Technologically Enhanced Language Learning and Instruction: Подорожі.UA: Beginners’ Ukrainian


  • Olena Sivachenko University of Alberta
  • Alla Nedashkivska University of Alberta



This article reports on the development of a new blended-learning model for beginners’ Ukrainian language learning and instruction, an innovative approach in foreign language education. This model is a combination of face-to-face and online learning and is a response to new realities in education, and language learning in particular, in our fast-paced, technologically enhanced everyday life. The authors focuses on the design of their new blended-learning textbook Подорожі.UA (Travels.UA), which contains a considerable online component, closely interconnected with in-class, or face-to-face, learning and teaching materials. They discuss their approach to the pedagogical design of this new model, used in the textbook, and also address piloting challenges. The study concludes with a report on the overall success of this project and invites others who teach Ukrainian at postsecondary levels to pilot the project in their institutions.


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Author Biographies

Olena Sivachenko, University of Alberta

PhD candidate in Slavic Applied Linguistics in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Alberta, and research associate in the Ukrainian Language Education Center, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta

Alla Nedashkivska, University of Alberta

Professor of Slavic applied linguistics in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies and an acting director of the Ukrainian Language Education Centre at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Alberta