68% of Ukrainians have certain knowledge of at least one foreign language. 51% of Ukrainian citizens have some knowledge of the English language.
This is evidenced by a study conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
According to the results of the survey, 40% of respondents know one foreign language, 23% – two languages, and 6% – three or more languages.
“Knowledge of a foreign language is higher among younger, educated and wealthy people. A relatively greater prevalence of foreign language proficiency is observed in cities with a population of more than 500,000 people (77%) and the capital (84%).” – says the study.
Almost a third of adult residents of Ukraine – 31.8% – do not speak foreign languages at any level. At the same time, only 1% of respondents believe that it is not necessary to learn foreign languages, and 32% are convinced that it is necessary to learn at least one foreign language. 44% of respondents spoke in favor of learning two languages, and 23% – for three or more.
“At the same time, only 31% know as many foreign languages as they consider the necessary minimum, and a significant share of respondents (58%) know fewer languages than, in their opinion, a modern resident of Ukraine needs to learn.” – claim the authors of the study.
When it comes to choosing one foreign language that must be learned by a resident of Ukraine, the majority of research participants (89%) name English.
At the same time, 51% of respondents answered that they have good knowledge of the English language, but only 23% said that they can read, write and communicate in this language at everyday and even professional levels.
Almost every second respondent (49%) does not have any English language skills – cannot even read and understand a short text.
The survey was conducted from December 25, 2022 to January 6, 2023 using the online interview method. A total of 2,001 adult residents of Ukraine over the age of 18 were interviewed.
The authorities plan to increase the level of foreign language proficiency among Ukrainians with the help of the National Program “English for Everyone”. Within its limits, access has already been opened to two free tools that will help improve language skills:
- Promova is a language learning platform and app with a personalized approach;
- Empower is a British initiative from Cambridge, available to all Ukrainian universities.
We will remind you that earlier we wrote that Ukrainians will be able to get certificates for learning the English language through “eSupport“.
Iryna Batiuk, “UP. Life”
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