Faculty of Education and Humanities Sciences

Two Foreign Languages


Two Foreign Languages​

Questions of examinations for PhD admission


PhD in Two Foreign Languages Education  

Program length

3 years




  1. Research Methodology in Foreign Language Education – 5 ECTS;
  2. Trending Approaches in TEFL: CLIL and PBL – 5 ECTS.

    Total: 10 ECTS.

    Elective Course – TFL 549 Advanced Grammar of English (C1-C2) / TFL 553 English Toastmaster (C1-C2):
    Candidates with IELTS 7.0 or who comleted the MA degree in a fully English – medium university are exempt from it.

    Elective Course – TFL 547 Assessment of Foreign Language Proficiency / TFL 551 Intercultural Communication Research in EFL Classes

    Candidates with IELTS 7.5 are exempt from it.

    There is no need to study prerequisite subjects if your Master’s degree (major) is a relative specialty.


Related specialties

7M01702-Foreign language: two foreign languages

Program description

PhD in TESOL is an innovative graduate degree program that will cater for participants’ individualized needs to understand and implement scientific research skills essential for an academic career in TESOL. This doctoral degree program consists of six full-time English-medium courses studied in two semesters to provide and build the theoretical foundation of candidates. To pass a qualifying exam after the preliminary oral defense of their PhD dissertation in their last semester, they need to demonstrate a significant knowledge about the content of courses, which mainly focus on qualitative and quantitative research methods in education, Applied Linguistics and particularly TESOL methodologies. To be eligible for the doctoral degree, candidates have to complete a pedagogical and a research practicum at a higher educational institution; publish seven articles, one of which is published in an international research journal indexed by Scopus or Thomson Reuters; visit a university abroad where it is possible to get consultancy from an international academician – a professor with similar research interests with the candidate and agrees to review the final version of the dissertation; provide external review and defend the doctoral dissertation orally in English in front of an authorized Dissertation Committee three months after the pre-defense and qualifying attestation. The faculty promote excellence in research activities of the doctoral students, highly value the intellectual efforts that focus on genuine ethical research with significant impact on language education.

Learning outcomes

  • The program provides a strong pedagogical basis and encouragement to quench the intellectual thirst of doctoral researchers in TESOL.
  • As an essential qualification for those who wish to teach English at university level, this PhD program empowers you with professionalism and competitiveness as well as with genuinely practiced critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Enhances your career prospects in ELT by enabling you to obtain more senior or specialized positions such as a senior teacher, teacher trainer, consultant, materials developer or program coordinator, head of an educational department, a candidate for top management positions.

Compulsory & elective modules (courses)

Semester 1

Advanced Qualitative Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
Special Topics in TESOL and Applied Linguistics
Pedagogical Practicum in a Higher Educational Institution
Critical Issues in English Language Teacher Education
Research Design of Doctoral Dissertation Intercultural Communication Research in TESOL
TESOL Curriculum Design and Materials Development 

Semester 2

Quantitative Data and Analysis in Educational Research
Doctoral Research Practicum (Data Collection Instrumentation)
Doctoral Dissertation: Literature Review
Special Topics in Sociolinguistics and TESOL
Issues in ICT and Digital Literacy in Language Education
Graduate Seminars: Research Proposal Presentations

Semester 3

Doctoral Dissertation: Field Work (Data Collection & Analysis)
Doctoral Dissertation: Extended Literature Review – 1
Graduate Seminars: Research Article Presentations – 1

Semester 4

Doctoral Dissertation: External Internship Abroad
Doctoral Dissertation: Extended Literature Review- 1
Graduate Seminars: Research Article Presentations -2


You can undertake new areas of professional activities, make quite frequent international academic visits, enjoy the publicity of authorship for significant research papers, work in culturally diverse educational settings, which demand the intercultural knowledge and competence of English as a global language.


Alfira Makhmutova




Which program are you interested in?


Question? Contact us! infomatrix@sdu.edu.kz

Since Infomatrix Asia is an international project competition and current lingua franca is English language, we decided that everything(documentation, presentation, submission) will be in English.

Starting from this year, participation doesn’t give opportunity get max at ENT.

All participants who study at secondary school must participate with their supervisors. Due to the security concerns of the participants.

Mail to infomatrx@sdu.edu.kz (Only technical questions)

Look carefully at category requirements, but common thing is: great presentation, clear documentation, completed project, short video demonstrating your knowledge of English Participants from Kazakhstan should have participated on regional, city, republic project competitions before.

Infomatrix Asia is an independent competition. Therefore, you are free to submit your project to any other competitions.

The participation fee is a required fixed cost that covers: transportation, medals, t-shirts, certificates, food, lodging and so on…


We are inviting participants to stay in our comfortable and modern “Student House” located on the territory of SDU.

The student house of Suleyman Demirel University offers students not only accommodation and meals on the territory of the Smart Campus during their studies, but also the opportunity to improve their social skills and strengthen international relationships.

Do you need help? Contact us!  infomatrix@sdu.edu.kz

Бонус ұпай қалай жинауға болады?

