Ukrainian

Добра форма (Dobra forma; Good Form)

Textbooks like Beginner’s Ukrainian (2013) and ЯБЛУКО: Elementary Ukrainian (2015) are good solutions for heritage learners of Ukrainian or for those with prior experience in Russian.  They fall short, however, for those learners without this foundational knowledge, as the presentation of grammar in these books is often telegraphic and relies too heavily on direct explication of rules and the use of mechanical drills.

Dobra forma (Good Form) will provide a web-based overview of Ukrainian grammar with contextualized activities that enable students to internalize correct grammatical forms as they focus on the communication of meaning.  This approach recognizes that students need to see, hear, and process a target structure in context multiple times before they can reliably produce it themselves.  The modules will, therefore, begin with activities that encourage students to comprehend what is said or written before they focus on how the target structure encodes that meaning; and only after these crucial, initial steps will the students proceed to activities in which they produce the target structures themselves.  Known in Second Language Studies as structured input and structured output, these activities will enable students to gain an implicit knowledge of grammar that will increase their ability to interpret new structures.

Approximately forty modules will cover basic usage for nouns, pronouns, and adjectives; basic verb usage in the past, present, and future tenses, as well as the imperative; an introduction to verbal aspect and verbs of motion; basic use of cardinal and ordinal numerals; yes/no and special questions; and comparative and superlative adjectives. In addition to free downloadable pdf worksheets, each module will include a series of computer-graded activities.  Modules in this project will be released in a serialized fashion, with work completed during the Summer of 2020.