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Slavonic Section marks arrival of Andrii Smytsniuk, first permanent Ukrainian Language Teaching Officer

Andrii Smytsniuk

The Slavonic Section and Cambridge Ukrainian Studies are pleased to announce that Andrii Smytsniuk will be joining the staff of the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics.

Andrii has been hired as the Slavonic Section's first full-time Ukrainian Language Teaching Officer and will lead the development of the Ukrainian language programme here at the University of Cambridge. He will teach the Ukrainian language component of the SL9 Paper: Introduction to the Language, Literature and Culture of Ukraine and will take on the Open Courses in Ukrainian that are offered on the elementary, intermediate and advanced levels. Additionally, Andrii will contribute to the teaching of Russian. His Cambridge activities, however, will not be limited to teaching, he will also participate in the further development of the celebrated Cambridge Ukrainian Studies public engagement programme.

Andrii Smytsniuk holds a degree in pedagogical methodology in teaching Ukrainian as a foreign language from Lviv National University of Ivan Franko and is an experienced language teacher. He has taught Ukrainian at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv and, as a Fulbright Scholar, at the University of Pennsylvania in the USA. He is part of the Reform Support Team of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and consults the Ukrainian government on questions of education reform and on the development of teaching standards, specifically in the area of language instruction. Andrii’s academic interests include cognitive, computer and corpus linguistics, economics, politics and modern Ukrainian poetry.

Andrii Smytsniuk’s expertise, his dedication to Ukrainian language and culture and his relocation to Cambridge mark a significant highpoint in the development of Cambridge Ukrainian Studies. We now have a permanent Ukrainian Language Teaching Officer as part of the Slavonic Section staff. As we continue to grow, keep abreast of these and other exciting developments at and on Facebook and Twitter.

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