Received: 29th September 2023; Revised: 30th November 2023, 01st December 2023; Accepted: 04th December 2023


  • Ainagul Ismagulova PhD, Associate Professor, Department of the English Language and Teaching Methods, Sh.Ualikhanov Kokshetau University, Kokshetau, Kazakhstan
  • Elmira Gerfanova PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of General Education Disciplines, Astana IT University, Astana, Kazakhstan
  • Gulmira Rakisheva PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pedagogy and Psychology, Sh.Ualikhanov Kokshetau University, Kokshetau, Kazakhstan


EFL Schoolteachers, English Language Proficiency, Language Educational Environment, Urban Schools, Rural Schools


This research investigates the significance of schoolteachers’ English Language (EFL) proficiency as a crucial factor for developing the language educational environment in Kazakhstan. The study explores the theoretical aspects of the language educational environment. It focuses on the strategies EFL schoolteachers employ to enhance their English language proficiency and their perceived additional support needs. 525 EFL teachers, including 301 from urban schools and 224 from rural schools, participated in the study. The findings from the questionnaire revealed that urban teachers display a more substantial commitment to consistent language skill enhancement, actively participating in language courses, and engaging in communication with native speakers. In contrast, rural teachers experience language barriers in communicating with native speakers due to limited interaction opportunities. Addressing the diverse needs of EFL schoolteachers holds paramount importance for the effective development of the language educational environment, particularly across rural contexts. The identified support needs emphasize technical assistance, interaction with native speakers, availability of language courses, and access to educational materials. This study contributes valuable insights into language proficiency enhancement strategies and support requirements across urban and rural educational landscapes.


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How to Cite

Ismagulova, A., Gerfanova, E., & Rakisheva, G. (2024). EFL SCHOOLTEACHERS’ LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY AS A KEY FACTOR IN THE LANGUAGE EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT: Received: 29th September 2023; Revised: 30th November 2023, 01st December 2023; Accepted: 04th December 2023. Docens Series in Education, 6, 72–83. Retrieved from https://docensjournal.org/index.php/docens/article/view/41