Linguistics

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Linguistics is the study of language: old, new, everyday, special, spoken, or written language. The principal goal of the Linguistics Program is to train undergraduate students in Linguistic Theory, Phonetics, and English Language Skills. Since it is not taught in high school, most undergraduates only "discover" linguistics after they come to university. Some are intrigued by the prospect of discovering formal rules to model a complex form of behavior like language; others are interested in the relationship of natural languages to other symbolic systems; still others are curious about similarities and differences they have noticed among individual languages. In exploring these and similar topics, students of linguistics not only learn a great deal about a fascinating field; they also master a variety of conceptual and empirical techniques that stand them in good stead after graduation. The Department understands that undergraduates are interested in linguistics for a variety of reasons. Some plan to go on to professional work in the field of pedagogy or linguistics, or as an interpreter - translator and some see a concentration in Linguistics as interesting and valuable intellectually, but do not base their future vocational plans upon it.

Many students who are curious about linguistics but who have never taken a linguistics course assume that it is chiefly a subject for people with an extensive background in foreign languages. This is incorrect. While it is true that some kinds of linguistics need to have active control of a variety of languages, the overriding fact is that linguistics and language learning are completely separate pursuits. People who are "good at languages" are not always good at linguistics, and vice versa; many of the world's most successful professional linguists are fluent only in their native language.

The Department has kept all of these considerations in mind in designing its course offerings and requirements.

The courses offered by the Department of Linguistics reflect the extraordinary diversity of the field. The emphases are on linguistic theory and the cognitive aspects related to language.

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 

Only students with high school diplomas or certificates are eligible to sit for admission exams for the Bachelor’s program.

 

Citizens of all countries are welcome to apply. IUCA offers equal educational opportunity regardless of race, religion, gender, color or national origin.

 

Entrance exams are conducted through written exams and oral interview.

 

 

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

  • All students must complete General Education requirements.
  • They must complete 192 Credit/hours.
  • All students must complete the Requirements of the program in order to meet the standards established by IUCA.
  • All students must complete Requirements of the Ministry of Education of the Kyrgyz Republic for the State Diploma.
  • The language of instruction is English.

Students have a choice in Electives.

 

FACULTY

 

PROGRAM CHAIR

 

Tatyana Nikolaevna Dubina, Assistant Professor. Mrs.Dubina graduated from Kyrgyz State University in the Foreign Languages Department.

Her courses include English Grammar, English Language Skills, and Phonetics.

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Camilla Duishebaevna Sharshekeeva, Professor, Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences, Minister of Education and Culture of Kyrgyzstan in 2001-2002, Acting Rector of IUCA. Professor Sharshekeeva graduated from the Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages.

Her courses include English Vocabulary Improvement, Phonetics, Leadership, and Public Speaking.

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Irina Anatolievna NizovskayaProfessor, Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences, Associate Professor of Russian Language and Literature. Professor Nizovskaya graduated from Kyrgyz State University.

Her courses include Literature and Critical Skills.

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Dane DeVeau holds the Juris Doctor from the University of Idaho. He has practiced law in the United States from 1997 until 2005. He teaches the following courses at IUCA: International Law, Ecology, US Government, and English Language Skills.E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Alyona Eugenievna Maksakova, Assistant Professor. Mrs. Maksakova graduated from the American University - Central Asia with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in British-American Studies.

Her courses include English Conversation, English Grammar, and Composition.

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Galina Vladimirovna Chaganova, Assistant Professor. Mrs. Chaganova graduated from Kyrgyz State University in the Department of Romance-Germanic Philology, with an emphasis in language and literature studies

Her courses include English Writing Skills, English Grammar, and Composition.

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Anargul Akimbekovna Djumabaeva, Assistant Professor. Mrs.Djumabaeva graduated from Kyrgyz State University in the Department of Foreign Languages.

Her courses include English Listening Comprehension and English Grammar.

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Iraida Yakovlevna Moskvicheva, Assistant Professor. Mrs. Moskvicheva graduated from Kyrgyz State University in the Department of Foreign Languages. She has also completed a TESL program at the University of Hawaii.

Her courses include English Grammar.

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GENERAL ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

Students are responsible for timely registration and completion of curriculum and program requirements based on the policies of the university. Students have to complete a total of 192 credits for graduation. Students who have not earned enough credits must repeat all required courses that they have failed.

All freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors are expected to meet with their advisors to register for the year, to work out a plan of study for the following year, and to track progress on the previous year’s requirements, including all prerequisites toward the completion of a degree. In addition, sophomores are expected to declare their minors, if they wish to have one, by the end of the year.

Second-, third- and fourth-year students are mostly free to construct their own program of study, subject to the General Education requirements and the Linguistics Program requirements. Students are responsible for making sure they meet all university and departmental requirements. Students remain free to take the courses in the order they see fit, assuming they have fulfilled the prerequisites for the courses they plan to take. However, consulting with their advisors on this is strongly recommended.

 

Attendance at all classes is expected at IUCA. In cases of multiple absences without reasonable cause, a student may be refused permission to take the course exam and given a grade of “X.”

The University has developed general regulations on academic conduct which encourage every student to exercise the freedom to learn with academic honesty and integrity, and without cheating, plagiarism or dishonesty of any kind.

 

SUGGESTED COURSES OF STUDY

 

To earn a Bachelor’s Degree from IUCA, a student must earn 72 credits of general education courses, 72 credits of specialty courses, and 48 credits from elective courses.

General Education

Courses - Kyrgyz , Russian , Philosophy, History and others – help to produce knowledgeable, articulate and self – educating people.

Courses suggested by IUCA are very important in everyday life. They are Critical Skills, Public Speaking, Leadership and Management. In these courses students acquire critical thinking skills, ability to analyze complex material and be ready to use this ability in their professional life, and thus to be real leaders.

Courses of Specialization:

English Literature, Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Theoretical Phonetics, Theoretical Grammar, Lexicology, Stylistics, English Composition -1 and 2 and others, are aimed at improving the students’ competence in English. They are going to be consistently subject to special exercises on vocabulary, reading, listening, speaking and writing. Besides traditional written assignments the students will be involved in essay writing. This course is compulsory for the students. It is aimed to prepare students to further successful education.