Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 12. Number3   September 2021                                         Pp.375-384

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Foreign Language Teaching of Ukrainian University Students in a
Distance Learning Environment 

Olena Pylypenko
Foreign Philology and Translation Department
National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine
Kyiv, Ukraine

Liubov Kozub
Department of Foreign Languages for Mathematical Faculties
Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
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Received:  6/28/2021              Accepted:  9/21/2021             Published:  9/26/2021


The Covid-19 pandemic has forced Ukraine, like other countries, to move to distance education. The study aims to analyze the distance learning experience of Ukrainian philology students, to find out the pros and cons of distance education, those things that motivate students, and the challenges they face while studying online. The survey consisted of a questionnaire and embraced 105 respondents. The survey goal was to collect data that would allow concluding about the effectiveness of distance education for Ukrainian philology students at the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine, particularly for the study of foreign languages. The significant results of the survey include: obtaining reliable data on the effectiveness of distance learning of Ukrainian philology students through their feedback in questionnaires, online testing, a variety of writing assignments, and assessment in the online classroom, finding out the most effective distance learning tools, the main features of teacher – students interactions in a distance-learning environment. The research proves that Ukrainian philology students overall positively evaluate their distance learning experience. It does not negatively impact students’ foreign language learning motivation. Despite a positive attitude to distance learning, Ukrainian philology students face particular challenges connected with access to devices, lack of information and communications technology skills, Internet connection, and lack of communication with their peers. The finding reveals, whatever are the benefits of distance education, it cannot entirely replace face-to-face learning.
Keywords: distance learning environment, educational technologies, foreign language teaching, Ukrainian university students

Cite as:   Pylypenko, O., & Kozub, L.  (2021). Foreign Language Teaching of Ukrainian University Students in a Distance Learning Environment.  Arab World English Journal, 12 (3) 375-384.


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Received: 6/28/2021
Accepted: 9/21/2021
Published: 9/26/2021 

Olena Pylypenko, PhD in Pedagogy, Associate Professor at Foreign Philology and Translation Department, National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine. Her areas of interest include means of foreign language teaching, competency-based education, pedagogy and education.

Liubov Kozub, PhD in Philology, Associate Professor at Department of Foreign Languages for Mathematical Faculties, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Her research interests are in the area of experimental phonetics, sociolinguistics, pragmatics, text linguistics, innovative methods of teaching English for specific purposes.