The Professional English language training program for journalists is delivered by the British Council on behalf of the US Embassy in Kazakhstan. The program is designed to support Kazakhstan’s aspiration to develop the professionalism of journalists and expand knowledge of the English language as it becomes a trilingual society.
The program will provide 160 hours of English classes to journalists at Kazakhstani print, TV, radio and online media outlets in eight cities. Classes will run for a year from February 2019, with breaks over the summer and for Kazakhstani public holidays. Classes will be scheduled outside of normal working hours (exact schedule will depend on your location and English level).
Classes will be free for all participants, supported by a grant from the US Embassy in Kazakhstan. We will accept applicants with varying levels of English, from complete beginner through to upper intermediate.
To be eligible for a place on the program, journalists must:
- Be currently working as a journalist at a print, TV, radio or online media outlet in Kazakhstan
- Live and work in Astana, Almaty, Aktobe, Aktau, Karaganda, Kostanai, Oskemen or Shymkent
- Be able to commit to attending 4.5 hours of classes per week, plus completing any homework assigned by their teacher.
Applications close on 11 December. To apply, please complete the application form at this link.
Based on journalists’ answers to the questions on the application form, the US Embassy and British Council will carry out a pre-selection process. Applicants who are pre-selected will be informed by 14 December. Applicants who already know some English will be sent an online English placement test to be completed by 12 January. They may also be contacted by a language instructor to take part in a short spoken interview, to further help us assess their levels of English. These results will be used for placement in the correct group only; they will not affect whether a journalist is selected to join the program.
The final decision on participation in the program will be taken by the US Embassy in Kazakhstan. The decision will be taken based on a number of factors including city of residence, motivation for participation in the program, and level of support expressed by the employer.
Selected participants will be informed by 25 January. Courses will start on 11 February 2018.