Yuri Shevchuk

This professor has earned a CULPA gold nugget

Dec 2020

I don't know what these other reviews are talking about. Maybe Yuri was a different person before COVID-19 and now he's possessed. He is incredibly harsh to students who take Elementary Ukrainian and don't have a background in Slavic languages, especially when it comes to oral exams, which you can expect never to get a known grade for. He will absolutely grade you against students with Ukrainian families and Russian backgrounds who understandably will have an initial better grasp of the language, and he will compare you to your classmates in that regard. He knows Ukrainian, that is objective. But is he a good teacher? Sure, if you enjoy being judged in a way that isn't beneficial to your education at all.

Apr 2014

Добрий день! Just so you know, I have no prior experience in other Slavic languages and had to learn pretty much from scratch. Prof. Shevchuk is a great guy! He's very passionate about the language and the culture and it really got me more interested with Ukraine myself! (And with everything that is happening there right now, it's a hot topic.) Since the class size is small, each student gets a lot of attention and he really wants to help us learn the language and get comfortable with the material. In the first semester, due to scheduling, I was alone for most of the classes, which was daunting at first, but became very helpful for me in learning the material. Now, we also use video conferences technology for a student at Yale, and everything has been going really great! It actually doesn't feel like we are video conferencing at all and that everyone is in the classroom. Sometimes we wouldn't even notice that class ended 15 minutes ago since we are all having a lot of fun learning the language. Also, he grades very fairly, as the curve is based on how much you as an individual as improved throughout the course. Since everyone else in my class knows Russian, Polish, or another Slavic language, this is great for me as someone who had no idea what declensions were, the structure of the grammar, and even the alphabet. I'm going to continue with Ukrainian next year since I enjoyed it so much. Even though this was an 9:00AM class, I was really excited to get up for class and learn the language.

Jan 2012

Professor Shevchuk is an extremely recommended teacher. From day one he works with the class to ensure that everyone completely understands the material, then provides an immersive and helpful environment to learn the language. Shevchuk is extremely dedicated and passionate about Ukraine and the Ukrainian language, and it really shows in the class. The coursework can get slightly tiring depending on your schedule, but in the end it helps make the class an extremely useful way to learn the language.

Jan 2006

Professor Yuri Shevchuk is an incredible teacher. Firstly, he knows the Ukrainian language, grammar, society, and culture very well. Secondly, he knows many other languages such as Polish, Russian, French, and Spanish, and so it's really cool when he points out to you how what youÂ’re saying is Polish, for example, instead of Ukrainian. He is a relatively young guy who has a great sense of humor and runs the class so well that you don't ever really look at the clock until you realize that you're late for your next class. What is most important I think is that he truly loves Ukraine and it's culture, and so takes a lot of issues, such as that of language, very seriously and thus gives you insight into a lot of things that you thought you understood well, but really don't. As to the work-load, he lists all of the assignments on the web, and make sure that anything that says "in writing" is handed in, because he usually won't remind you to hand anything in. From monday to wednesday or tuesday to thursday (depending when you have it) he gives mainly grammar or vocab practice exercises that don't take long to complete. Over the weekend there is more work but nothing that can't be handled in several hours. He did not give a midterm, but had three tests throughout the semester that were pretty easy, but still needed to be studied for. He offered to replace the final with a translation project. His grading is pretty strange in that he will grade you on improvement rather than your scores. So for example, you'll probably do well if you start off with C's and move up to B+s or something. The numbers are definitely not the letters in this class, grades-wise. Since Ukrainian is a difficult language as all Slavic languages are, background is important. So, he will never grade you against a person who all ready knows it much better than you do. Overall I highly recommend this course. It's not only grammar and repetitive vocab stuff, but you learn about Ukrainian literature, cinema (he is big on cinema, runs the Ukrainian cinema club too), and more. Look, i am a planning science/math major and I did not need to take this course because i already fulfilled the language requirement by testing out, but i still did because it is so worth it, you really will enjoy it.