On 22 September, KSTU hosted a cultural and educational celebration organized by the Foreign Languages Department Staff. The first language festival was held in 1995 by an American Esperantist, Dennis Keefe, inTours, France. Now it’s a tradition in Kazakhstan, too. This year the Language Festival was devoted to the 20thanniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The festival celebrates the ideal of language equality in Kazakhstan, based on mutual respect and understanding.
Native language is the crux. In linguistic meaning, it is an area of parental language, a “mother-tongue.” It is the axis of coordinates that begins at birth; it is one’s first words, a mother’s voice, an intricate pattern of images that was used by our ancestors. Speaking about native language, it is important to realize that it becomes valuable if we value it. By this festival, we want to deliver the idea of the value of native language, of the awareness of belonging to a unique culture, and finding meaning and fulfillment in it.
The festival aims to create an educational opportunity for multiculturalism: to establish a warm atmosphere of mutual understanding without any conventions and stereotypes. KSTU students of different nationalities presented linguistic performances and recitations. Local and international students showed their knowledge of the Kazakh language and heritage by speaking, playing traditional songs on the dombra, presenting classical Central Asian dances, and reciting poems in Kazakh. They also presented their own languages and cultures in a lively program of skits and arts, for the delight of vast assemblage of KSTU faculty and students.
The festival sought to draw attention to the variety of languages in the world. According to ethnographic data, there are 3-6 thousand languages in the world. Many people speak not just 2 or 3 tongues, but multiple languages. Each language is an authentic means of communication, in which to confess love, sing lullabies, share joys and grief, and exchange jokes.
Learning foreign languages as well as national languages facilitates understanding of the globe and one’s place in it. Speaking the words of another land can be an aid to career or leisure travel, a way into a new nation’s history, culture, mentality and even secrets. Learning foreign languages is learning to understand, to find a common language and gain respect among aboriginal peoples. That’s why one of the most important goals of the KSTU language festival is stimulating interest in learning Kazakh and foreign languages.
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The parade was attended by numerous bands and artists, and giant balloons in the form of various characters were launched into the air.
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Students performed their skills in the presentation of posters «What I am thankful for», knowledge of the tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving Day!
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