Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on Covid 19 Challenges April 2021                         Pp.136-146
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/covid.10

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New Challenges Imposed by the Pandemic on a Ukrainian University 

Olga Matvienko
       Department of Psychology, Pedagogy and Physical Education
Kyiv National Linguistic University, Ukraine
A Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine

Svitlana Kuzmina
Department of Foreign Languages
Vinnytsia State Mykhailo Kotsiubynskyi Pedagogical University, Ukraine
Corresponding Author: svitlanakuzmina@gmail.com

Tamara Yamchynska
  Department of Foreign Languages
Vinnytsia State Mykhailo Kotsiubynskyi Pedagogical University, Ukraine

Yevhenyi Kuzmin
Department of Computer Science
Vinnytsia National Technical University, Ukraine

Tamara Glazunova
      Department of Foreign Languages
Vinnytsia State Mykhailo Kotsiubynskyi Pedagogical University, Ukraine

 

Recived:  3/7/2021                    Accepted: 4/7/2021                      Published:4/26/2021  

 

Abstract:
The article’s main aim is to highlight the challenges English language education faced in Ukraine after the outbreak of the pandemic. Since Ukrainian education had traditionally been face-to-face before the crisis, and technology integration was slow, the lack of online infrastructure and distance learning methodologies in Ukrainian universities aggravated uncertainty and anxiety regarding learning quality. The authors show how the Vinnytsia State Mykhailo Kotsiubynskyi Pedagogical University (VSPU) withstands the challenge of reflecting on the experience, which might be typical of higher education institutions. The research engages 321 future teachers of English and applies mixed methods. The significance lies in consolidated effort and capacity to modernize that yield positive outcomes, despite insufficient experience and funding. It also states that student opinions count.
Keywords: English language education, online instruction, pandemic challenge, quality of learning,
Ukrainian university

Cite as: Matvienko, O., Kuzmina, S.,  Yamchynska, T., Kuzmin, Y.,& Glazunova, T. (2021). New Challenges Imposed by the Pandemic on a Ukrainian University. Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on Covid 19 Challenges   (1) 136-146.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/covid.10

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Olga Matvienko is Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences, Full Professor, Chair of Psychology, Pedagogy and Physical Training Department at Kyiv National Linguistic University. Dr. Matvienko is a Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine. The specific field of research is Comparative Pedagogy, interdisciplinarity. She is an author of many scientific publications. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7306-7594

Svitlana Kuzmina – a Fulbright scholar. She served as Fulbrighter in Southeast Missouri State University. Now she is an Assistant Professor at the department of foreign languages of Vinnytsia State Pedagogical University. She teaches Advanced Skills of Conversational English and Methodologies of Teaching English to the undergraduate and graduate students. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3794-3139

Tamara Yamchynska is Dean of Foreign Languages Department at Vinnytsia State Pedagogical University. Due to the efficacy in university leadership, she has been serving as the dean the third term this year. She has got a doctoral degree in Philology. The field of the research is English Philology and Leadership in Higher Education. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4121-5062

Yevheniy Kuzmin has got a doctoral degree in Computer Science. The subject of his dissertation is “Modelling of Local Human-Machine Systems of Collective Interaction”. He teaches Multimedia Systems, Software Construction, Software Design in Vinnytsia National Technical University. He is a creator of software for the web-blended education international project. https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6230-1413

Tamara Glazunova is an Associate Professor at the department of foreign languages in Vinnytsia State Pedagogical University. She has got a doctoral degree in Pedagogy. The specific interest of the research is innovative methodologies of teaching English in preparation of an English teacher of a new generation. She is an active participant of New Generation School Teacher project. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0765-9417