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Alla Nedashkivska, PhD



Modern Languages and Cultural Studies

About Me

I am a Professor of Slavic Applied Linguistics in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies (MLCS). I have been teaching at the University of Alberta since 1999.

Currently I am Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies in MLCS. In 2013-2019, I was Acting Director of the Ukrainian Language Education Centre at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Alberta.

I hold a BA in Slavic Philology from the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. I completed my graduate studies in the United States, receiving a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Slavic Linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh. During my graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, I taught Ukrainian and Russian, including summer intensive language courses for 4 years. I also taught Ukrainian language and linguistics for three years at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Toronto as a Visiting Lecturer before my academic appointment at the U of A.


My primary area of work and research is in applied linguistics in Slavic linguistics, discourse analysis, gender linguistics, political and media language, as well as language pedagogy and second language acquisition in Ukrainian.

In 2015-2018, I was Team Lead of the Nationalities, Culture and Language Policies research cluster of the Research Initiative on Democratic Reforms in Ukraine (RIDRU) international research project.

Since 2016 I have been collaborating with colleagues in Slavic Studies at the Dresden Technical University on a joint project "Ukrainian Identity: The Self and the Other in the Context of the Ukrainian Diaspora".

I author University level Ukrainian language textbooks. My advanced language textbook Ukrainian Through Its Living Culture, (University of Alberta Press, 2010) has won the 2012 AATSEEL Book prize for “Best Contribution to Language Pedagogy”. 

And my open-access textbook Ukrainian for Professional Communication, published by the University of Alberta Press/ Pica Pica Press, was recognized with the 2018 Inaugural University of Alberta Open Educational Resources Award.

In collaboration with Olena Sivachenko, Sergiy Kozakov, Daria Polianska and Oksana Perets I am finalizing the textbook

ПОДОРОЖІ.UA: Ukrainian for Beginners. Blended-learning model [in progress; forthcoming]


At the University of Alberta I teach Ukrainian language courses at all levels, from beginners’ to advanced, including courses such as Business Ukrainian, Ukrainian in Media and Internet, and Ukrainian in TV and in Film. I strive to develop new content courses, such as the highly popular Language Issues… , and regularly teach Ukrainian linguistics courses and the University of Alberta's intensive summer language and culture program in Lviv, Ukraine. At the graduate level, I teach courses in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Analysis. I also taught graduate seminars in Slavic Gender Linguistics, Comparative and Typological Slavic Linguistics, and Contemporary Language Issues in Ukraine, Russia and Poland. I have supervised a number of MA and Ph.D. students working on various topics of applied linguistics and on various languages.

I am the proud recipient of the 2008 Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Teaching Award

Thank you to my students!