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IPSC 2017

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I can never get tired of saying that IPSC 2017 was a small life, every moment of which deserves to be remembered forever. A small life that gave birth to many new friendships and partnerships that found each other across the globe. Distances of thousands of kilometers now seem miserable and nothing of an obstacle.

Being under strong impression, I want to share with you most memorable events of the week which I spent with the most talented public speakers from 50 different countries as a representative of Ukraine in London.

First and foremost, trip to Shakespeare’s Globe was so interactive and engaging that we kept discussing it to the end of our public-speaking-marathon-week. We had an amazing tutor Tom Davey. He taught us crucial actors’ techniques of making a speech your own on example of Macbeth, Shakespeare’s character. This massive workshop gave each person in the group much needed boost of confidence and helped get to know each other better!

Secondly, country presentations of participants were something to remember! It feels as if I can still hear Malaysian violin motives playing in my left ear and soothing Italian timber in my right. During these few hours of exchanging most amusing facts and stories from our lands I felt like I’ve taken a ‘round-the-world tour’. Crossing borders never felt more imponderable and comprehensible at the same time.

Last but not least, hearing the SPEECHES! Yes! Forty seven people came together to speak, and every single person had their own story related to the topic of 2017 – ‘To Define Is To Limit’. Listening to them, my feelings were changing from goose bumps to fear, from compassion to overwhelming love. I definitely recommend to listen to all of them! In our speeches we open unique perspectives on issues common around the world from diverging (sometimes even contradicting) surroundings.

 

I thank the English-Speaking Union from the bottom of my heart for this opportunity to be a part of the IPSC 2017! This competition proves that public speaking gives a glance into borderless future created by us, the up-and-coming generation!

by Kateryna Ilchenko

 

 

 

 

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4-05-2017, 19:02

ПРИЄМНІ ЕМОЦІЇ ВІД ЗУСТРІЧІ

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27 квітня 2017 року до факультету іноземних мов для зустрічі зі студентами завітали двоє іноземців з Донецького медичного університету. Батьківщина одного зі студентів-іноземців Шрі-Ланка, інший – з Африки. Вони розповіли про їх цікаве та повне насичених моментів життя, величезну кількість подорожей до різних країн та проживання і навчання в Англії та Америці. Така інформація була цікавою та актуальною для молоді, що навчається на факультеті іноземних мов. Особливо студентів зацікавило питання, що стосується життя та навчання в Англії, адже отримати освіту в цій країні є мрією для багатьох. По словам іноземців потрапити до Англії важко, але можливо. Головне - працювати над собою, чітко бачити мету і тоді нічого не зможе завадити досягнути своєї цілі. Гості також розповіли про своє навчання в медичному університеті, про те, що вони задоволені викладачами та університетом  загалом. Іноземці та студенти факультету іноземних мов отримали приємні емоції від зустрічі та цікаву інформацію.

 

Солодєй Даря

Студентка 1 курсу (11 група)

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Meeting with the foreign guests

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Getting known about the meeting with the international guests, the freshmen and second-year students of the Faculty of Foreign Languages were in anticipation of new acquaintances and interesting experience, but nobody expected this meeting to pass so easily. Hamza and George are foreign students of Donetsk National Medical University, in Kropyvnytskyi.These guys have gone through a long way before studying at our local university. Their future profession is a doctor and both of them have interesting and complicated life stories shared with us.

Hamza was born in a large Muslim family in Sri Lanka. When he was 10 years old, his family moved to the UK. Hamza lived in Sheffield, as small English town as ours. He told the story about his mother, who had had some dental problems in her childhood. That experience led him to choose that profession. But then there is the question ‘Why did he move to Ukraine?’ Studying in the UK is too expensive in comparison with Ukraine.

George was born in a very poor family in Ghana. He wanted to be a doctor for a long time because in his country there is a problem with well-qualified doctors, particularly dentists. Both of them have recently come to Ukraine, and Kropyvnytskyi as a place for studying was chosen for various reasons. Hamza likes especially this town because of its being rather small with a calm life, and as you understand he does not like a bustling citylife. George moved from Donetsk to Kropyvnytskyi because transferring of Donetsk National Medical University here.

Moreover, the guys gave us good advice about learning foreign languages and studying in general. Hamza talked a lot about ways of learning English, such as reading aloud, listening and chatting with native speakers. But in addition, he told us that it would be good to treat learning more easily, divide it into parts and gradually learn it, not just to mug up. As for George he is convinced that in any case education is not difficult, but it isn’t simple too. And whether people do something or not depends only on them. According to his point of view, the main problem of every person is laziness. Their pieces of advice were motivating and can be useful in our further studying of foreign languages.

