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Ukrainian Course Outline

The Cactus Course Outlines provide a learning framework for the Cactus Foreign Language Evening Courses. They are designed to provide you with a good idea of what you might cover over a 10-week period, and include typical themes, grammar and vocabulary fields. They are flexible rather than prescriptive, in that our teachers may decide to adapt their learning plans to the specific level, aims and interests of their classes. Use the tabs below to view the relevant Ukrainian course outline for your level.

Beginner 1

Topics & Vocabulary
  • Alphabet, spelling, pronunciation
  • Greeting people
  • How to introduce yourself/members of your family. How to ask someone what their name is
  • How to identify objects (e.g. “this is my house”)
  • Simple description of the room
  • How to say you like something
  • The names of countries and nationalities
  • How to offer things
  • Talking about your family
  • How to make a telephone conversation
  • How to say what is possible and what is necessary
Grammar
  • Three gender of nouns and adjectives
  • Personal, possessive and demonstrative pronouns
  • How to ask simple questions using question words – Хто? – Що?
  • Singular and plural form
  • Verbs in dictionary form
  • Conjugation of the present tense verbs
  • Ending of the Accusative case – nouns and adjectives
  • Prepositions – на, – про, – за, – чи
  • The Genitive case – nouns, pronouns  and adjectives
  • Prepositions used in Genitive case
Cultural Content
  • Formal and informal way to address people
  • Reading about Ukrainian cities Kyiv and Chernihiv
  • Information about Ukrainian surnames
Skills work
  • Alphabet / Writing / Reading
  • Pronunciation – key sounds
  • Practicing and building simple sentences
  • Listening to dialogues and being able to understand
  • Counting from 1 to 10

Beginner 2

Topics & Vocabulary
  • How to find your way around
  • How to say that you have or don’t have something
  • Book a hotel room
  • Changing money
  • Talking about how old you are
  • Talking about the weather and the seasons/ months in Ukrainian
  • Counting from 11 to 1,000,000
  • How to tell the time by the clock
  • Days of the week
  • Talking about events in the past.
  • How to use some time expressions
  • How to play sports and musical instruments in Ukrainian
  • Expressing an agreement
  • How to talk about events that will be happening in the future
  • Means of travel
Grammar
  • Negative expression.
  • Information about accent (stress)
  • Verbs that end in – ся. Reflexive verbs
  • Giving things to people – The Dative case
  • Dative case – noun, pronoun, adjective endings
  • Past tense verbs
  • Locative case – the use of the prepositions
  • Special features of Ukrainian verbs. Verbal aspect – Imperfective/Perfective verbs
  • Future tense of the verbs
  • Instrumental case
  • More about describing events in Future
  • Verbs denoting motion in Ukrainian
  • Short form of Adjectives
Cultural Content
  • Names in the Ukrainian
  • The climate and weather in Ukraine
  • Plans to develop trade with Ukraine
  • Flying with Ukrainian Airlines
  • Going through passport and border control
Skills Work
  • Lots of speaking
  • Listening to the dialogues
  • Role play and language games

Beginner 3

Topics & Vocabulary
  • Describing the interior of the house or flat
  • Reading small ads in the newspaper
  • Talking about your knowledge of foreign languages
  • Ordering a meal in a restaurant
  • Learning directions
  • How to say I am sorry, I am late
  • Conducting business talks
  • Going shopping for clothes
  • Learning some medical terminology
Grammar
  • Collective numerals
  • Read small ads in the newspaper
  • How to address people using the vocative case
  • Adverbs – how to say – in the English manner, a Kyiv-style, ext.
  • Alternation of the vowels
  • Alternation of the consonants
  • Conditional forms of verbs
  • Comparative and superlative degree of adjectives
Cultural Content
  • Informal way to address Ukrainians
  • Ukrainian dishes
  • Eating in Ukraine
  • Kyiv and its history
  • Getting around in Ukraine
  • Business talks
  • Shopping
  • Medical service in Ukraine
Skills Work
  • Lots of speaking
  • Listening to the dialogues
  • Role play and language games
  • Read and understand small ads in the newspaper

Elementary 1

Topics & Vocabulary
  • Describe the character and external appearance of other people.
  • Ask politely for assistance.
  • How to change the subject
  • Visiting as a guest
  • The major festivals
  • Writing letters in Ukrainian.
Grammar
  • Use of Verbal Adverbs
  • The Reciprocal pronoun – one another/ each other.
  • More on impersonal sentences.
  • Exclamation
  • Indefinite and negative words.
  • Participants and passive sentences
  • Passive sentences
  • Imperative
  • Vowels that disappear and reappear
  • Another way of denoting possession.
  • Some more negatives
  • something about world building.
Cultural Content
  • Train travel in Ukraine
  • Visiting Ukrainians as a guest
  • The major festivals celebrated in Ukraine
Skills Work
  • Lots of speaking/active practice
  • Spelling
  • Lots of listening and testing the comprehension
  • Learning exercises such as role plays and games

Understanding Language Levels

If you are taking a language course with Cactus you can find out more about our language levels and how you can track your progress using the ‘can do statements’ below. These statements outline the key things that you should be able to say and understand once you have completed each level. Can do statements are officially recognised as a set of performance-related scales describing what a learner is able to do in a foreign language, in accordance with the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) and the CEFR defined levels.

CEFR Levels

If you are taking a language course with Cactus you can find out more about our language levels and how you can track your progress using the ‘can do statements’. These statements outline the key things that you should be able to say and understand once you have completed each level. Can do statements are officially recognised as a set of performance-related scales describing what a learner is able to do in a foreign language, in accordance with the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) and the CEFR defined levels.

Beginner (A1)

  • You can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type
  • You can introduce yourself and others
  • You can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where you live, what you do, people you know and things you have
  • You can ask and give directions
  • You can order food and drink
  • You can make very basic travel and accommodation arrangements
  • You can have a basic conversation, provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

Elementary (A2)

  • You can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas including basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography and employment
  • You can communicate in simple and routine tasks, requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters
  • You can describe, in simple terms, aspects of your background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need
  • You can comfortably ‘get by’ when visiting the country, albeit with some difficulty.

Intermediate (B1)

  • You can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • You can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken
  • You can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest
  • You can describe experiences and events
  • You can talk about dreams, hopes and ambitions
  • You can briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans
  • You could consider working in the country using the language (e.g. bar/counter work, waiting service in cafes or basic office work).

Upper Intermediate (B2)

  • You can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in your field of specialisation.
  • You can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible, without strain for either party.
  • You can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue, giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
  • You can do business with speakers of the language in most run-of-the-mill situations.

Advanced (C1)

  • You can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning
  • You can express yourself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions
  • You can use the language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes
  • You can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, logical flow of text, and clear awareness of the audience.

Proficient (C2)

  • You can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read
  • You can summarise information from different spoken and written sources
  • You can reconstruct arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation
  • You can express yourself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely
  • You can differentiate finer shades of meaning, even in the most complex situations.

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