention as to the bilingualism. Or else the trilingual policy offered by the President Nazarbayev will make the country a multilingual community.

The authors are with the KIMEP University, Almaty, Kazakhstan (e-mail: ziash@kimep.kz, atursun@kimep.kz).

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Cite: Ziash Suleimenova and Altynay Tursun, "Will Bilingualism Be Valid among the Younger Generations in Kazakhstan?," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 153-156, 2016.

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