Besides it was interesting to get know about their experience in studying Ukrainian and Russian. As teaching in the university is only in English, the boys are not able to master them. Hamza said that the Ukrainian and Russian languages were enough prestige and would help in his future work. That's why he wants to learn both of them here excellently. But George wants to learn only Ukrainian. The Russian language for them is quite complicated, and the difficulties arise because people in Kropyvnytskyi communicate in both languages at once.

Though it was a usual meeting, the understanding of each other because of almost the same age gave the lightness of the meeting. All of us enjoyed the way of communicating so much that we would like to continue it further, show the city and treat the boys with the traditional Ukrainian dishes. We look forward to a new meeting!

 

Daria Mykolenko

 

2 Year student

 

 

 

 

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22-04-2017, 22:32

NEED A BREAK? BECOME A VOLUNTEER!

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“I need some break!” – thought Nataliia Tkachenko after receiving her Master’s degree at Kirovograd University. Having decided that she did not want to start working immediately as an English teacher, whom she had been supposed to be, it appeared to a young girl that the best way to spend her time profitably and relax after 6 years of intensive studying was to become a volunteer. Searching through the Internet for the possible options Nataliia’s interest was kindled by Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (ARSP) about which she gladly told the students of KSPU at the meeting that took place on 19 April, 2017 at the Faculty of Foreign Languages.

The main aim of ARSP is to establish friendly relations among the nations through fighting discrimination, racism and prejudices. The volunteers from different corners of the world, who are lucky to participate in achieving this noble goal, get a chance to spend a year working in one of ARSP placements. During this year young people, aged 18-27, can develop better and deeper understanding of history, broaden their mind-set and become closer to other cultures.

Nataliia’s point of destination was Poland. Being sure that she was going to work in Wrocław, the city that appealed to her imagination due to the magnificent sights, the girl was a little bit confused when she was offered another place – Oświęcim (Auschwitz). “The first associations that come to your mind hearing this name are not positive: the image that appears in front of your eyes is more likely to be the former German concentration camp where more than one million people, mostly Jews and Poles, were exterminated. But soon I knew another  Oświęcim - a beautiful ancient town that has a rich history. The perspective to be involved in the work of the International Youth Meeting Centre, a kind of educational institution, inspired me” – Nataliia told the students.

Arriving in Oświęcim as a volunteer the girl was provided with accommodation and a sum of money to cover food and basic necessities expenses. The first month was totally devoted to training: she attended seminars learning a lot of intriguing facts about the Second World War period. When the course was over Nataliia’s workdays began: her primary task was to accompany international groups, who came to visit Auschwitz museum. But being a creative personality Nataliia also took part in the organization of various workshops and exhibitions. When the year of this enriching experience came to the end, the girl understood that she was not ready to leave the place where her heart belonged to. By happy fortune the centre had a vacancy for that time which Natalia applied for and was accepted.

Besides volunteering background, Nataliia also shared her experience in mastering different languages. She knows five languages, including Ukrainian, Russian, English, Polish, German, and currently is mastering the sixth one – Hebrew (the knowledge of which she kindly demonstrated in front of the audience  who agaping with wonder bore in mind their own struggles in mastering at least two languages). Nataliia claims that her secret is absolute language immersion. Having remembered one week spent in Germany after which she returned to Poland with a groundbreaking bundle of the German language knowledge, Nataliia assured that the best language teachers are native speakers, who in relatively short period of time can present you with practical knowledge of the language.

Another interesting point for discussion emerged when Nataliia was asked about the peculiarities of living abroad and the differences in Polish-German-Ukrainian mentality. Highly appreciating our neighbours’ determination, straightforwardness, and activeness, the girl mentioned that these are the features Ukrainians should develop. However, we are easier in becoming real friends: the Poles and the Germans are very cautious with letting people in their private space.

The meeting turned out to be a very successful informal event. Nataliia showed us the importance of knowing history for creating more prolific tomorrow, encouraged for further efforts in mastering languages and through her own example proved that volunteering is one of the best ways for those who still do not know which life direction to choose and where to search for inspiration.

