UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


SEEU0001 Ukrainian Language Level 1

UCL Credits: 30

Total Learning Hours: 300

ECTS: 15

Level: Beginner

Course Unit: 1.0

Terms 1 and 2

Module Coordinator: Marta Jenkala

Taught By: Marta Jenkala

To find out more about this module, please contact the Module Coordinator.

Weekly Contact Hours:  5 hours per week
Prerequisites: None
Compulsory Module for: Ukrainian and East European Studies, Russian and Ukrainian, Russian with Ukrainian, Modern Languages combined degrees of which Ukrainian is a component

Summative Assessment

20 minute oral examination (15%)
40 minute aural examination (15%)
3 hour written examination (70%)

Formative Coursework

Progress is carefully monitored, in particular in the early stages of the course, through a number of formative assessment tasks (reading and translating, writing and delivering short presentations in class) and homework exercises.

Module Outline

This is a course for students who have little or no prior knowledge of Ukrainian and who wish to attain a level of competence that will allow them to communicate effectively in a number of straightforward situations. Students will also be introduced to the reading of simple texts, including works of literature, in Ukrainian. The course provides knowledge of basic Ukrainian grammar and vocabulary as well as an introduction to the culture of Ukraine and societies where Ukrainian is spoken.


By the end of the course students should be able:

  • to understand authentic basic spoken and written Ukrainian (including straightforward radio and television materials etc.) presented at a measured pace; to extract required information and record it accurately and coherently in English.
  • to express orally and in writing simple facts, opinions and emotions and describe uncomplicated sequences of events in Ukrainian; to participate in conversations relating to everyday life and on straightforward topics using straightforward Ukrainian; to speak about selected aspects of life and culture in Ukraine and societies where Ukrainian is spoken.

Indicative Texts

Course materials produced by the teacher will be provided.

Core learning materials:

Bekh, O., Dingley, J., 2010 (1993, 2003). Complete Ukrainian. London: Hodder.

Palinska, O., Turkevych, O., 2011. Крок 1: Українська мова як іноземна, А1-А2. Lviv: Artos.

Jenkala, M. 2009. Read Ukrainian! Materials designed to support the acquisition of reading skills in Ukrainian. CEELBAS Language Repository and www.ukrainianlanguage.org.uk.

Material from the following will also be provided in class or may be used independently:

Ukrainian Online Beginners Course. UCL Moodle.

Shevchuk, Y., 2011. Beginner’s Ukrainian with interactive online workbook. New York: Hippocrene.

Pugh, S., Press, I., 1999. Ukrainian: A Comprehensive Grammar. London: Routledge.

Please note: This outline is accurate at the time of publication. Minor amendments may be made prior to the start of the academic year.