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Ukrainian Language Instruction in Great Britain and Alberta: Similarities and Contrasts

Description: CIUS Seminar Audio Part 1 and 2.

The seminar, "Ukrainian Language Instruction in Great Britain and Alberta: Similarities and Contrasts," was presented on November 28 by Ihor Kruk, M.A. candidate in Slavic literature at the University of Alberta.

The speaker drew a parallel between the Ukrainian educational systems developed by the Ukrainian-speaking communities of Edmonton and Britain, 60,000 and 20,000 respectively. Whereas the British Ukrainian community has a "ridna shkola" system of 810 pupils in 30 schools with 116 teachers (1977-78), there were 528 pupils in 11 schools with 43 teachers in Edmonton (1978-79). A comparison of the two systems indicates that the British Ukrainians have a more coordinated system of "ridni shkoly" which includes a centralized educational program, visits by inspectors and standardized final examinations. Britain has only one professor at a public university who can teach Ukrainian; Edmonton has five professors of Ukrainian at the University of Alberta. Edmonton also has a bilingual programme in eight schools, with over 700 students in public and separate schools combined, a programme which does not exist in Britain. Alberta also has 34 junior high schools and 18 senior high schools which offer public instruction in Ukrainian. Nothing comparable exists in Britain's state educational systems, though "0" level examinations are available to those who study Ukrainian privately.

The speaker also discussed the historical development of Ukrainian language instruction both in state and private "Saturday" schools, programs of teaching and teaching methods, the falling language fluency of younger generations, and teaching requirements for the future.

Found in CIUS Newsletter Vol 3 Issue 1 (Winter 1978)
Author: CIUS
Publisher: CIUS
Date: November 28, 1978
Contributor: Ihor Kruk
Language: English, Ukrainian
Original Format: Magnetic tape, audio cassette

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CIUS, “Ukrainian Language Instruction in Great Britain and Alberta: Similarities and Contrasts,” CIUS-Archives, accessed August 5, 2020, https://cius-archives.ca/items/show/1980.
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