Efforts to Improve Kazakh Language
This is a translation of the post by our Russian-language author Nurgeldy.
September 22 is celebrated as a Day of Languages in Kazakhstan. Usually, such days are meant to provoke some thought about achievements or troubles. But it is much more important to work for improvement of the situation and to do this work daily.
The situation with state language in the country remains difficult. New report by the Association of Sociologists and Politologists of Kazakhstan proves that:
First, the urban population prefers Russian language; Second, re-orientation of the people for state-language domination has very slow pace and is hardly implementable in short period of time; Third, taking into account low migration trends among the Russian-speaking population and reluctance to study Kazakh language by a large part of them, inculcation of state language will remain a rather complicated process.
However, improvements are taking place thanks to the people who seriously started studying Kazakh language and those who give them a hand in this endeavor. There is a Training Center under the Department for Language Development in Kustanai. Public employees have chance to study Kazakh and English languages for free. Tutors are experienced educators recruited by the Public Service Agency. Students are awarded with certificates upon completion of courses.
Currently there are 80 groups with 10-15 students in each. Besides, the Kustanai Palace of Friendship together with national cultural centers (public organizations of ethnic minorities) launched a sunday school for those who want to study their native language.
My mother tongue is Kazakh. Regretfully, I know it much worse than Russian, but I hope to correct such state of things. I’m going to check the efficiency of the Training Center by my personal experience.