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Staff :: Begaim Adilkhanova, MA

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Kazakh Language Developer, Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region (CeLCAR)

English Teacher, Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Chemistry and Biology, Shymkent, Kazakhstan
Office: Shymkent, Micro district “Nursat” 1-A
Phone: +7701 740 46 90; +7 (7252) 42 51 70


-Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program (FLTA), Indiana University 2012-2013
-M.A. The International Kazakh-Turkish University, 2007
-B.A. The International Kazakh-Turkish University, 2004

  • English teacher, Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Chemistry and Biology in Shymkent, 2013
  • Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at Indiana University, Bloomington, 2012-2013
  • Assistant - interpreter for OSCE long-term observers, 2011-2012
  • English teacher, Specialized Gymnasium with Teaching in Three Languages, 2008-2012
  • Language and Cross-Cultural Facilitator, The US Peace Corps in Kazakhstan, 2010
  • English teacher, The International Kazakh-Turkish University, 2004-2008

    Research Interests:
  • Kazakh Instrumental Music in Developing Language Skills
  • Implementing Deep Approach in Teaching Kazakh

Short Biography:
Begaim Adilkhanova was born in Shymkent, South Kazakhstan, in the family of teachers. Since childhood she was interested in playing the dombyra and singing Kazakh songs along with studying at music school for seven years to play the piano. Thanks to her grandfather, she loves Kazakh poetry, especially Abai Kunanbaev. Her family used to have a competition on reciting Abai’s poems where a person can start any parts of his poems and the other has to continue the rest of that recited poem. It was a competitive and funny poem-contest. Besides music, she was keen on writing articles, fairy tales, poems and composing melodies. Some articles were published in newspapers “Ulan”, “Kazakhstan Zaman”, “Ontustik Kazakstan”.

Begaim obtained both B.A. and M.A in Foreign Languages from the International Kazakh-Turkish University and worked there as an English teacher till 2008. Later she accepted a position in a specialized gymnasium with teaching in three languages named after M.Kh.Dulati. In 2010, Begaim was offered to work as a Language Cross-Cultural Facilitator at the US Peace Corps. In 2011, she co-authored an Advanced Kazakh Manual for use by Peace Corps volunteers. During presidential and parliamentary elections Begaim was involved in being as an assistant-interpreter for OSCE long-term observers in South Kazakhstan. In 2012 she received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant award for the USA. At Indiana University Begaim was a conversation leader and a student teaching assistant in Central Eurasian Studies Department at College of Arts. She also took courses in Introduction to American Studies, Peoples and Cultures of Central Asia, Academic writing, Language Learning Technologies, Methods of Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language to Adults, Instructional Strategies for Creative and Critical Thinking, Collaboration, and Motivation as a graduate student. In addition to her Fulbright teaching assignment, her extracurricular activities and public events allowed her to introduce Kazakh culture and to assist IU students in learning Kazakh. In collaboration with Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region, she completed a language material on 130 commonly used Kazakh verbs. Currently she is a co-editor of the Introductory Kazakh textbook at CelCAR. After successful completion of the Fulbright FLTA program in 2013, she was offered to work as an English teacher at Nazarbayev Intellectual School in Shymkent.