English vs Ukrainian: A Morphology Comparison for US Educators of Displaced Ukrainian Students

by Dr. Jasmin (Bey) Cowin

To support teachers working with Ukrainian students, I prepared this grammar resource for teachers and students alike to showcase a morphology comparison between Ukrainian and English parts of speech. Morphological awareness has been related to literacy development including vocabulary development and reading comprehension (Ke & Xiao, 2015). 

I believe that developing morphological awareness across both languages, enables both teachers and Ukrainian students to use their linguistic repertoire across languages and benefit from their multilingual resources.

Dr. Jasmin (Bey) Cowin

In addition,  Translate Google is a useful tool for basic translations. Feel free to share my resource!

As displaced Ukrainian families are dispersing out across the country they are finding refuge with family, friends, and volunteers and enroll their children in school. In New York, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) Commissioner Manuel Castro launched New York City’s Ukrainian Response Initiative in June 2022, to help currently residing and newly arrived Ukrainian New Yorkers access immigration legal assistance, translation services, social services, and other resources. Information on how to access services provided through this initiative can be found on nyc.gov/ukraineresources or by calling NYC’s immigration hotline at 800-354-0365.  

New York State officials estimate New York will need more than 180,000 new teachers in the next decade, however, the teacher shortage is already hitting selected subject specialties and geographic areas. According to NYSUT, New York reports persistent shortages in teachers for special education, bilingual education, English as a Second Language, science, mathematics, English Language Arts, social studies, world languages, career and technical education, health education, literacy and library science.

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Ke, S., & Xiao, F. (2015). Cross-linguistic transfer of morphological awareness between Chinese and English. Language Awareness24(4), 355–380. doi:10.1080/09658416.2015.1114624 [Taylor & Francis Online][Web of Science ®][Google Scholar]

Author: drcowinj

Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs only to the people who prepare for it today,” determined Malcolm X at the O.A.A.U.’s [Organization of Afro-American Unity] founding forum at the Audubon Ballroom. (June 28, 1964). (X, n.d.) Dr. Jasmin Bey Cowin a Fulbright Scholar, SIT Graduate, completed the Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP™) at Columbia University, Teachers College. Dr. Cowin served as the President of the Rotary Club of New York and Assistant Governor for New York State; long-term Chair of the Rotary United Nations International Breakfast meetings; and works as an Assistant Professor at Touro College, Graduate School of Education. Dr. Cowin has over twenty-five years of experience as an educator, tech innovator, entrepreneur, and institutional leader with a focus on equity and access to digital literacy and education in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. Her extensive background in education, administration, not-for-profit leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, and technology innovation provide her with unique skills and vertical networks locally and globally. Dr. Cowin participates fully in the larger world of TESOL academic discipline as elected Vice President and Chair-Elect for the New York State, NYS TESOL organization, for the 2021 conference. Ongoing research, expressed in scholarly contributions to the advancement of knowledge is demonstrated through publications, presentations, and participation in academic conferences, blogging, and other scholarly activities, including public performances and exhibitions at conferences and workshops. Of particular interest to her are The Blockchain of Things and its implications for Higher Education; Current Global Trends in TESOL; Developing Materials and Resources in Teaching English; E-learning; Micro and Macro-Methodologies in TESOL; E-Resources Discovery and Analysis; and Language Acquisition and the Oculus Rift in VR.

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