Dr. Juldyz Smagulova is Acting Executive Director of Language Center, assistant professor of MA in Foreign Languages Program. Assistant Professor (PhD, King’s College London, UK; Candidate of Sciences, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Kazakhstan, MA in Linguistics and SLA, University of Minnesota, USA)
Dr. Juldyz Smagulova is my favorite research author with a very interesting biography. She is an author and co-author of many books. She is very devoted to the researching and mainly interested in language policies including multilingualism and language planning. Dr. Juldyz published more than 20 articles on these topics in different International academic journals.
I had a chance of meeting her in person in a conference that took place in Astana in 2016. There I participated with her in a master class devoted to a curriculum problems regarding trilingual education in a multilingual Uzbek school. Listening to Dr. Smagulova’s dispute after the master class, I marked the line of an outstanding model of a researcher. I decided for myself what qualities best suits the researcher and what aspects I should improve in myself in order to become a better boffin. The qualities I admired most in the professor were her confidence during a speech and a constructive criticism. Moreover, she showed braveness in explaining and putting into debate some issues regarding the trilingual policy in schools as well as defending the rights of language minority children in Kazakhstan.
Dr. Juldyz Smagulova is a versatile person and a researcher with original thoughts. That same year she conducted a lecture to MA1 group on different actual academic topics during her visit Nazarbayev University. One of her views I admired most was about the changing the image of the Kazakh language. According to her it was not right to associate Kazakh language with only Kazakh nation. This is exactly what happens in Kazakh language textbooks when a child sees pictures of a grandma and granpa sitting together around kazan, playing dombyra in a kyiz uyi. After hearing these types of examples I felt very lucky to meet such a skillful scholar and likened her to the “star” of Kazakhstani research, was I wrong?!
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