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NATIONAL PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION

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The Conveners of the English-Speaking Union Ukraine and America House in Ukraine have great pleasure in announcing the beginning of the National Public Speaking Competition 2017-2018.

The competition will run from 1 October, 2017 until 27 January, 2018.

The competition is open to students aged between 16 and 20 in full-time education at the time of the competition. Competitors must be passport holders of Ukraine and must have a valid foreign passport or travel document. 

The winner of the National Public Speaking Competition will represent Ukraine in the International Public Speaking Competition that will be held in May 2018 in London.

To apply for the competition a student should:

<!-1) send a filled in application form (in English and Ukrainian) by email to the address: esu.ukraine@yahoo.com

Please, take the application form on the site http://www.esu-ua.org.ua

(Heading “Our Projects”, National Public Speaking Competition)

<!2) make a video presentation (in English) on the topic  “The best way to predict the future is to invent it”,save it onYoutube, and in the application form indicate the reference to it, send the application form by email to: esu.ukraine@yahoo.com

Requirements for the video presentation:

  • Full length shot, formal style
  • Presentation should be shot indoors, in one place, at one time in sequence
  • Presentation should last for 3 minutes
  • It is not allowed to use animation, pictures, accompanying music, any arranging and editing
  • Speakers may interpret the theme in any way they see it, but they should not use the theme as the title of the speech

The presentations, which do not meet the above mentioned requirements will not be taken into consideration.

The Deadline for application forms and video presentations is 30 November, 2017.

The results will be announced on 20, December 2017 on the site http://www.esu-ua.org.uaand the semi-finalists will be invited to take part in the Final stage of the Competition, that will be held on 27 January, 2018 at America House, Kyiv.

Final Stage

1.Presentation of the prepared speech

The theme is Art has no borders”.

Requirements for the prepared speech:

  • Speakers may interpret the theme in any way they see it, but they should not use the theme as the title of the speech.
  • In choosing their title, speakers should not be afraid to be provocative, hard-hitting or humorous.
  • Speakers must avoid speeches that are likely to be perceived as diplomatic or highly political.
  • Each speaker will be allocated 5 minutes. Judges may penalize speakers who overrun. Marks will be deducted for speeches which vary more than 45 seconds either side of 5 minutes.
  • Each speech will be followed by the questions from members of the audience and the judging panel.

2. Presentation of impromptu speech

Requirements for the impromptu speech:

  • Participants will receive their topics 10 minutes in advance of giving their speech.
  • Speakers may interpret the theme in any way they see it, but they should not use the theme as the title of the speech.
  • Speakers should not be afraid to be provocative, hard-hitting or humorous.
  • Speakers must avoid speeches that are likely to be perceived as diplomatic or highly political.
  • Each speaker will be allocated 3 minutes.

 

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

Contact details of the ESU Ukraine:

esu.ukraine@yahoo.com

+380509179515, +380672546400, +380663317911

 

 

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5-09-2017, 19:20

Essay Writing Competition 2017 Winners

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We are thankful to all the students who participated in the Essay Writing Competition 2017 and

are pleased to announce this year  winners:

 

I place                  Yana Hrebeniuk              Central Ukrainian State Pedagogical University

II place                 Vsevolod Igonin              Central Ukrainian State Pedagogical University

III place               Kateryna Duzhenkova  Svitlovodsk Secondary School №7

The winners will be invited to the Award Ceremony by phone/email.

 

 

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12-06-2017, 23:01

Kirovohrad State Pedagogical University welcomes foreign students!

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An informal meeting with foreign students from Donetsk Medical University was held on the 26th of May, 2017. Our Faculty of Foreign Languages had an opportunity to get acquainted with Rahim (Dubai, the UAE), Mahmud (Paris, France) and Menatella (Cairo, Egypt) who had come to Kropyvnytskyi in order to study at the Dentist Faculty, that made them at first groupmates and then friends.

The young people talked about themselves, their past and their plans about future. As for Mahmud, who is an active and talkative person, he is an Algebra and Analysis teacher. His explanation to become a dentist was cleared up because he cannot imagine his life without studying and he wants to be the boss of his own. Also, Mahmud is a polyglot, who knows all the Arabic languages, French, Russian, and Spanish. Despite Mahmud intends to stay in Kropyvnytskyi for all his life, Menatella – the only girl from their group – wants to come back home to work as a dentist. Rahim gladly told us about his family and traditions, for example, the wedding ones, that exist in his country.

Our guests shared their experience of living in Kropyvnytskyi. Despite they had visited a lot of Ukrainian cities, they preferred to stay in our Small Paris because of its beauty, convenience and, of course, peace. But under these themes, the difficult issues about the education for foreigners in our city were discussed. We talked about problems with the dwelling and how the Ukrainians trust aliens, which is the disputed question. Also we talked over about the teaching in Donetsk Medical University. The students complained the teachers did not know English and showed everything with slides and gestures. All these issues complicate the studying of foreigners and authorities have not solved these points yet.

But we hope all foreigners will feel in Kropyvnytskyi as at their home, enjoying studying, student life and gathering memories about Ukraine that they could share with their families and friends with a smile on their faces!

