• to practise hstening for specific information and the intensive
• to develop learners' reading skills using interactive reading
What is the population of Ukraine?
What are the major cities and their population?
The population of Ukraine is 47 million people. 68 % of the population
is urban; 32 % is rural.
The major cities: Kyiv — 2.8 milUon, Kharkiv — 1.6 million,
Dnipropetro-vsk — 1.2 million, Donetsk — 1.1 miUion, Odesa — 1.1 million, Lviv
— 1 milUon. Population density is 85.7 people per sq. km.
Introducing the Topic
POPULATION OF UKRAINE The population of Ukraine is 47 million people. 68
% of the population is urban; 32 % is rural. Ukraine is the Motherland of
representatives of more than 100 nationalities, the Ukrainians making 73 %.
Russians comprise 22 %, Jews, Bielarussians, Moldovans, Bulgarians, Poles,
Hungarians Romanians Greeks, Tatars, Armenians Gypsies and Germans — 5 %.
There are a lot of Ukrainians in the world, out of which 6.8 million
make the Eastern diaspora — such countries as Russia, Kazakhstan, Moldova,
Bie-larus. About 5 million live in the countries of Europe, North and South
America and Australia. The Ukrainian communities living abroad have always
taken the joys, problems and sorrows of Ukraine close to their hearts.
The history of the population of Ukraine's territory dates back many centuries.
The Middle Dnieper area was the center of the first state of the Eastern Slavs.
The Northern part also grew and prospered. An intensive settlement of the south
regions began in the 19th century.
Before The First World War poverty and national oppression forced the
poor to move to Siberia, Central Asia and Far East. The landless poor from the
Western Ukraine emigrated to Canada, the USA, Brazil and Argentina.
In the famines of 1921, 1933 and 1947 10 million Ukrainians perished.
The Ukrainians are known as hardworking, skilled farmers, patriots of
their land, good family men and devoted wives. They are typically kindhearted,
friendly, hospitable and well wishing. Ukrainians value consideration and realistic
view of life. They have a special sense of humor. They can be bitingly
A) Choose the words from the box to complete the sentences.
hardworking; density; population; emigrants; Hutsuls
1. _of Ukraine is over 47
2. The population_is 8 5.7 per square kilometer.
3. Ukrainians are known as_skillful farmers.
4. The first Ukrainian_arrived in Canada in 1891.
5. _is an ethnographic group of
B) Are the statements true or false?
1. The Upper Dnieper was the centre of the East Slav State.
2. The average population density is 28 people per sq. km.
3. Most population in Ukraine is urban.
4. Many Ukrainians live in the countries of Eastern Asia and Africa.
5. The majority of the Ukrainian people are friendly and hospitable.
C) Put the questions to these statements.
1. The population of Ukraine is 47 million people. What... ?
2. Ukrainians have a special sense of humor. Ukrainians ...,...?
3. Hutsuls is an ethnographic group of Ukrainian highlanders. Who... ?
4. The first Ukrainian emigrants arrived in Canada in 1891. When... ?
5. An intensive settlement of the south regions began in the 19th
Work in groups. Group 1
Read the text using the following interactive reading strategy: put some
marks on the margins:
S — information you know;
contradicts your ideas;
+ — new information;
? — information you are interested
Read the text and fill in the information from the text into the table.
What I know What I want to know What I've learnt
Over 18 million Ukrainians live outside Ukraine.
Desperate needs and life conditions in their Homeland made them look for
their happiness over oceans and seas. Most of them settled in Canada and the
Ivan Pylypiv and Vasyl Eleniak are considered to be trailblazers of
Ukrainian emigration. They arrived in Canada on the ship "Oregon" in
September 1891. Both were 33 years of age when they came here from the
Carpathian village of Nebyliv. In the next 25 years 250.000 of their
countrymen followed them.
In 1991 a centenary of Ukrainian emigration to Canada was celebrated. R.
Hnatyshyn, Governor-general of Canada, a Ukrainian by birth from Cher-nivtsi,
said in his speech: "Ukrainians were indispensable to the economic growth
Most of the overseas Ukrainians no longer speak Ukrainian, but they
still worship in their own churches and are aware of their origin.
The first political emigrant to the United States was Anapii Honchrenko
(1832—1916). He established in San Francisco a newspaper Alaska Herald with
Ukrainian supplement Svoboda. He published the paper, glorifying Ukrainian
Cossacks, popularizing T. Shevchenko's poems, and defending democracy,
individual freedom and private initiative.
Over 1,200.000 Ukrainians live in the USA. There they achieved less success
than in Canada because of large assimilation. But Ukrainians in the USA
organized a wide network of different societies to help each other, with a
total sum of money over 1 billion dollars. The percentage of persons with
higher education among Ukrainians is higher than among Americans. Ukrainian
woman can use their education to get profit better than American women.
Americans of Ukrainian origin take an active part in the ACCELS Program
maintaining English language training and American studies in Ukraine.