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Introduction to Ukrainian language and culture
Introduction to Ukrainian language and culture

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2.1 This is your course, make it your own!

You can take as much from it as you want or as little as you have time for. Make the course work for you.

Set your goals and decide what you need to focus on to meet them.

For example:

Example 1 

You are hosting Ukrainians and you want to communicate with them and help them feel at home.

Learn about Ukrainian culture and the key language in each unit. This will make your guests feel welcome, they can find their way around your house, (Week 3), you can offer them food and a cup of black tea (Week 4) and have a chat about your families and friends (Week 2). If they have school-age children, look at the education section (Week 5). Hopefully, your guests will be fit and well, but just in case, you can learn to understand some common symptoms and pains (Week 5).

You could also ask your guests to study parts of the course with you. That will be good for your Ukrainian and their English. In the course resources, you’ll find a document with information about how you can support your guests with learning English.

Example 2 

You volunteer at your local foodbank, and you want to make your Ukrainian customers feel welcome.

Learn about Ukrainian culture and the key language in each unit – focusing particularly on Week 4 (Food and Drink) and, if you’re short of time, less on houses, homes, education and health.

Example 3 

You are a teacher or teaching assistant and you want to help your Ukrainian students settle in.

Learn about Ukrainian culture and the key language in each unit, particularly section 5.1 on education. Teach your class to say Ласкаво просимо! Laskavo prosimo! (Welcome) and decorate posters with the words Ласкаво просимо! for display.

Example 4 

You are a healthcare professional. Your Ukrainian patients will be reassured if you speak some Ukrainian, especially about tests, diagnoses and treatments. Week 5 is for you, but Week 1 (greetings and professions), Week 2 for chatting about families and Week 4 (in case of food allergies) are also useful.

Example 5 

You love learning languages and want to take your Ukrainian learning as far as you can.

Learn everything, including grammar and the alphabet.