UI student introduces Ukrainian speaking club on campus

Lisa R. Parker

Very first-calendar year university student Oksana Hirchak is offering to instruct the East Slavic language to some others on campus via a Ukrainian Conversation Hour.



College of Iowa initially-calendar year scholar Oksana Hirchak teaches through a Ukrainian Dialogue Hour at the Heart for Langauge and Culture Learning in Phillips Corridor at the University of Iowa on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. Hirchak, from Lviv, Ukraine, started the Ukrainian Dialogue Hour, which began on April 12. Hirchak hopes to instruct students about her language.

The University of Iowa has a scholar-led Ukrainian Dialogue Hour twice a 7 days as the Russia-Ukraine war carries on.

Oksana Hirchak, a very first-year college student from Ukraine, explained she arrived up with the notion just after tensions rose concerning Ukraine and Russia in February. The Heart for Language and Cultural Learning accepted the club and is internet hosting the conferences.

“Given what’s going on in Ukraine appropriate now, through the war, I believed people today would be much more intrigued to know about Ukraine,” Hirchak said.

As the conflict proceeds, the United Nations Office environment of High Commissioner for Human Legal rights described that as of April 18, there have been 4,890 civilian casualties in the region with 2,072 killed and 2,818 hurt.

Hirchak explained she went to the UI’s Centre for Language and Cultural Finding out at the commencing of April and spoke with director Claire Frances.

Frances reported it is essential to build intercultural competence by way of discovering languages inside of and out of a classroom placing.

“We’re seeing a war unfold in entrance of our eyes in actual-time on all of our social media feeds, on the news, or in the papers,” she said. “It is a lot more essential than at any time to attempt to recognize all those cultures that are at war,” she mentioned.

After Frances authorised the club, she and Hirchak took a week to advertise ahead of the initial conference. The two made use of the Centre for Language and Cultural Discovering Instagram account and e-newsletter to market the club.

Hirchak claimed Ukrainian works by using the Cyrillic alphabet as its composition, and a lot of of people who attended the to start with assembly now realized the alphabet.

“In the very first conference, I had five students,” she reported. “Most of them use the Cyrillic alphabet, which the Ukrainian language employs and which is because they researched Russian just before or some of them are however learning Russian.”

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Frances reported Hirchak seeking to teach a language on campus is “flipping a switch” on the method the Heart for Language and Cultural studying that is presently in area.

“Through the application that’s marketed on our internet site, college students can occur to me and say ‘I’d genuinely like to understand Hindi. I would like to learn Turkish. I would like to learn a language that’s not taught at the university,’” Frances explained. “And then I do my ideal to consider to discover them a tutor or resource.”

Frances explained the Middle of Language and Cultural Mastering is having to pay Hirchak to teach these who appear to the biweekly meetings.

Hirchak said she is commencing the club by instructing essential phrases that can assistance anyone start out a conversation in Ukrainian.

“I started with like ‘Hello. How are you?’ like with these phrases in Ukrainian, if you had to notify about your mood like superior, wonderful and so/so and then ‘what’s your identify?’” she reported.

Extra than just college students show up at the course, Hirchak explained.

“I experienced a person who is effective in the library, and I had a individual who is effective at the medical center,” she claimed. “There was a man who arrived yesterday, and I didn’t talk to him what he did or what he was carrying out, but he’s not a college student.”

Hirchak said she ideas to continue on the club as very long as she has college students who go to.


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