With multilingual education taking a prominent position in public debates, Faculty of Philology and Educational Sciences, The Center for Multilingual Education (CoMEd), The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and Association for Applied Linguistics of Kazakhstan (AALK) choice of dedicating a roundtable of “Cross-Cultural and Multilingual Education of the Contemporary World” dedicated to EXPO-2107 was a particularly timely one. The event saw lively participation from the delegates from SDU, KazNU, ENU, Linguistics Institute named after A. Baytursynov, Regional Management Academy, Central Asian University, the British Council, UK Embassy in Kazakhstan, Lithuanian Consulate in Almaty, Vytautas Magnus University from Lithuania, The University of Nottingham and University College of Enterprise and Administration from Poland, stimulated by the pertinent questions of the audience and the concise and straight-to-the-point interventions of the experts.
The objectives of the international round table were realized through a constructive discussion of the current realities and the prospects of the multilingual education in Kazakhstan and in the rest of the world such as in the UK, Poland, Lithuania and Malaysia. While the format covered a wide range of topics in multilingual education, one issue became the overarching focus of the discussion: the social and practical role of multilingual education in Kazakhstan and in the world as well. Here the debate touched upon a crucial issue in multilingual education: administrative and legal support for multilingual education in the Republic of Kazakhstan, essential aspects of the multilingual education in a multiethnic society, formation of a multicultural personality on the basis of trilingual education, early linguistic and multilingual education: problems and perspectives and intercultural aspects of the multilingual education.
After the roundtable program coordinator Professor Azamat Akbarov initiated question and answer sections. In the end all delegates received their certificates, exchanged networking contacts and agreed to continue such roundtable in the nearest future, establish scientific awareness and to plan joint projects in the field of multilingual education.