Қатысушылардың Instagram желісіндегі парақшасында SPT олимпиадасы туралы қызықты әрі креатив пост жариялау арқылы 1-ден 5-ке дейін бонус ұпайға ие болу мүмкіндігі бар. Пост сурет, мәтін немесе видео сияқты кез келген форматта бола алады.

Шығармашылық шектеу жоқ, қиялыңа ерік бер!
Арманыңды жаз, әңгіме құрастыр, видео түсір, достарыңа мотивация бер,  оларды да қатысуға шақыр!

Бұл – тіпті қосымша 0,5 ұпайдың грант иесі атануда шешуші рөл атқара алатын тұсы. Сондықтан мұндай тамаша мүмкіндікті міндетті түрде пайдалануға кеңес береміз.


  • Қызықты және креативті пост жариялау (мәтін 50 cөзден кем емес, қатысышының өз атынан жазылады)
  • Cуретте @sdukz белгілеу (tag)
  • Хэштег – #spt2020 #sdukz
  • Пост соңында аты-жөнін, кластер мен ЖСН соңғы 6 цифрін хэштег арқылы көрсету (мысалы, Ахметов Айбек, #Кластер5, #123456).
  • Қатысушы парақшасы 10 наурызға дейін ашық болуы керек.

*Посттарды олимпиада ұйымдастырушылары былай бағалайды (жалпы ереже):

▫️1 ұпай:
— Пост жарияланған, талаптарға сай;
▫️2 ұпай:
— Мәтіні өте жақсы жазылған пост;
▫️3 ұпай:
— сапалы түсірілген және монтаждалған видео-пост;
▫️4 және 5 ұпай:
— Көп қаралым жинаған, лайк пен комментарий саны көп сапалы пост. 

Алайда баға беруші посттың сапасына көбірек қарайды. Яғни, тек қана мәтінмен-ақ +5 балл алу мүмкіндігі де бар. Немесе керісінше, көп лайк жинаған пост сапасыз болғандықтан 1 ұпай ғана жинауы мүмкін.

Посттар онлайн тіркелу аяқталғанға дейін қабылданады.

Как заработать бонусные баллы?

Участники имеют возможность заработать от 1 до 5 бонусных баллов, написав интересный и креативный пост об олимпиаде SPT на своей странице в Instagram. Пост может быть в любом формате, как текст, фото или видео.

Творчеству нет предела, дай волю своим фантазиям!
Напиши мечту, сочини рассказ, сними видео, мотивируй своих друзей, пригласи их участвовать вместе!

Это тот самый момент, когда даже 0,5 баллов решают, достоин ты гранта или нет. Поэтому очень советуем воспользоваться этой  возможностью.


  • Опубликовать интересный и креативный пост (с текстом не менее 50 слов, от имени участника)
  • Отметить @sdukz на фото (tag)
  • Хэштег #spt2020 #sdukz
  • Указать в посте ФИО, кластер и последние 6 цифр своего ИИН через хэштег (например, Ахметов Айбек, #кластер2, #123456.
  • Страница участника должна быть открытой до 10 марта.

Посты оцениваются организаторами олимпиады таким образом:

▫️1 балл:
— есть пост, выполнены все условия;
▫️2 балла:
— пост с хорошо написанным текстом;
▫️3 балла:
— интересный пост с качественно снятым и смонтированным видео;
▫️4 и 5 баллов:
— качественные посты с хорошим охватом, количеством лайков и комментариев.

Оценивая посты, организаторы в первую очередь обращают внимание на качество поста. То есть, даже с текстом можно получить максимальный балл. Или наоборот, посты которые набрали тысячи лайкав, могут получить только 1 балл из за плохого качества.

Посты принимаются до завершения онлайн регистрации.

Support the faculty (professors)

1. Support Research Internship Program. Faculty members develop academic curriculum and research at the University. Within the framework of this program SDU provides faculty members with the opportunities to do research abroad. Your donations will cover flight expenses, accommodation and monthly salary from 6 months up to 1 year. SDU also invites professors from abroad to share their knowledge and experience with local faculty and students.
2. Support “Zhas maman” Program. “Zhas maman” program is aimed at developing university human capital by selecting the best SDU graduates and helping them start their academic career as teaching assistants. Young specialists are encouraged to do PhD abroad and get rich research experience from prestigious universities. Teaching assistants are provided with scholarships and professional advise from the faculty.

Support the University

SDU campus is a central place for students educational and recreational activities. University aims to renew its basic infrastructure by building new facilities and substantially renovating existing ones. This includes buildings, roads, utilities, grounds and landscaping, student housing, and information technology resources needed to fully support the University mission. Maintaining up-to-date library resources and research facilities, equipment, and technological tools are also important.

Support talented students

This program is for outstanding students regardless of their welfare. Eligible students have to demonstrate outstanding academic and social achievements. This program is designed to foster professional and personal development of students by giving full or partial grants or providing dormitory. In order to keep the grant during the whole period of its validity the recipient has to meet certain minimum GPA each semester.


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