SOAS University of London

Online Ukrainian Reading

ContactMarta Jenkala
DepartmentSchool of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL
LinkRead Ukrainian

Overview

The project enabled the production of a set of interactive self-access materials designed to support the acquisition of reading skills in Ukrainian.

Details

The materials were produced in two stages: Units 1-10 in Stage 1, followed by Units 11-20 in Stage 2. Each unit includes introductory notes on the topics covered, grammar notes, vocabulary lists and exercises.

Interactive exercises were produced and have been presented in the form of web pages, created using standard web authoring software and "Hot Potatoes".

Aims and Objectives

The main aim of the project was to provide students taking reading courses in Ukrainian with the ability to consolidate material learnt in class. This was accomplished by making the above-mentioned materials available online and encouraging students to work through them in their own time. The materials are also be useful as a supplement to the reading components of general courses in Ukrainian.

Rationale

Students taking language courses need materials which they can use in their own time to consolidate material taught in class. Although there are various self-access resources in Ukrainian already available, there is no in-depth collection of materials focusing primarily on reading skills.

The prior experience of language learning and knowledge of a related language can vary considerably among students in a typical language class. An important function of the materials is to support students with less language learning experience or related language knowledge than others in the class.

Products, Outputs & Outcomes

The output of the project is a set of interactive self-access materials presented as an integrated set of webpage files.

The webpages incorporate a process for users to provide feedback on the materials. During the course of the project such feedback was invited from current students of Ukrainian to help evaluate the materials as they were produced. Feedback subsequently received from users of the completed materials allows further evaluation on a continuing basis.

The Stage 1 materials cover approximately the first half of a one-year ab initio course in Ukrainian at undergraduate or postgraduate level. Stage 2 extended the materials so as to: complete coverage of the basic grammar presented over a one-year course; introduce further basic vocabulary needed to tackle straightforward reading texts; present strategies for reading for gist and reading for detail; enhance dictionary skills; and present further opportunities to practise all the above.