I am a Professor of Slavic Applied Linguistics in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies (MLCS). I have been teaching at the University of Alberta since 1999.
Currently I am Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies in MLCS. In 2013-2019, I was Acting Director of the Ukrainian Language Education Centre at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Alberta.
I hold a BA in Slavic Philology from the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. I completed my graduate studies in the United States, receiving a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Slavic Linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh. During my graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, I taught Ukrainian and Russian, including summer intensive language courses for 4 years. I also taught Ukrainian language and linguistics for three years at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Toronto as a Visiting Lecturer before my academic appointment at the U of A.
My primary area of work and research is in applied linguistics in Slavic linguistics, discourse analysis, gender linguistics, political and media language, as well as language pedagogy and second language acquisition in Ukrainian.
In 2015-2018, I was Team Lead of the Nationalities, Culture and Language Policies research cluster of the Research Initiative on Democratic Reforms in Ukraine (RIDRU) international research project.
Since 2016 I have been collaborating with colleagues in Slavic Studies at the Dresden Technical University on a joint project "Ukrainian Identity: The Self and the Other in the Context of the Ukrainian Diaspora".
I author University level Ukrainian language textbooks. My advanced language textbook Ukrainian Through Its Living Culture, (University of Alberta Press, 2010) has won the 2012 AATSEEL Book prize for “Best Contribution to Language Pedagogy”.
And my open-access textbook Ukrainian for Professional Communication, published by the University of Alberta Press/ Pica Pica Press, was recognized with the 2018 Inaugural University of Alberta Open Educational Resources Award.
In collaboration with Olena Sivachenko, Sergiy Kozakov, Daria Polianska and Oksana Perets I am finalizing the textbook
ПОДОРОЖІ.UA: Ukrainian for Beginners. Blended-learning model [in progress; forthcoming]
At the University of Alberta I teach Ukrainian language courses at all levels, from beginners’ to advanced, including courses such as Business Ukrainian, Ukrainian in Media and Internet, and Ukrainian in TV and in Film. I strive to develop new content courses, such as the highly popular Language Issues… , and regularly teach Ukrainian linguistics courses and the University of Alberta's intensive summer language and culture program in Lviv, Ukraine. At the graduate level, I teach courses in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Analysis. I also taught graduate seminars in Slavic Gender Linguistics, Comparative and Typological Slavic Linguistics, and Contemporary Language Issues in Ukraine, Russia and Poland. I have supervised a number of MA and Ph.D. students working on various topics of applied linguistics and on various languages.
I am the proud recipient of the 2008 Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Teaching Award.
Thank you to my students!
Intended for students with no previous knowledge of the language and designed to develop basic skills: listening, reading, speaking, writing, and intercultural competence. Note: not to be taken by students with native or near native proficiency, or with Ukrainian 30 or its equivalents in Canada and other countries.Fall Term 2020
Prerequisite: UKR 111 or consent of the Department. Note: not to be taken by students with native of near native proficiency, or with Ukrainian 30 or its equivalent in Canada and other countries.Winter Term 2021
Focus on the functional and socio-cultural elements of the language. Study of language etiquette, cultural norms and taboos. Prerequisite: UKR 212 (formerly 150, 202) or consent of Department.Fall Term 2020
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In winter 2015, in collaboration with Drs. Bilash, Petryshyn, Kachur, Harasymiw, I was awarded a major research grant from the Kule Institute for Advanced Study for the project: Nationalities and Language Policies/Research Initiative on Democratic Reforms in Ukraine [RIDRU]. I am the team lead of the Nationalities, Culture and Language Policies cluster (one of three clusters under the project), whose research work focuses and will focus on the following (over the next three years):
1) preferences of various groups within the population regarding the legal status of Ukrainian, Russian, and languages of other minorities, and their function in certain public domains in different parts of Ukraine; (2) public discourse on the language issue after the demise of President Yanukovych; (3) changes in national identity due to the Euromaidan (February 2014 revolution) and subsequent Russian aggression; (4) national minorities’ responses to the recent upsurge of separatism and ensuing tension in the east and south of Ukraine; and (5) use of language and minority issues in the post-Maidan election campaigns and reform programmes. The findings will have direct and indirect implications for resolving Ukraine’s two existential dilemmas—the one being whether it belongs geopolitically to the West or to Eurasia, and the other its integrity, regarding its existence as unified nation.
Within this RIDRU research project, I assembled a team of researchers from Ukraine, US, Germany and Canada who are collaborating on this endeavour. The team has been delivering seminars and workshops for the university community, participating in symposia and organizing conferences. In addition, peer-reviewed publications are being produced by all members of the research team.
Currently, I am organizing a conference Language and Culture in Post-Maidan Ukraine: Transformations at Work. First online conference of the Nationalities, Culture and Language Policies Cluster. The Research Initiative on Democratic Reforms in Ukraine [RIDRU] project. University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB [http://ridru.artsrn.ualberta.ca/2016/03/30/call-for-papers-language-and-culture-in-post-maidan-ukraine/] (27 October)
Since 2014, together with Olena Sivachenko (PhD Candidate) and Oksana Perets (Research Fellow until Winter 2016), I continue to work on developing a new collection of teaching and learning resources for the Beginners’ Ukrainian level. Specifically, we already designed the Blended-learning Model resources, which were introduced in our UKR 111-112 in Fall 2015-Winter 2016. This model is an innovative method of combining face-to-face and on-line learning, while maintaining the same number of contact hours. It is a method of instruction/learning is becoming increasingly popular at post-secondary institutions.
Currently, O. Sivachenko and I are also studying students’ perceptions toward the Blended-learning model, which we plan to publish in 2017.
I am also collaborating with O. Sivachenko on revising another article, accepted for publication by the East West Journal of Ukrainian Studies. This article investigates students’ motivation and demotivation factors for studying Ukrainian subjects at the university level. We analyze the factors that contribute to students enrolling in Ukrainian studies courses, as well as those that contribute to the retention of students in such a program. The study will aid in the design or re-design of curricula that would meet the learners’ needs, making such a program more attractive and appealing to existing and prospective students. More generally, the study will contribute to the growing body of research on learner’s motivation not only in the language classroom, but also beyond (plan to publish: Fall 2016).More Information