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  • Date: 14-03-2016, 15:22
14-03-2016, 15:22

International Seminar in Bad Liebenzell

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During March 2-6, 2016, five members of the ESU Ukraine, students from Kirovohrad Volodymyr Vynnychenko State Pedagogical University, successfully participated in the German-Polish-Ukrainian seminar“One million and counting: reality check for German "Willkommenskultur" in light of increased influx of refugees” which was held in a tiny town, full of cosiness and picturesque views, Bad Liebenzell of the land of Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. 

It is difficult to highlight some day out of five spent there to say it was marvellous and unforgettable, full of experience and knowledge as absolutely every single day brought us lots of unique information which we managed not only to cover during workshops discussing the German asylum policy, procedures and social reactions, but to feel it with a sight and touch. 

The first thing all of us will remember for a long time was visiting the refugee shelter where up to 250 Syrian, Iraqi and other  refugees live waiting for the most important letter in their life which says if the person has got a refugee status or not. Most of them are the victims of war and even don't want to remember frightening and hazardous life in homeland. These people came through prosecution, threats and fears. But how strong they are! They are open for meeting new people and studying something new. Most of them are ready to learn a new language, find new accommodation, and start a new and calm life. We should follow their example how to stay strong, patient and never give up.

Next we watched a presentation packed with interesting and sometimes frightening information. It was difficult for us to realize that only in 2015 around a half million people were seeking for asylum in Germany! The presentation also highlighted Germans’ attitude towards the refugees. While half of those who participated in poll said that refugees can be good for Germany around thirty percent of people had an opposite idea about them. People who support right-wing parties are likely to go on anti-refugee strikes or even to burn refugee shelters. So we came to the conclusion that one of the fundamental thing about refugee problem was misunderstanding between them and locals.

This day we also had a meeting with Idris Taha, a refugee from Afghanistan who told us his story which made us give the creeps. His family had to sell their accommodation to pay the kidnappers and save their child's life. They managed to leave the country but their paths split apart and Idris has never seen his family since that time. It is difficult for him to remember being a 16-year old child left alone in the whole world. He has been living in Germany for 6 years for now. He works for Red Cross and helps other refugees to turn over the black page of their life book and start a new one full of colours and happiness and he still has a hope to see his family.

During our second day of the seminar we had a great opportunity to be witnesses of a real  court proceeding in Stuttgart where the Judge Professor Jan Bergmann had a reconsideration of the case of a Roma family who was rejected in the refugee status. Later we had a private talk with the Judge who shared with us his ideas concerning the case; he also explained his actions and doubts during the hearing as well as his decision. He had to be impartial of course but even he finds it difficult to suppress emotion.

On the third day we tried to make our own plans on how to change the refugee system in Germany. We were full of ambitions and ready to share our ideas. We had three groups, in every group there were representatives of each country so it was interesting to work in such groups where people think differently. We had an opportunity to share own experience and ideas and implement them into project. One of the ideas that was presented and well developed in all three presentations was refugees’ integration into the society. Only by means of integration we can fight misunderstanding and thus fight social anxiety in Germany. All three projects were extensively elaborated and we were happy to do such a good job.

These seminar days flashed by, but still they last in our minds and hearts. Now we know how important it is to help each other and those in need. Only tolerance makes us real people! We have become more skillful in the sphere of refugee policy, worked out interesting ways of its improving and tried to make this world a better place to live in. We are very glad to have had such invaluable experience and have met many wonderful people.


Members of the ESU Ukraine, students of KSPU: Liubov Leonovets, Alina Ukradyzhenko, Oleksandr Tykholaz, Anastasiia Mishchenko, Julia Chobu.








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  • Date: 3-03-2016, 19:45
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National Public Speaking Competition 2016

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As an ESU winner/participant I would like to share some of my warm memories.

It was my pleasure to take part in this wonderful competition. I met a lot of talented and open-minded young people. Sometimes I even forgot that this was a competition, because of incredibly friendly and warm atmosphere. I made a lot of friends and memories.

All participants presented interesting and inspiring speeches. The topic “People give up their powers by thinking that they don’t have any” was a great push for everyone to think about all kinds of different issues and discuss them.

