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Developing Kazakh Language Fluency Test in Nazarbayev University

Authors: Saule Mussabekova, Samal Abzhanova

Abstract:

The Kazakh Language Fluency Test, based on the IELTS exam, was implemented in 2012 at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan. We would like to share our experience in developing this exam and some exam results with other language instructors. In this paper, we will cover all these peculiarities and their related issues. The Kazakh Language Fluency Test is a young exam. During its development, we faced many difficulties. One of the goals of the university and the country is to encourage fluency in the Kazakh language for all citizens of the Republic. Nazarbayev University has introduced a Kazakh language program to assist in achieving this goal. This policy is one-step in ensuring that NU students have a thorough understanding of the Kazakh language through a fluency test based on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The Kazakh Language Fluency Test exam aims to determine student’s knowledge of Kazakh language. The fact is that there are three types of students at Nazarbayev University: Kazakh-speaking heritage learners, Russian-speaking and English-speaking students. Unfortunately, we have Kazakh students who do not speak Kazakh. All students who finished school with Russian language instruction are given Kazakh Language Fluency Test in order to determine their Kazakh level. After the test exam, all students can choose appropriate Kazakh course: Basic Kazakh, Intermediate Kazakh and Upper-Intermediate Kazakh. The Kazakh Language Fluency Test consists of four parts: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. They are taken on the same day in the abovementioned order.

Keywords: Diagnostic language test, Kazakh language, placement test, test result.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1127200

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[1] The System of Evaluation of the Level of the Language Level http://m.kazakhtest.kz/en/
[2] The official web-site of KAZTEST system http://m.kazakhtest.kz/en/tech/
[3] Newspaper “Adilet” (Justice) http://adiletgazeti.kz/ajma/255-aztest-ba-alaudy-otandy-zh-jesi
[4] Caspian Training Group, http://ctgroup.kz/
[5] International English Language Testing System www.ielts.org
[6] Zh. Baiteliyeva, “Kazakh Language Fluency Test as a New Approach in Testing System,” unpublished.
[7] Kazakh Language Fluency Test, Nazarbayev University, Astana, 2015