Three Kazakh Girls Give Talk on Grandparents’ Stories

p3100084Three former students from my Academic Reading and Writing class gave a talk today based on their papers they did for me last semester.  Many chose different topics relating to Kazakhstan’s history.  Aray, (right) the first speaker talked about her famous Kazakh great-grandfather Abay and also her grandfather’s achievements.  The second speaker, Laura (left) spoke about her grandfather surviving the Siberian gulag for 15 years.  Finally, Aida (center) spoke about her grandmother who survived ALZHIR , which is close to Astana.  As a newlywed, Aida’s grandmother had worked in a labor camp for wives of “Enemies of the People” for 10 years, her husband had been killed soon after their wedding. 

All three girls had various quotes on their powerpoints that they used from their academic papers which were buttressed by journal articles they found from the electronic databases at our university. Most all their sources were in English with the exception of  some material they had translated from Kazakh or Russian.  They know their teacher, yours truly, would NOT permit any spurious material from the Internet.  No Google, and heaven forbid NO Wikipedia are ever allowed!!! Not on my watch!!!  Who needs that when these young women had such great stories that had been shared orally among their family, passed down from one generation to the next.  I was happy they were able to share their grandparents’ stories with the AIWC (Almaty International Women’s Club) today.  I was very proud of all three of them, they did a fine job.


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    […] Pushkin, ALZHIR, Enemies of the People, Kazakhstan, Siberia, UNESCO This blog entry is a continuation from yesterday where I showcased three of my former writing students who gave a talk at an AIWC weekly meeting to […]

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    Aida said,

    Hi, how are you?

    That is amazing, you posted our photos and articles!

    My friend from our western university, was taking the class in the summer semester and was writing the assignment about Kazakh culture and she told me that she had found my photo on your blog, I was so shocked!!!

    Great, thank you so much and I’m so sorry that none of my friends contacted with you on 26 of May or smth staff like that(I dont remember exact dates), they all had a holidays and came back to their home towns.

    Have a good summer,

    See you,


    with best regards,

    Aida (in the center ha-ha)

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