 

Dariia Ivashchenko,

a third-year student, Faculty of Foreign Languages,

KSPU

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Guest speaker from the ESU USA

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“The proper function of man is to live, not to exist” 

Jack London

 

 

              In Ukraine people think that after getting the age of 60 your life becomes dull, you are limited of opportunities and time. But in the USA people think differently: you have a lot of time to discover new countries and cultures, you enrich your experience by meeting new people, mastering new languages and discovering new landscapes.

              Donald Best, a Steering Committee Member of the ESU USA, visited the students of KSPU on 25 May, 2017 to share his life experience. He is a real evidence that life can be interesting and colourful at any period of your life. Mr. Best has an impressive number of visited countries: 40! That is why he is able to compare life conditions of many countries and all the measures are based on his own experience.

              The students of the Faculty of Foreign Languages asked him a lot of interesting questions, the conversation was active and productive. Donald Best said that if he had an opportunity to choose his nationality he would prefer to be an Englishman. He explained his choice because of the safety and beauty of Great Britain. Donald is also fond of art: he cannot imagine his life without theatres, museums, art galleries.

              He gave some advice to the young generation:

              First of all, print photos, it will be much easier to use and recall some remembrances when you are in your “great age”;

              The second recommendation is making notes: try to write down what you are feeling at the very moment.

              40 countries is not a limited number for Donald Best, he has a dream to visit Egypt, China and other countries, which attract his attention by their wonders and peculiarities.

              All the students had a great opportunity to communicate with with the person who can speak up at various topics, explaining everything you are eager to know.

 

Viktoriia Budun

 

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

 

 

 

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Tomocentre

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YOU CAN SURVIVE CANCER!

 

“Oncology is a long-lasting problem of the humanity. The Neanderthals were the first ones to suffer from different forms of cancer and the earliest attempts to describe this disease were made in Ancient Egypt 1600 BC”- explains Serhii Odarchenko, the PhD in Medical Science and the Chief Doctor of the Ukrainian Center of TomoTherapy, at the official website of the Center. As cancer continues to become the concern point of a growing number of Ukrainians,Serhii Odarchenko gladly agreed to conduct the meeting withthe students of KSPU that took place on 24May, 2017 at the Faculty of Foreign Languages, to tell more about the Center working procedure and share the recommendations that can help never to experience the misfortune of being a cancer patient.

The Ukrainian Center of TomoTherapy, that was founded in 2015,is a unique medical institution in Ukraine where TomoTherapy, the most accurate method of treating cancer, is used. In the Center you can find all the necessary modern equipment for reliable diagnostics of oncological diseases. The greatest specialists from all over Ukraine gathered here to treat as many people as possible by diagnosing tumors of the smallest sizes, irregular shapes and locations.

According to the fact that the Center is situated in Kropyvnytskyi, not all patients have the opportunity to visit it because of different reasons, as, for example, the health conditions, the Ukrainian Center of Tomotherapy has opened the consultation rooms to provide the informational support throughout Ukraine.

Serhii Odarchenko explained that among the most frequent reasons of cancer there are particular viruses, radiation, chemicals, heredity, hormones and diet. The risk factors that are likely to increase the number of cancer cells in our body are obesity, uncontrollable consumption of alcohol and tobacco, sun exposure, infections and pollution. That is why to stay outside this risk circle, we are better to follow some recommendations that will not only protect us from cancer, but also will help to join the squad of “healthy life-stylers”.

  1. Be lean. Obesity is one of the most frequently met cancer’s triggers. That is why taking control of your weight is a crucial point of this issue.
  2. Be physically active. Even the simplest morning exercises will help you always to stay energetic and healthy.
  3. Avoid sugary drinks. Sugar is known as the white death, that is why you should try all your best to reduce its consumption.
  4. Eat various vegetables and fruits. They are the greatest source of vitamins our body desperately needs.
  5. Limit consumption of red meat. It can become the reason of stomach cancer.
  6. Avoid alcohol. 2 glasses of wine for men and 1 for women will not make harm but the excess of this dosage is not useful.
  7. Avoid salty food. Salt clogs the ducts and fluid cannot leave the body. As the result, edemas develop.
  8. Try not to use supplements. The majority “advantages” of their usage are mythical.

As you can see a great number of these tips concern your eating habits, so try to analyze your diet properly and if you find that some of your food excesses do not look like it is desirable - change them! Remember: your health is in your hands.

But if you unfortunately happen to become a cancer patient, such institutions as the Ukrainian Center of Tomotherapy will not leave you to fight with this disease alone because as the motto of the Center tells: “Cancer is only a stage of life. We CAN overcome it together”.

 

Interesting fact:

The origin of the word cancer is credited to Hippocrates, who is considered the “Father of Medicine.” Hippocrates used the terms carcinos and carcinoma to describe tumors. In Greek, these words refer to a crab, most likely applied to the disease because the finger-like spreading projections from a cancer called to mind the shape of a crab.

 

Yana Hrebeniuk,

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

 

 

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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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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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