The department of theory and methodology of Kazakh linguistics is one of the oldest fundamental departments with a rich history. The department was initially called the “language department”. Since 1946 departments of Russian language, Kazakh language, department of Foreign and Russian literature, department of Foreign languages has been separated out of the “language department”.
Such famous scientists in the area of Kazakh linguistics and Turkology worked at the department: A.Margulan, N.T.Sauranbaev, M.Balakaev, S.Amanzholov, T. Kordabaev, A.Tuleuov, A.Kuryshzhanuly, G.Aydarov, G.Madina, M. Duisebaeva, H. Kozhakhmetova, R. Syzdyk, Z. Beysembaeva, R. Shoybekov.
In different years the department was headed by academician as N.Sauranbaev, professors A.Iskakov, S.Isaev, A.Ablakov, B.Hasanuly, R.Shoybekov, Z.Beysembaeva, T.Yermekova, Zh.Suleimenova.
In 2016 the departments of “Kazakh linguistics” and “Language theory and teaching methodology” were incorporated in one department called “Theory and methodology of Kazakh linguistics”. The head of the department is Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences, Professor Zh.Suleimenova.
The department has high intellectual assets, 5 Doctors of Sciences, 11 Candidates of Sciences, 12 master-teachers: Doctor of Philology, Professor A.Tymbolova, Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences, Professor Zh. Suleimenova, Doctor of Philology, Professor T. Yermekova, Doctor of Philology, Professor A.Satbekova, Doctor of Philology, Professor K.Каlybayeva, Candidate of Philology, acting. associate professor Zh.Otarbekova, Candidate of Philology, acting. Associate professor G.Abdirasilova, Candidate of Philology, acting. Associate professor G. Kaidarova, Candidate of Philology, acting. Associate professor S.Odanova, Candidate of Philology, acting. Associate professor S.Asanbayeva, Candidate of Philology, acting. Associate professor A.Sembaeva, Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences, acting. Associate professor Sh. Erkhozhina, Candidate of Philology, acting. Associate professor B.Sultanova, Candidate of Philology, acting. Associate professor G. Shoybekova, Candidate of Philology, senior lecturer Zh.Abitzhanova, Candidate of Philology, senior lecturer L.Ibraimova, senior teacher M.Kanabekova, master-teachers, senior lecturers: G.Suleymenova, K.Balabekova, A. Satbekova, P.Baitimbetova, B.Nurzhanova, M.Berkutbaeva, A.Dzhamambetova, A.Sarbalina, A.Amirzhaeva, A.Abdrasilova, G.Yeskermessova.
Teachers of the department are the authors of textbooks, manuals, standard curricula and educational programs for comprehensive schools, secondary special educational institutions, educational standards of higher education, approved by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The department carries out the following projects “Linguistic foundations and multimedia technologies for the development of interactive training programs due to transferring to Latin graphics” (project participants: T.N. Ermekova, S.A. Odanova, B.Shoybekova, N.A. Zhanabaeva); “Lexical innovations in the period of independence of the modern Kazakh language” (project executor M.K. Kanabekova); “The model of mastering mother tongue” (based on the materials of the child’s language) (project executor T.N. Yermekova) and international project “Historical, cultural and literary heritage of Kazakhstani Uigurs” (Zh. Suleimenova, PhD, associate professor Adem Oger).
International, National conferences are annually arranged for students, undergraduates and doctoral candidates on the theme “Kuryshzhanov readings” and “Isaev readings”. Subject Olympiad “Kazakh language” is traditionally held at the university.
The department carries out training of personnel in the specialties “5В020500-Philology” and “5В012100-Kazakh language and literature in schools with non-Kazakh language of instruction”, “5В011700-Kazakh language and literature”.
The department carries out preparation of doctoral students on specialty 6D020500 – “Philology”. Graduates of the specialty 6D020500 – “Philology” is assigned the academic degree of Doctor PhD. Graduates of the specialty 6M020500 – “Philology” are awarded a master’s degree in the humanities, specialty 6M012100 – “Kazakh language and literature in schools with non-Kazakh language of instruction” is awarded the degree of “master of pedagogical sciences”.
According to the pedagogical practice, contracts have been made with various schools of Almaty: comprehensive school №3, S.Aronuly comprehensive school №143, gymnasium school №59, gymnasium school №148, secondary school №167, N. Nazarbayev Intellectual School of chemical-biological direction, M. Makatayev gymnasium school №140, N.Nazarbayev Intellectual School of physical and mathematical direction, Kazakh State Humanitarian Pedagogical College № 1.
Moral building activities are carried out by 9 advisers at the department: G.Suleymenova, Zh.Otarbekova, K.Balabekova, G.Shoybekova, P.Baitimbetova, Zh.Abitzhanova, A.Satbekova, A.Abdrasilova, A.Amirzhaeva.