Department of the Ukrainian Language, Principles of Psychology and Pedagogics

About us

The Department of the Ukrainian Language, Principles of Psychology and Pedagogics of KhNMU was founded in August 1994.
The functions of the department are diverse. The philological component is realized through teaching native first-year-students of the Ukrainian language for professional purposes, as well as teaching foreign students of the 1st-2nd year for the Ukrainian language, developing methodological support for these disciplines, improving knowledge of the Ukrainian language of research and teaching staff and workers, popularization of the Ukrainian language, philological editing of scientific and teaching staff”s scientific works at KhNMU, etc.
The psychological component of the department work is implemented in cooperation with the Psychological Service of KhNMU and consists not only in teaching a number of psychological disciplines (eg, “Psychology of Communication”, “Fundamentals of Social Psychology”), but also in participating in various training programs of the Psychological Service of KhNMU to improve the team climate, combating professional burnout, etc.
The pedagogical component is connected with the professional improvement of pedagogical competencies of KhNMU teachers by training specialists in the specialty “Educational, pedagogical sciences”, as well as the organization of teaching refresher courses in three cycles on the department. In this direction, the department works closely with the Educational and Scientific Institute of Postgraduate Education and the Educational and Scientific Institute of Education Quality.
The teachers” scientific work on the department is connected with the scientific aspects development of the organization of teachers and students work and training, in particular with the study of didactic forms and methods of teaching (primarily innovative), pedagogical skills, public speaking. In addition, the department has a student research workshop, which allows students to join the scientific work of the department.
The Department of the Ukrainian Language, Principles of Psychology and Pedagogics of KhNMU cooperates with the Department of Pedagogy of V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, the Department of General Pedagogy and High School Pedagogy of H.S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University, the departments of Kharkiv National Medical University. We are going to establish contacts with representatives of Hartwick College (USA) in order to develop ways of the students and teachers” academic mobility and exchange.

4 Nauki Ave., 5th floor, main building, Kharkiv
Head of department
Fomina Liudmyla Volodymyrivna
Candidate of Philological Sciences, Professor
Responsible persons
Kalinichenko Olga Vasylivna
responsible for educational work, Candidate of Philological Sciences, Associate professor
Skorbach Tetiana Vasylivna
responsible for scientific work and student scientific workshop, Candidate of Philological Sciences, teacher
Колектив кафедри
Nikolaieva Alla Oleksiivna
Candidate of Philological Sciences, Professor
Rybalko Liudmyla Serhiivna
Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences, Professor
Lebedynets Tetiana Mykhailivna
Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences, Associate Professor
Samolysova Oksana Volodymyrivna
Semashko Antonina Andriivna
Hepenko Lyudmyla Oleksandrivna
Nalyvayko Nataliya Anatoliivna
Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences, teacher
Nesterenko Anastasiya Kostiantynivna
Candidate of Philological Sciences, teacher
Sheiko Anastasiya Olexandrivna
Candidate of Psychological Sciences, teacher
Firsova Yana Yuriyivna
Koshova Yuliya Mykhailivna
Goretska Anastasiya Mykolayivna
Candidate of Psychological Sciences, teacher
Kokhan Diana Mykolayivna
Ph.D., teacher
Kalina Kateryna Evheniivna
History of the department

