This publication presents the results of an extended and intensive baseline investigation, carried out on behalf of the British Council and the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine from 2014 to 2016, into the role and status of English in fifteen higher education institutions across Ukraine. It includes an account of the methodology used to gather data, a presentation of the main research findings, and a set of recommendations for further action. The sample of fifteen universities, each with different specialisms and located in different parts of the country, was considered to constitute a sufficiently representative basis for generalisations and conclusions to be drawn.

Findings indicated a need for action in a number of key areas within a national policy to promote the teaching of English and teaching academic subjects through the medium of English, including the English language curriculum, the number of hours and years allocated for the teaching of English, professional development for both teachers of English and those using English as a medium of instruction (EMI), and awareness of international standards of language proficiency. The recommendations will be of interest to anyone engaged in English for Specific Purposes, English for Academic Purposes or EMI in higher education in the wider region.

By Rod Bolitho and Richard West

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