Two Kazakhstan teachers travel 6,000 miles to learn in Lafayette

For ten days, two English teachers from Kazakhstan are visiting a Lafayette high school.
For ten days, two English teachers from Kazakhstan are visiting a Lafayette high school.

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — For 10 days, two English teachers from Kazakhstan are visiting a Lafayette high school.

Aissulu Kaldarova and Ainur Kaliskarovea are in the Kazakhstan Education Research Program, an internship for teachers funded by Purdue University and the participant’s government. The pair are observing and learning at McCutcheon High School.

“We compare it with, compare them with Kazakh,” Kaliskarovea said. “Let’s say schools, Kazakh universities. … We see the differences and the similarities.”

McCutcheon English teacher Cindy Aubuchon said she made an intense schedule for the two teachers.

“The teachers at McCutcheon have just absolutely loved having them,” said Aubuchon. “They are two wonderful, just sweet ladies — who are so enthusiastic about learning.”

Each night, the two discuss how to incorporate the American methods learned into their lesson plans.

For 10 full days, they will observe as many classes as they can including electives, foreign languages, English and music.

“We’re trying to help them take back whatever they can to share with their colleagues in Kazakhstan,” Aubuchon said.

Both are interested in learning more about innovative and effective technology.

“To learn about this software, applications [and] programs in order to implement it later in my teaching,” said Kaldarova.

Kaliskarovea is looking to offer classes like dance, cooking, art and gym at her university. In Kazahstan, all subjects are required so students do not have this opportunity.

“We are going to suggest our government or our schools to have some elective courses,” Kaliskarovea said.

After their high school experience, the teachers will finish their program at Purdue University by participating in classes, workshops and seminars.

“I’m really glad to be here,” Kaliskarovea said. “I’m really enjoying the process.”

Kaldarova added, “I want to wish success to all teachers in their work and to all students in their study.”