The University of Tartu starts teaching Ukrainian
From March 15, the University of Tartu College of Foreign Languages and Cultures starts teaching Ukrainian. The course is meant for beginner learners and is taught on the basis of Estonian and English. Both students and everyone else interested in learning Ukrainian are welcome to join.
The course provides basic knowledge of the Ukrainian language and develops reading, writing, listening, and conversation skills, as well as a brief overview of Ukrainian culture and history. The language courses are supervised by Denys Teptiuk and Anna Branets from the University of Tartu who both speak Ukrainian as their mother tongue.
"Given the difficult situation in our homeland, we are convinced that now is the right time to offer the opportunity to gain knowledge about the Ukrainian language and culture again," said Denys Teptiuk, Research Fellow in Mordvinic languages, who has also taught Ukrainian at the university before.
According to Anna Branets, a doctoral student in Estonian and Finno-Ugric linguistics and Senior Specialist for International Marketing, anyone coming in contact with the Ukrainians who have arrived in Estonia should consider learning the language. “Although the essentials can certainly be communicated in several other languages, it is a good opportunity to get to know Ukrainian culture and thereby also the Ukrainian people. It would certainly be worthwhile for employers and professionals working in various support centres to consider learning Ukrainian. It should also not be forgotten that there are many children among those who have arrived in Estonia, with whom the Ukrainian language may be the only option,” said Branets.
The course is intended primarily for those who have not previously studied Ukrainian. After completing the course, the students can talk about everyday topics, have a basic knowledge of grammar, and can read and understand simpler texts. The courses also include listening to contemporary Ukrainian music and watching films that help to enhance language skills.
The course takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 18:00 to 19:30 at Jakobi 2, Tartu. The first meeting is already on March 15 and the course will last until June 2. Students can register for the course in the study information system, all others interested can participate as continuing education learners.
More information about registering can be found on the website of the University of Tartu College of Foreign Languages and Cultures.
Photo: Andres Tennus (University of Tartu)