 

P. S. If you also got interested in ARSP, you can visit

either its international website https://www.actionreconciliation.org/home/

or the Ukrainian one http://www.asfukraine.org.ua

 

Yana Hrebeniuk,

 

a third-year student, Faculty of Foreign Languages, KSPU

 

 

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Young generation admires W. Shakespeare's poetry

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On the 20st of April, 2017 the English-Speaking Union Ukraine welcomed semi-finalists of the National Shakespeare Competition 2017. Twenty-nine participants from different educational establishments of Kirovograd region gathered in Volodymyr Vynnychenko Central Ukrainian State Pedagogical University. Talented reciters delivered the sonnets of one of the most well-known poet, playwright and actor of the English history William Shakespeare. National Shakespeare Competition is an annual event run by the English-Speaking Union Ukraine to honour the prominent artist as well as to find new talents among the Ukrainian youth.

This year the rules were changed a little bit. Each participant had to select, memorize and perform one sonnet from Shakespeare's 154 sonnet cycle for Round 1 (make a video presentation), and a different one for Round 2. Students could not wear costumes or use props of any kind (including chairs, jewellery, items of clothing, etc.). Music accompaniment was not allowed. When all the participants performed their sonnets the jury chose 9 finalists who had to recite the sonnet they had prepared for Round 1.

The competition provided a great possibility to display the knowledge and skills students had. At the beginning of the competition the Dean of the Foreign Languages Department, Dr. Oleksandr Bilous welcomed the participants and encouraged them to have unforgettable experience and enjoy performing.
This year one of the judges was a Community Development Specialist with the U.S. Peace Corps Mrs. Gail Flister Vallieres. She was very glad to meet such talented students. The other judges were
Head Methodologist of the Foreign Languages and International Education Exchanges Center of Kirovograd Regional In-Service Institute Iryna Kossa and ESU representatives: Dr. Margaryta Danilko, Dr. Laryssa Yarova and Dr. Nadiia Ivanenko. It was difficult for them to choose the very best from the best!

Every participant made all the efforts to recite the chosen sonnet as well as possible. Some performances took audience’s breath away. Having a long discussion after the 2nd stage, the judges announced three winners. Dariia Ivashchenko, a 3 year student of the Faculty of Foreign Languages placed first. A 2 year CUSPU student Karyna Kovalchuk took the second place. And the third place - Helen Zabedilina, 2 year CUSPU student. All the winners were awarded with the prizes from the ESU Ukraine.

Participation in this contest helps students to develop speaking skills and discover the beauty of Shakespeare's poetic language that promotes understanding and learning of the  English language and literature. In this way, the English-Speaking Union is trying to attract young people to the interactive study of the works of the English literature, develop their skills in public speaking.  

We decided to take part in this competition to test our declamatory and public speaking skills. It was a great pleasure to perform in front of such audience and to listen to other participants. This competition gave us energy boost, unbelievable emotions and memories. The victory inspired everyone to new achievements and self-improving. We love William Shakespeare! And performing the sonnet we felt as if we were real actors on the Globe Theatre stage. So we wish everybody to experience such emotions. Just learn by heart a sonnet and try yourself! You’ll be shocked at your inner power!

Karyna Kovalchuk

Helen Zabedilina,

 

the winners of the NSC 2017

 

 

 

 

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Congratulations to the winners of the English-Speaking Union Ukraine Shakespeare Competition 2017!

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I place – Daria Ivashchenko

(Central Ukrainian State Pedagogical University,

3 Year)

 

II place – Karyna Kovalchuk  

(Central Ukrainian State Pedagogical University,

2 Year)

 

III place – Olena Zabedilina

(Central Ukrainian State Pedagogical University,

2 Year)

 

 

 

We highly appreciate all the efforts made by the participants and wish them every success in their future endeavors! 

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The ESU Ukraine is delighted to announce the semi-finalists of the National Shakespeare Competition 2017!

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The semi-finalists are listed in random order:

  1. Ivashchenko Daria
  2. Haliatovska Viktoria
  3. Stepaniuk Liza
  4. Kovtunenko Kate
  5. Budun Viktoriia
  6. Diachenko Anna
  7. Makhmudova Jasmina
  8. Honcharenko Maryna
  9. Tynkaliuk Ivanna
  10. Gerasymenko Anastasiia
  11. Lyashchenko Anna
  12. Bezuhla Alina
  13. Puchnina Daria
  14. Kovalchuk Karyna
  15. Borshchenko Alina
  16. Salamashenko Karolina
  17. Zabedilina Helen
  18. Maiboroda Yuliia
  19. Krykotnenko Oleksandra
  20. Chernenko Helen
  21. Corsa Yuliia
  22. Hluschenko Ann
  23. Tsukanova Valeriia
  24. Dzhus Helen
  25. Lugovaya Ann
  26. Levchenko Helen
  27. Vovchenko Nataliia
  28. Remizova Ann
  29. Pogribna Ann

 

The semi-finalists are invited to take part in the Final Stage of the competition which starts at 10.30a.m. on 20April, 2017 inthe KSPU library building.(Kropyvnytskyi, 1Shevchenko Street, a new building, 2 Floor).