The history of the Department of the Ukrainian Language, Principles of Psychology and Pedagogics began with the section of the Ukrainian language, established in October 1993 at the Department of Russian Language of KhMI and headed by T.M. Kalmykova. In August 1994 the section was reorganized by the order of the rector of KhMI and it got the status of the Department of the Ukrainian language as an independent and strong link of the educational process. From the first days of its existence until today the department is headed by the Candidate of Science (Linguistics), professor Fomina Liudmyla Volodymyrivna.
During 1993–1994, Ukrainian language courses for the teaching staff of the university functioned at the department. In September 1995, the department was renamed the Department of the Ukrainian Language, Principles of Psychology and Pedagogics. Since 1996, the Ukrainian language course has been taught to foreign students studying in Russian. In the same year, the department began teaching the course “Principles of Psychology. Principles of Pedagogics” for English-speaking students.
Since 2014, the specialty “High School Pedagogy” (license AE № 527103) has been introduced at the department. The educational program, which provides training in this specialty, was developed and implemented in the educational process in 2017 for 2017-2018 in order to provide educational space of the second (master’s) level of high education (order № 59-a of 13.02.2017). Currently, this educational program provides training for students majoring in “Educational, pedagogical sciences”. At the origins of the specialty were Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences, Prof. Rybalko L.S., Candidate of Philological Sciences, Prof. Fomina L.V., Ph.D., Assoc. Kuznetsova I.V., Ph.D., Assoc. Husak O.G., Ph.D., Assoc. Lebedynets T.M. and others. Later, Ph.D. Sheiko A.O. joined the teaching of specialties, Ph.D. Ridkozubova S.O., Ph.D. Nalyvayko N.A., Head of the Psychological Service of KhNMU Ph.D. Horetska A.M.
In 2018, the Department of the Ukrainian Language, Principles of Psychology and Pedagogics began conducting seminars to improve knowledge of Ukrainian-language professional competence (Order № 229 of 23.07.2018 “On the establishment of a commission to verify the level of proficiency in the state language”).
By the order of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine dated 10.09.2020 № 221-l Kharkiv National Medical University received a license for advanced training of teachers, field of knowledge 01 “Education/Pedagogy”, specialty 011 “Educational, pedagogical sciences”, which scientific and teaching staff can pass at the department of the Ukrainian Language, Principles of Psychology and Pedagogics.

Department today

Today, the Department of the Ukrainian Language, Principles of Psychology and Pedagogics works in different areas, combining philological, psychological and pedagogical components.
The priority aspect of the department’s philological activity now is the organization of foreign students’ training of Ukrainian language education, in particular: the development and improvement of methodological support for teaching Ukrainian as a foreign language, creation of appropriate e-courses on distance learning platform Moodle, popularization of the Ukrainian language among foreign students, language adaptation of foreign and English-speaking students, the Ukrainian language knowledge improvement of scientific and pedagogical workers and employees of KhNMU.
A topical psychological issue today is the psychological burnout of educators and the development of measures to combat this phenomenon. The psychological activity of the department, which is carried out jointly with the Psychological Service of KhNMU, is devoted to this.
The pedagogical activity of the department is multifaceted. First of all, it is connected with the assistance in professional development of scientific and pedagogical workers of KhNMU and other institutions of higher education (implemented jointly with the Educational and Scientific Institute for Quality of Education of the KhNMU and Educational and Scientific Institute for Postgraduate Training of KhNMU): training of specialists in “Educational, pedagogical sciences” (second higher education), organization and holding of advanced training courses, seminars of the Ukrainian-language professional competence improving. In addition, the main aspect of the department’s pedagogical activity today is the introduction of the most modern teaching methods and technologies into the educational process in accordance with the scientific theme the department “Innovative teaching technologies in medical education”.
Much attention is paid to educational work with students. In particular, university and departmental events tended to popularize the Ukrainian language are organized annually. These events are dedicated to honour the memory of prominent representatives of Ukrainian culture and significant events in the history of the state. Among the events are various poetry evenings, lessons of remembrance, creative competitions, student dedications, graduation evenings, etc.
Together with the Scientific Library, events dedicated to Ukrainian books’ anniversaries, as well as various virtual literature exhibitions, online meetings, other educational and socio-cultural events aimed at forming national identity through the Ukrainian language are organized.
Every year the department holds the first stage of the International Competition of Ukrainian Language Experts Named after Petro Jacyk and the Taras Shevchenko International Language and Literature Competition for Student Youth, the winners of which take part in the second stage of the competitions. A competition of amateur poets is held among first-year students, the winners of which take part in the All-Ukrainian Shevchenko Readings.
The head of the department prof. Fomina L.V. and the teacher of the department Samolysova O.V. publish regular articles in the newspaper “The Medical University” (in the columns “Significant dates”, “Events”, and “Literary heritage”) about the life and work of prominent Ukrainians, educational work of the department. It is planned to introduce a rubric “Learn from others and do not shy away from your own” to popularize Ukrainian medical terminology.
Teachers of the department translate medical publications into Ukrainian, review and edit educational and reference materials compiled at the Ukrainian language departments of other Ukrainian medical HEIs.

