The Institute of European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies is pleased to offer a free, non-credited Ukrainian language course taught by Dr. Olena Sivachenko. The course is open to all interested students and community members at large. It is catered towards those who have little to no background in Ukrainian. It will focus on developing oral, written, and reading skills. Information about Ukrainian culture will be integrated into lessons. Lesson topics include: Introductions, About Myself, Around the World, My Family, Personal Possessions, Grocery Shopping, and What’s on the Menu? Registration for the course has closed because it has reached its capacity. 

By the end of the course, all students are expected to:

  • Communicate with others and talk about themselves (family, interests, hobbies)
  • Ask to give directions; count; order food in a restaurant
  • Be able to understand simple audio and texts

About the Instructor: 

Dr. Olena Sivachenko. Born and brought up in Ukraine, Dr. Sivachenko received her PhD degree in Foreign Language Pedagogy from the Kyiv National Linguistic University (2009) and her Ph.D. degree in Slavic Applied Linguistics (focus on acquisition of Ukrainian as second language) from the University of Alberta (2020). She specializes in the integration of technology into foreign language classrooms and student motivation and engagement. Within more than 20 years of her teaching career, Dr. Sivachenko has taught three foreign languages in seven universities in three countries! She is also a co-author of the e-textbook “Podorozhi.UA: Ukrainian for Beginners”, (, which has been used to teach Ukrainian as a foreign language in a number of universities in Canada, the USA, Ukraine, the UK, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland, and Germany.

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