Registration is at 10.00 a.m.

At the Semi-Final participants are to recite a sonnet different from the one presented at Round 1.

At the Final participants are to recite the same sonnet they presented at Round 1.

 

 

 

 

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HOW COURAGEOUS ARE YOU ON THE SCALE FROM THE STEWED SQUIRREL TO THE CROCODILE MEAT?

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WARNING:Keep people with empty stomachs and extreme love to the squirrel and raccoon cartoon characters away from this article!

 

Hamburgers, hot dogs, turkeys, doughnuts, corns, organic food. Such a fountain of stereotyped answers got Vickie Nailing, the representative of the US Peace Corps in Kropyvnytskyi, when she asked the students of KSPU what images appear in their head when they hear such words as “American food”. Proving our stereotyped vision of this issue, Vickie brilliantly crashed all our illusions and devoted the whole meeting that took place on March 30th at the Faculty of Foreign Languages to the creation of an unusually new guise of this part of the American culture.

Vickie decided to join the Peace Corps because she was fond of exploring new cultures and getting acquainted with new people. But that was not the only reason. She wanted to open a new image of America to the world because a lot of people looked at her native country through the prism of stereotypes. Having succeeded in this mission in many countries, in 2016 Vicky came to Ukraine where she continues working on this task.

 

Vickie started our exploration of America with food. To show us that it is not as simple as it looks like Vicky showed us one of the Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmer series who while travelling along the Gulf Coast tried cooked nutrias, squirrels and raccoons (the cartoon lovers if you’ve read to this point, remember: you’ve been warned!). And it is the peculiarities only of the cuisine in the southern part of the USA! Each region can boast some dishes which seem “exotic”, but they are quite normal for the Americans. If you are lucky to be in America and not afraid of the gastronomical experiments you can even try the crocodile meat!

 

Giving a few minutes for us to recover from the shock, Vickie came to not such weird dishes which also did not leave us indifferent. She made for us an interesting discovery – Soul Food. The origins of soul food can be traced back to Africa. Foods such as okrarice, and sorghum (also known as "guinea corn”) were introduced to the Americans as a result of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. They became dietary staples among enslaved Africans and now comprise an important part of the cuisine of the American south in general. Among the most prominent examples of soul food are fried chicken, mustard and collard greens, sweet potatoes, fried green tomatoes, hushpuppies (balls of deep-fried cornmeal, usually with salt and diced onions) and cornbread.

 

 

And, of course, Vickie could not skip the desserts (that would be so cruel of her!). Showing us the photos of red velvet cakes, pecan pies, banana puddings, sweet potato pies, southern caramel cakes, Vicky forced a lot of people in the auditorium regret they had missed their breakfast and note all the names of the dishes to try to cook these masterpieces at home. But number one of the class chart “The dish I would definitely try to cook and eat” was banana bread! The one Vickie cooked herself looked so deliciously at the picture that everybody was eager to try it as soon as possible!Vickie Nailing has completely ruined our stereotyped vision of the simple American food. She has opened a new side of the USA which we were amazed to know. Being a person of extremely positive energy she created such a friendly atmosphere in the classroom, that during the meeting everyone was encouraged to communicate, share, discuss and continue discovering  new America! Vickie, we are looking forward  to the next meeting which, I am sure, will be accompanied with a cup of tea and a piece of banana bread!

 

P.S. If you can’t get out of head the idea of banana bread as I do, here is the link how to cook it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSQyJuMN0d4 Enjoy!

 

 

Yana Hrebeniuk, a third-year student, Faculty of Foreign Languages, KSPU

 

 

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THE NATIONAL ENGLISH ESSAY WRITING COMPETITION 2017

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The English-Speaking Union Ukraine has great pleasure in announcing the National Essay Writing Competition 2017.

The competition is open to all Ukrainian students  aged 16-22.

Each competitor should write in English  an original personal opinion essay on the theme:

“The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success”. While exploring the topic you should:

  • Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure.
  • Explore how it affected you.
  • Discover what you learnt from the experience.

The Deadline for submitting an essay is 15 June 2017.

