holds a PhD in Linguistics. He is Full Professor in Applied Linguistics of the English Department at Suleyman Demirel University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. His extensive experience includes both general English and several areas of Applied Linguistics, and he has published widely in these areas. He also has cross-linguistic expertise, having worked in French, Kazakh, Turkish, Russian, Korean, Bosnian and Uzbek as well as English, and understands the practical issues involved in teaching and learning different languages and transferring research ideas from one language to another. He is the Chairman of the International Conference of Foreign Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics (FLTAL), President of the Association for Applied Linguistics of Kazakhstan (AALK), Editor-in-Chief of J-FLTAL journal. He is the current member of American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), The International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA) and The International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL).