Evaluation of State Language Skills Using the KAZTEST Method in Citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Evaluation of State Language Skills Using the KAZTEST Method in Citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan

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Evaluation of State Language Skills Using the KAZTEST Method in Citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan

According to official information, people of 130 nationalities live in cosmopolitan Kazakhstan. The status of the state language in the country is defined in the Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the “,Law on Languages in the Republic of Kazakhstan”,. The Russian language is used equally with the state language in state organizations and local government organizations.General usage of the Russian language started in the time when Kazakhstan was a part of the Soviet Union. The Russian language was the priority language instrument in all spheres of human life. After gaining the independence, the law defining the status of the state language was passed in the country. Today we have the following language situation in the country: people who studied at the time of the Soviet Union speak and use Russian, new generation uses the two languages.The Government designed the State program of development and usage of languages in the Republic of Kazakhstan for 2011-2020 which has increase of a number of adults speaking the state language as one of the targets. Regional state language teaching centers work all over the country, studying there is free. Therefore, citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan and foreign nationals who are engaged into activity in legal, economical, scientific, public, and other spheres in the territory of the state are expected to speak the Kazakh language good in accordance with the requirements to usage of the language.The state language is officially supported by the government in Kazakhstan. Evaluation of Kazakh language skills will contribute to its development and growth of competitiveness in the language environment of the country and is one of the most important state measures to attain the objective of obligatory knowledge of the state language by citizens.The mechanism of evaluation of Kazakh language skills in citizens of the country is the system measuring the level of the Kazakh language knowledge KAZTEST. To create the KAZTEST system, scientific research was held and institutional opportunities of the international language knowledge system of measurement of knowledge were studied.The KAZTEST system consists of four parts: listening, lexical-grammatical block, reading, and writing.In KAZTEST test taker has to make 150 tasks within 150 minutes, percent of language knowledge is estimated on the basis of answers. The peculiarity of KAZTEST is connected with technological efficiency that consists of simultaneous involvement of a large number of test takers, immediate processing and reporting the results.The KAZTEST system is used to evaluate Kazakh language skills of applicants to the international scholarship of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan for studies and scientific training abroad and of civil servants taking high posts.

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