About the project

The English for Universities project was initiated by the British Council Ukraine in December 2013 after the Ukrainian Ministry of Education had identified the improvement in levels of English in Ukraine’s universities as a priority.

The project aims to make a commitment to helping Ukraine make a transformational change in the level of English among both university teaching staff and students at which they can fully participate on the international stage.

The project objective is to help Ukraine create its own sustainable EL teaching capacity to take students to B2 or C1 CEFR levels; introduce standards.

This will be carried out based on the recommendations of consultancies assessing what is needed to reach goals of fluency in English amongst more staff and students.

Project participants:

In the first instance, the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine selected three universities to take part in the project, namely:

In spring 2015 three more universities were incorporated:

Since September 2015 the project has incorporated three more universities:

In April 2016 the following four universities joined the project: 

In autumn 2016 the project expanded with two more universities on board:

Zaporizhzhya National Technical University and

Chernihiv National University of Technology 

In spring 2017 six universities (including 4 displaced universities) have joined the project:

  • Volodymyr.Dahl East Ukrainian National University (Sievierodonetsk)
  • Taurida National V.I.Vernadsky University (Kyiv)
  • Donetsk National Technical University
  • Lugansk National Agrarian University
  • Mariupol State University

Pryazovskyi State Technical University

Based on the six consultancy visits to the participating universities at the beginning of 2017, we drafted a Baseline Study on ESP and EMI Teaching in Ukrainian universities. On 7 March 2017, we presented our findings to the representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, rectors and teachers of the participating universities. The British Council consultants shared their recommendations to improve the quality of ESP, EMI teaching in tertiary education. Event participants developed an action plan to implement quality changes in their universities.

The project intends to take a flexible and holistic approach depending on the needs and goals of specific universities focusing on the three main groups:

  • teachers of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) and English for General Academic Purposes (EGAP);
  • subject teachers using English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) or for research and international purposes;
  • general students who need to understand English either for course requirements or as a specific target for the universities (excluding those studying English as a subject in itself).

Implementing the project we:

  • visited 15 universities and conducted a baseline study on the status of English teaching as well as teaching of specialized disciplines in English;
  • presented our report with the results of baseline study to representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, the Institute of Higher Education of the National Academy of Educational Sciences of Ukraine and the management of the participating universities;
  • based on the results of the study developed an action plan to improve English teaching;
  • in 2015, held professional development school for more than 300 participants: ESP, EAP, EMI teachers, scientists and heads of ESP departments;
  • in 2016, involved into professional development school more than 283 university teaching staff;
  • from the beginning of 2017, held professional development school for 145 university teachers, including new project participants;
  • conducted a train-the-trainer course for a group of Ukrainian trainers who have already started to support their university colleagues within the British Council teacher development events.

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