University of Central Asia and British Council organize inaugural English Language Festival in Tekeli and Taldykorgan
Taldykorgan, Kazakhstan, 11 March 2012 – The University of Central Asia (UCA) and British Council, Kazakhstan jointly organized its inaugural English Language Festival in Tekeli and Taldykorgan on 10 and 11 March 2012, respectively. Representatives of city and oblast akimats, schools and Aynalayin orphanage were present at the opening ceremony held at Dom Drujby, Taldykorgan.
The Festival was specially targeted to English language learners, teachers, adults and children, aiming to introduce English language instructors to interactive teaching methods and professional development opportunities. Online resources were also available for children and adults learning English language.
The Festival programme included an exhibition, registration assistance to English language website resources, and materials and handouts from the British Council for instructors and learners. Besides interactive games and workshops, there was a quiz on the United Kingdom and London Olympic Games to encourage learners to understand the origins of the English language.
“Our first English language festival was targeted to a wide audience – children, adults, teachers, and English language learners. We hope to continue using innovative methods of engaging children and adult learners. We organised an English speaking corner with native speakers to enhance linguistic knowledge and exposure for our participants,” said Indira Aitbay, Manager Academic Affairs of UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education.
Since 2006, SPCE has graduated over 7,900 students from Tekeli and Taldykorgan with professional qualifications in accounting, entrepreneurship, tourism development, vocational education, and applied languages that have improved their employment and income generating opportunities. The School is Central Asia’s leading provider of post-secondary, short-cycle education with learning facilities in Tekeli and Taldykorgan, Kazakhstan; Khorog and Dushanbe, Tajikistan; Naryn and Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic; and Faizabad, Afghanistan.