 Essay requirements:

  • The essay  must be written in English.
  • Your writing should be based on the structure of a personal opinion essay.
  • The word counts are 500-600 words.
  • The essay must be typed with double spacing, 14 point Times New Roman.
  • Your last name should appear in the upper right corner of each page of your essay.
  • The essay must be inventive and original, clearly and concisely written.  We want to hear your individual voice, representing your own research and ideas.
  • If a quotation is used, be sure to identify the source of information.
  • Plagiarism will result in disqualification from this and any future English-Speaking Union Competitions.

To apply for competition the student must fill in a registration form (take the form on the Website:  http://www.esu-ua.org.ua).

The essay and a filled in form must be sent by email to the address: esu.ukraine@yahoo.com

The judges will assess the essays according to the following criteria:

  • Contents, reasoningandevidence
  • Development and analysis of  arguments
  • Language use
  • Coherence, logics
  • Structure

The results of the National Essay Writing Competition 2017will be announced in September 2017 on the websitehttp://www.esu-ua.org.ua.

The winners will be awarded.

Please, feel free to contact us in case of any questions.

Contact details of the ESU Ukraine:

 

  • Email:esu.ukraine@yahoo.com 
  • Tel.:+380509179515,+380672546400
  • Address: the ESU Ukraine, Room 706, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Kirovograd State Pedagogical University, 1 Shevchenko Street, Kropyvnytskyi, 25006, Ukraine.
  • Website:http://www.esu-ua.org.ua
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16-03-2017, 20:35

International student seminar in Bad Liebenzell

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Flying on a plane, meeting with a marvelous and mysterious soul of Germany, living in the real mountain castle founded in the 12th century, discussing  topical problems of the digital world, creating unique projects, improving public speaking skills – all these things that happened during the German-Polish-Ukrainian seminar “Learning from history” will always stay in the memories of six students from Kirovograd State Pedagogical University, who were lucky enough to have the possibility to take part in it.

The first day in Germany was full of expectations, the Ukrainian participants were impressed by an enormous Frankfurt airport, and it was difficult to realize how far it is from our homeland. On the train station in a small town Bad Liebenzell we were met by Gertrud Gardenberger– one of the main organizers of the project. When we finally reached the Burg Liebenzell castle, situated  on a high mountain , and met our friends from Germany and Poland, the day was almost over. We shared  our expectations considering the project, came to know the schedule of our work and got acquainted with seminar facilitators.

The next days were full of team work and discussions. We were discovering the problem of hate speech which is widely reflected in the social media and tried to figure out the possible solution to it. The meeting with Mahmud, a refugee from Palestine, who told us his own tragic life story, persuaded each of us that the decisions a person makes can depend on very different and difficult life situations and none has a right to judge or humiliate him for these determinations. One of the guest speakers was a student of Tubingen University who told us about the dangerous consequences caused by anti-European mindset and cleared up the meaning and functions of the European Union itself. After that we were about to divide into groups and choose our own way to interpret the problem of the hate speech.

A day in Stuttgart appeared to be a brilliant opportunity to visit the House of History (Haus der Geschichte) and to see the installations connected with the life of different refugees. All these people had one common thing – they were forced to leave their own countries just to stay alive. Their true stories together with their possessions (a necklace, a dress, shoes, an exercise book) helped the students to see real people, who lost everything because of war, and seeked for asylum in Germany. The second part of the excursion was dedicated to the German history beginning from the 18th century. The inspired students returned back to Bad Liebenzell and were ready to start working on their own projects.

While working in groups and analyzing cases of hate speech in the social media and the consequences it may lead to, the participants became well aware of the destructive power of hate speech. The teamwork on the projects being very interesting and challenging united the students. The outcome of this work were researches, poems, a cartoon and even a website.

During the five day seminar we learnt about the problems of rising hate all over digital world, discussed how the web is changing society’s struggle to protect individual and collective rights, developed our critical thinking skills, worked in groups and discovered how we must change our habits to counteract hate speech, did field research, interviewed in order to explore the issue of hate speech and participated in the “Open-Space” sessions. A lot of new things were explored, a great amount of work was done, and all the participants got an incredible experience and became more knowledgeable about the problems of discrimination and hatred in the digital world. What is more, we made friends and understood that we are strong when united.

We are extremely grateful to the organizers of the project for their hospitality, support and the fascinating atmosphere that prevailed during the seminar. These memories will warm our hearts long after!

 

Nataliia Mykhailova, Milana Yurakh, Roman Kosiuh, Bohdana Heva, Alina Borshchenko, Maksym Korolov, students of Foreign Languages Department KSPU

 

 

 

 

 

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