Educational process

The department teaches Ukrainian (for professional purposes) for students of I-IV medical faculties and dental faculties, Ukrainian as a foreign language for English and foreign students (V, VI, VII faculties for training foreign citizens), a number of disciplines of psychological and pedagogical direction (“Principles of psychology and interpersonal communication”, “Social psychology”, “Pedagogy and the art of teaching in high school”, “Psychology of work and conflict management”, etc.), disciplines specialty “Educational, pedagogical sciences” (“Theory and practice of vocational education”, “Planning and organization of the educational process”, “Didactic systems in higher education”, “Modelling of educational and professional training”, etc.). Teachers of the department conduct classes in Ukrainian and English.
The educational process is carried out in compliance with the principles of student-centered learning, modern information and communication technologies. We widely use both traditional (story, explanation, conversation, work with a book, demonstration, observation, problem statement, partial search method, research method) and innovative teaching methods (briefing, webinar, virtual consultation, group discussion, business and role play, case method, round table, brainstorming, portfolio method) in the training of students at the department. Currently, due to quarantine restrictions, the educational process at the department has been completely transferred to distance learning.
Practical training of students majoring in “Educational, pedagogical sciences” takes place at the Department of the Ukrainian Language, Principles of Psychology and Pedagogics or (by agreement) at the department where the applicant works.
The following elective courses are taught at the department: “Ukrainian as a foreign language”, “Fundamentals of psychology”, “Principles of pedagogy”, “Theory and practice of professional language communication”, “Principles of social psychology”, “Psychology of communication”, “Pedagogical communications”, “Fundamentals of Psychology and Interpersonal Communication”, “Principles of Rhetoric”, “Stylistics of Business Speech and Editing”, “Comparative Pedagogy of Higher Education”, “System Approach in Higher Education”, “World Experience and Trends in University Education”, “Theory and Methods education”, “Pedagogical communication and rhetoric”, “Communications in professional activities”, etc.

Scientific work

Research interests of the department
Topics of scientific works of the department staff are various: linguistic training of students of non-philological specialties in the context of European recommendations for study, teaching and assessment; language, methodology and practice of linguistic training of foreign students, introduction of innovative learning technologies in the educational process of KhNMU, psychological and pedagogical problems in the educational process, culture of professional speech, adaptation of the first-year students.
Research topics, department research
Teachers of the department are working on the scientific topic “Innovative learning technologies in medical education” from the section “Pedagogy”. Scientific adviser is the head of department, Professor Fomina L.V. The purpose of the research is to study innovative forms and methods of teaching, pedagogical skills, public speaking. Over the last five years, the range of research in pedagogy has expanded.
Participation in research projects, including international ones
Teachers of the department regularly take part in scientific conferences in Ukraine (Kharkiv, Kyiv, Ternopil, Pereyaslav-Khmelnytsky, Poltava, etc.) and abroad (Republic of Poland, Slovak Republic, Republic of Slovenia, Islamic Republic of Iran). etc.).
Scientific products of the department: patents, monographs, copyright certificates, articles and other
In recent years, about 300 scientific papers have been published in professional journals, including journals indexed by the Scopus and Web of Science scientometric databases. Prof. Fomina L.V., prof. Rybalko L.S., teacher Nalivayko N.A., teacher Nesterenko A.K., teacher Hepenko L.O. took part in writing sections of collective monographs. Teachers of the department defended their dissertations and received the academic title of Candidate of Sciences (Doctor of Philosophy): Nesterenko A.K. – 2016, Kokhan D.M. – 2021. The teacher Hepenko L.O. is preparing for defence of the thesis.
Scientific and practical conferences held by the department
Together with other departments (biophysics, informatics and medical equipment; medical biology, parasitology and genetics; bioinorganic, physical colloidal and bioorganic chemistry) the annual International Scientific Conference “Formation of a modern concept of teaching natural sciences in medical schools” is held. In 2019, the department held a scientific-practical Internet conference, which was attended by teachers of natural sciences, scientists and practitioners of Ukraine.

