The Department of Practical Foreign Languages, part of the Institute of History and Foreign Languages, was opened in 1960. The first head M.G Begimbetova headed the department for 16 years. She was the first teacher of English language education for Kazakh girls since September 1945. From 1977 to 1983 the department was headed by senior lecturer R.G. Grillborzer, and from 1983 the head of the department was Ph.D., associate professor Zh.M. Moldazharov. In recent years the chair was headed by Doctor of Philological Sciences, Professor K.A. Kurmanaliev (1987-2000), Senior Lecturer B.N. Karabaeva, Candidate of Philological Sciences, Professor Z.D. Tuyebekova, Candidate of Philological Sciences, headed by Associate Professor K.A. Amiraliev, Doctor of Philological Sciences, Associate Professor Sh.B. Bainesh. During these years, teachers of the department taught practical lessons in English, German, French, Chinese, Arabic, Korean, Persian and Latin. The department has the best educational work of the Republic of Kazakhstan, veterans of labor Aimanova Sh.A., Martynova A.I, Shaimerdenova G.K., Limanskaya L.Ya., Tynalina F.K., Naimanbayeva Zh.B. Alisherova, V.I. Reznikova, T.N. Nazarbayeva are retired. The department of the whole-institute practical foreign languages was established on September 18, 2003 by the order of the rector of the institute № 202. Associate Professor S.A. Asanbayeva held the position of head of the chair from 2003 to 2012.
Since 2012, the Department of Practical Foreign Languages was part of the Faculty of Kazakh Philology and World Languages. The head of the department was Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences, Kanseitova U.R.
From 2019-2020 academic year, the Department of Practical Foreign Language was headedby candidate of pedagogical sciences, R.O. Ozgambayeva.
From September 25, 2020-2021 academic year, the acting head of the department is Pazilova Bakiza Ablazovna – senior teacher, master of pedagogical sciences. There are 10 teachers in the staff, including 8 master senior teachers and 2 masters. There are 2 part-time doctoral teachers.
The Department of Practical Foreign Language provides practical classes on "Foreign language", "Applied foreign language" to first and second year students of two universities and 4 institutes.
All teachers have a basic knowledge of higher education in Kazakhstan and work based on employment contracts.
The scientific direction of the department for 2019-2021 is "Actual problems of teaching a foreign language in non-linguistic specialties in the context of the updated educational content and ways to solve it". All members of the department work in the scientific direction, because this topic is directly related to the work of the institute. Therefore, it is very effective and interesting.
Every year teachers improve their skills.
From July 7 to September 1, 2020, the American Embassy hosted the WORLD LEARNING “The American English (AE) E-Teacher Program”, an eight-week English language course for teachers,where Senior Lecturer A.S. Orazbayeva took part in it. The theme of the program is "Teaching Grammar Communicatively". She scored 94.5 points in the course and received a certificate.
From September 14 to October 30, 2020, the Embassy hosted a 20-hour in-service training course "Methods and content of teaching English" conducted by American teacher Wendy Finlayson.Pazilova B.A.,F.M. Myrzakhanova, Dzhumagulbaeva R.P., Sadyrbaeva B.A., G.A. Berniyazova, took part and became the owners of certificates. The “Coursera” course was attended by the teachers of the department B.A.Pazilova and F.M.Myrzakhanova. They received certificates for participation.
On November 27, 2020 at 16.00 literary evening "Abai - single, Abai wise" dedicated to the 175th anniversary of the great poet, scholar, thinker Abai Kunanbayev was held in English on the Zoom platform. The 1st and 2nd year students took an active part in this literary evening and demonstrated their knowledge.
From 19 to 28 November 2020 teachers of theinstitute held an essay competition "Native Land". The essay competition held in English, was attended by the 1st and 2nd year students of all institutes on a voluntary basis. More than 30 works were submitted to the competition.
Schoolchildren also took part in the competition for experiments. It was attended by several students, for example, school "Ulagat School", № 177 secondary schools and the school named after A. Sherimkulov in Badam village, Ordabasy district. Eligible essay holders, i.e. students, were given separate places and certificates.
Providing continuous and professional education based on the best world practices and formation of up-to-date knowledge based on scientific research.