University Departments of Foreign Languages was established in June 1959. The first head of this department was associate professor Schwartzman E.M. (1959-1986) , then associate professor Fedorov L.N. (1986-1988), associate professor Kovler T.D. (1988-1991), associate professor Utebayeva Z.U. (1991 - 1994). Since 1994, the department head is associate professor Muldagaliyeva A.A.
The department provided educational process in all faculties in full-time, evening and correspondence departments. Those years the graduates of central institutes worked as teachers of foreign languages department: Alma-Ata, Moscow, Leningrad Universities: Shishakin Alexandra, Luschits Maria Ivanovna, Barlybaeva Nina E., Kozhakhmetov Oral Kozhahmetovich, Belenko Georgy Antonovich, Rabinovich Izrailevich Arnold, Barinov Claudia P., Nelly Avazbakieva Genrichovna, Nurumbetova Rose Mynbaevna, Galina Sorokina, Pfeffer Nora Gustavovna, Heinz Pfeffer Gustavovich Miller Andrei Kim Peter Leonidovich, Savitskaya Tamara, Vladimir Komarov, Bektembaeva Galina Sarsenovna, Aydarbekova Aigul Hamitovna.
The teachers of this department were always distinguished by high degree of competence in their subject, dedication to their pedagogic activities, creative attitude to their teaching methods and love for the students and the university.
In the 1960-1980-ies there was a big scientific growth. Teachers Shishakina A., Miller A.A., Kim P.L., Butina R.M., Komarov V.V., Yakubova U.M., Rabinovich, A.I., Herman V.A., Nikolaev G.N. defended dessertations on methods of foreign language teaching and linguistics.
Much attention was paid to extracurricular work. Teachers conducted different kinds of events as contests for the best reader, the best interpreter, International friendship days, issued the department wallpaper “Linguist”. They worked in close contact with the profiling of departments, assisted in the translation of special literature and articles. The department has been closely involved in the life of the university. Every autumn they participated in agricultural work with students in kolkhozes and sovkhoses.
It was a close-knit team. They prepared study programs, supplementary materials, wrote methodical manuals, participated in conferences, published articles. They were competent, dedicated teachers, fair and honest people, true patriots of the university and country.