International activity

 Participation in international projects

In order to establish ways of academic mobility, as well as students and teachers exchange, the department cooperates with representatives of Hartwick College (USA).


Teachers of the department with the assistance of the International Relations Office constantly improve their professional skills by participating in international internships. In particular, in recent years they have taken part in the following internships:

  • International advanced training (webinar) “Cloud services for online learning on the example of the Zoom platform”, Lublin, Poland (Fomina L.V., Kalinichenko O.V., Hepenko L.O., Nalyvayko N.A., Sheiko A.O., Nesterenko A.K.);
  • Pedagogical internship “Assessment of the educational quality in the European Union higher education – the Polish experience” at the Higher School of International Relations and Social Communication, Republic of Poland (Hepenko L.O., Nesterenko A.K.);
  • Internship “European integration and innovations in education” (Ljubljana, Slovenia) (Fomina L.V.);
  • Foreign internship, Chelm, Poland, University of International Relations and Social Communication. Evaluation of the Quality of Education in Higher Education of the European Union (Fomina L.V., Nalyvayko N.A.);
  • Scientific and pedagogical internship “Pedagogical education as part of the education system of Ukraine and the EU” at the University of Kuyała in Wloclawek (Poland) majoring in “Pedagogical and Psychological Sciences” (Rybalko L.S.);
  • Educational trainings of the webinar series “School of quality of medical education: European aspect” with the support of the European Union under the program “House of Europe” (Fomina L.V., Nesterenko A.K.);
  • Scientific and pedagogical internship “Philological education in a modern university – a project approach to the organization of work in accordance with the provisions of the European Qualifications Framework (experience of Danubius University) in “Philological Sciences”, 4 credits, Slovak Republic (Nesterenko A.K.);
  • Participation in the USERN 2020 Congress, Tehran, Iran, 07.11.2020-14.11.2020. The 5th International USERN Congress and Prize Awarding Festival November 7th – 10th, 2020 Tehran, Iran (Nalyvayko N.A.).
Postgraduate education

The Department of the Ukrainian Language, Principles of Psychology and Pedagogics offers a second higher pedagogical education in the accredited specialty “Educational, Pedagogical Sciences”. The educational program (EP) is tended to educate teachers who already have higher (non-pedagogical) education.

The educational program is aimed at forming the personal and professional qualities of a university teacher, armed with knowledge, skills, abilities, able to use information and communication technologies in professional activities, as well as innovative methods and learning technologies, capable of self-education, constant updating of scientific knowledge, professional mobility, rapid adaptation to changes in the socio-cultural sphere, which adheres to the principles of academic integrity and impartiality, endowed with the ability to integrate the experience of domestic and foreign scientific schools into the educational space, who is able to solve complex psychological situations in the educational process, clearly navigates its activities on the principle of student-centred learning.

Student scientific society

Workshop coach – teacher Skorbach Tetyana Vasylivna, Candidate of Philological Sciences.

Workshop members – students of KhNMU who are concerned about the problems of psychological and pedagogical adaptation of students to the educational process.

Format: distantly.

Schedule: monthly.

Areas of work: development of scientific research skills, development of individual creative abilities, formation of public speaking skills, speech culture, search of cultural heritage, acquaintance with monuments of Ukrainian culture, cultural heritage of the native land.

Normative documents of the educational process
Educational materials