The topic of my research is Challenges of teaching and learning English at primary schools in Kazakhstan. Frankly speaking, I took up the decision to investigate this issue last year when we were studying Inquiry Methods Course at the University.
I feel passionate about the topic and I believe that I can contribute to the solution of the existing situation. From communication with practicing teachers I know that teachers and students experience challenges in teaching and learning English at primary school. Teachers find it difficult to enable effective language teaching at primary school. According to international research, it is caused by the fact that “teachers have often received limited specific professional development regarding the teaching of students from non-English speaking backgrounds (Da Silva Iddings & Katz, 2007, Franken & McComish, 2003; Haworth, 2005b, Harvey, Richards & Stacey, 2007 as cited in Yukich, 2013). Moreover, students find it challenging to simultenuously acquire a native a foreign language.
The issues mentioned need deeper consideration, otherwise it will cause failure of the policy implementation. Besides, it will raise disappointment among primary school teachers and students.
In my research I will specifically focus on the first Grade of primary school. My research will aim at answering two main questions: what primary school students in Karaganda region perceive as challenges during the process of learning English, and what teachers perceive as challenges in teaching English at primary schools of Karaganda region?
This research is important, as it will provide insight into the experiences of both teachers and students regarding the challenges faced in the process of teaching and learning the English language.
The research could help to (a) improve the policy of implementing early language learning in Kazakhstani primary schools regarding the existing system of primary school curriculum design, teacher preparation and training, course books design, (b) provide teachers with specific information on what students believe will help them make the process of learning English enjoyable, and (c) further explore the perceptions students and teachers have regarding language teaching and learning.