Professional English Language for Journalists Program

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The Professional English language training program for journalists is designed to support the aspiration of Kazakhstan to develop the professionalism of Kazakhstani journalists and expand knowledge of the English language as it becomes a trilingual society. It is delivered by the British Council on behalf of the US Embassy in Kazakhstan.

The program will incorporate both training in the English language and practical journalism exercises that make use of English language knowledge.

To be eligible for a place on the program, you 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, Karaganda, Kostanai, Oskemen or Shymkent
  • Know English to at least Elementary (CEFR A2) level
  • Demonstrate that your Editor in Chief supports your participation

Participants will study in groups of 12 to 17 people, grouped according to language level. The duration of the course is 120 hours over a six-month period (three 90-minute classes per week). Classes will start on 10 January 2018 and finish on 4 July 2018. From March, in addition to attending face-to-face classes, participants will also be enrolled onto an English for Journalism online course developed by the University of Pennsylvania, which will help them to develop the skills needed for a career in modern journalism.

During the course participants will sit two examinations (midterm and end of course tests). They will also submit a portfolio of work that they will be required to complete and gather during the course.

At the end of the course, participants who have attended 70% or more of classes will receive a certificate of completion.

To apply for a place on the Professional English language training program for journalists, please complete the application form  by 23:59 Astana time on Tuesday 31 October.