Kazakhstan is the ninth largest country in the world by size but boasts a population of less than 18 million. Kokshetau is a medium-sized industrial city with well-developed infrastructure located in the north of Kazakhstan; it is the administrative center of Akmola Region. Kokshetau is subject to extremely cold temperatures in winter, often approaching -40 F or even lower. It is also windy most of the year. Fall and spring are brief and summers usually mild. Kokshetau often receives snow and this can lead to ice on sidewalks and entrances to buildings. Due to the climate and transportation system, winter poses another challenge, namely finding a variety of fresh vegetables. Canned and frozen vegetables can be found, but winter offerings usually consist of carrots, potatoes, beets, onions, cucumbers and tomatoes. It may be possible to find other fresh vegetables in the winter but those are usually expensive or available in very limited quantities. Public transport within the city is pretty reliable and cheap; taxis are available as well. Traveling to other cities usually requires travel by train/bus/taxi to Astana, the national capital (300 km or 190 ml), and then to the final destination. The Kokshetau area is known for its two national parks, Burabay and Kokshetau. The city of Kokshetau is located on the shores of Lake Kopa.
Host Institution: Sh. Ualikhanov Kokshetau State University
Sh. Ualikhanov Kokshetau State University is a modern, actively developing higher educational institution with great traditions, great potential and serious plans for the future. There are 5 faculties at the university where 6,000 students are trained in 53 specialties of bachelor’s degree in full-time, evening and correspondence forms of study, 28 specialties at the master’s level, and 6 specialties at the doctorate level. Preparation of students is carried out by more than 400 teachers. Among them, there are 21 doctors of sciences, 16 professors, 7 Ph.D. holders, 42 associate professors, and 193 master’s degree holders. The pride of the university are the teachers who were named “the best teacher of the university” in a Ministry of Education and Science contest. In recent years, 40 teachers of the university have been awarded this honorable title.
- The Fellow will teach general English and teaching methodology to graduate and undergraduate students.
- The Fellow will conduct workshops/give presentations to EL teachers of the English language department/university.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Work with the local EL teachers’ association.
- Provide occasional trainings for the In-Service Institute in Kokshetau.