In May, the University of Groningen will host two free webinars open to people who are interested in learning about the Ukrainian language.
The course organizers noticed that more and more people in Groningen are having contact with Ukrainian refugees, following the start of the Russian invasion at the end of February. Some are teachers who now have Ukrainian children in their classes, some are hosting refugees in their homes, and some have new Ukrainian colleagues. With the free webinars thus RUG hopes to help locals further connect with the refugees.
Yuliya Kazanova, lecturer in Russian at the Department of European Languages and Cultures at the University of Groningen, will be hosting the webinars. Kazanova has previously taught Russian language and Slavic literatures at the University of Leeds and is a Chartered Linguist (Translation and Education).
The webinars will be in English, and it will be possible to sign up for both or to just follow one of the two.
The first, on Tuesday 10 May, will focus on the Slavic language family to which Ukrainian belongs. In this webinar, Kazanova will explain how Ukrainian relates to the other Slavic languages and make a short introduction to Ukrainian literature.
At the second meeting, on Tuesday 17 May, participants will receive a crash course in Ukrainian and will learn some useful words and sentences.
This is another step in the University’s efforts to help Ukrainians settle in the province of Groningen, which follows the initiative of making their Beginners Dutch online course free in April.
Sign up here.