Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL Number 9. July 2023                     Pp. 161-172

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Gamified English Language Learning in Ukraine: Critical Divide between Tradition and

Olha Matviienko
Chair of Psychology & Pedagogy
Kyiv National Linguistic University, Kyiv
National Academy of Educational Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine

Svitlana Kuzmina
Department of Foreign Languages
Vinnytsia Mykhailo Kotsiubynskyi State Pedagogical University
Vinnytsia, Ukraine
Corresponding Author

Zoya Yanishevska
Department of Germanic Philology
Kyiv National Linguistic University, Kyiv, Ukraine


 Received: 04/15/2023                Accepted: 07/06/2023                Published:07/24/2023


The article aims to describe gamification and educational technologies integrated into English teacher education as impactful and novel practices in Ukraine. Therefore the study briefly reviews educational technologies and gamification research and presents empirical evidence from Kyiv National Linguistic University. Since Ukraine is determined to be in line with the world’s progressive tendencies and is striving for digital humanistic pedagogy, the significance of this study lies in proving that technology-assisted gamified English learning essentially transforms Ukrainian education and positively affects Ukrainian schools where the quality of English is on the agenda. The study’s central question addresses the benefits of gamified learning for building English proficiency in preservice teachers and developing necessary teacher competencies, projecting the effect on their in-service teaching at Ukrainian schools in the future. Collecting the data and carrying out the research employed mixed methods, engaging 43 future teachers of English in the 1st and 2nd years of training and 11 language instructors. The findings prove that the study is relevant and deserves further investigation for a successful application in English teacher preparation in Ukraine to make school classrooms motivating and engaging for enhancing English language education and reaching ambitious goals to meet the world’s standards in teacher training.
Keywords: Educational technology in Ukraine, English teacher education, gamification, gamified English
language learning, Moodle

Cite as:  Matviienko, O., Kuzmina, S., & Yanishevska, Z. (2023). Gamified English Language Learning in Ukraine: Critical Divide between Tradition and Innovation. Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL (9)161-172.


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Received: 04/15/2023 
Accepted: 07/06/2023    
Published: 07/24/2023 

Olha Matviienko is a Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences Full Professor at the Chair of Psychology and Pedagogy at Kyiv National Linguistic University. Dr. Matvienko is a Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine. She was awarded an Institute of International Education SRF grant in 2022-2023 (USA). The specific field of research is Comparative Pedagogy, interdisciplinarity.

 Svitlana Kuzmina served as a Fulbrighter at Southeast Missouri State University, USA, a grant-type -lecturing. Now she works as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Foreign Languages of Vinnytsia Mykhailo Kotsiubynskyi State Pedagogical University. The research interests include educational technologies, interdisciplinarity, and internationalization of education.

 Zoya Yanishevska is an Associate Professor in the Germanic Philology Department in the Chair of English Phonetics and Practice at Kyiv National Linguistic University. She holds a Ph. D. in Pedagogical Sciences. The specific research interests are English teacher training, methodologies of teaching English, and technologies for English language education.