I think that everyone, who learns English and has an open mind should try and take part in this competition. Nothing can be compared to that satisfactory feeling after you perform your best and share your thoughts on the topic that you have chosen. I can say that this experience is a great push in life.

I would like to thank America House and Kirovohrad Volodymyr Vynnychenko State Pedagogical University for all help and support during this event.

So, if you are young and ambitious, if you want to try yourself in public speaking you should really consider this competition as a great possibility to expand your knowledge and experience. Test and challenge yourself!


Ann Tsymbalist


2 year student of the Faculty of Foreign Languages





27th February the National Public Speaking Competition 2016 took place in the America House in Kyiv, Ukraine. The participants were the representatives of different oblasts of Ukraine: Kirovohrad, Kyiv, Cherkasy, Lviv, Zhytomyr, Khmelnytskyi, Vinnytsia, Rivne, Chernihiv.

The National Public Speaking Competition is the program which helps young people to acquire skills of public speaking, focus on learning English and meet new people at the same time. The winner of the National Public Speaking Competition goes to London to represent Ukraine in the International Public Speaking Competition. 

The National Public Speaking Competition includes two stages: semi-final (delivering prepared speeches) and final (delivering impromptu speeches). All the semi-finalists express their ideas and interpretations on the topic given. This year the topic was “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any”. All the shared ideas were exclusive and up-to-date. The finalists share their points of view on the randomly chosen topics. All the opinions were innovative.

The winners were chosen by the qualified Judges. They were Seneca Ryan (Senior English Language Fellow, US Embassy), Charles Bonds (Fulbright Scholar from Indiana University, Bloomington), Victor Markovich (Defence and Threat Reduction Office, US Embassy), Nadiya Ivanenko (Associate Professor, Germanic Languages Department Kirovograd State Pedagogical University), Larysa Yarova (Associate Professor, Translation and General Linguistics Department Kirovograd State Pedagogical University).

The Question Team’s task was to ask question on obscure or vague points in the speeches. The audience also listened carefully and inquired the speakers on the topic or on their attitude on some additional information.

The atmosphere was rather relaxed despite the tensity which the participants experienced. All the present people were active listeners and paid attention to all the speakers equally so it gave the feeling of confidence and responsibility for the uttered ideas. The speeches of all the participants inspired to deliver your own thoughts, to reveal some personal opinion and respond to some of the mentioned views. Moreover, it was impressive to meet so many new and exceptional people with such exclusive thoughts.

However, only one person was to be chosen to represent Ukraine at the International Public Speaking Competition in London, UK. The judging committee resolved Anna Tsymbalist to deserve to represent Ukraine. The runner up is Kateryna Ilchenko, and the audience choice is Iryna Manzholenko.


Yaroslava Lukina

3 year student of the Faculty of Foreign Languages







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We invite students to join us for the 2016 ESU Ukraine Shakespeare Competition!

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The English Speaking Union Ukraine


Shakespeare Competition 2016 will take place on:



Thursday, 21 April 2016,

10. a.m.

Assembly Hall


Old Building of

Kirovograd State Pedagogical University,

1 Shevchenko Street, Kirovograd, Ukraine.

All the participants are to be at the assembly hall



at 9.30 a.m. for the orientation meeting.




The year of 2016 is four hundredth anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. It is a wonderful opportunity to commemorate one of the greatest writers of the world, who by the words of Ben Jonson “was not of an age, but for all time!”

The Conveners of the English-Speaking Union Ukraine have great pleasure in announcing Shakespeare Competition 2016.


The Competition is open for 10-11 form school pupils and 1-4 year university students.

To apply for the competition a student should: send a filled in application form by email to the address: by 25, March 2016


Please, take the application form on the site


For participants from Kirovograd regionthe 2016 ESU Ukraine Shakespeare Competition will take place on 21 April 2016 at the Faculty of Foreign Languages, Kirovograd State Pedagogical University, Assembly Hall, 1, Shevchenko Street, Kirovograd, Ukraine.

Participants from other regions of Ukraine should make a video of performing one of Shakespeare’s sonnets, save it onYou tube, give the link to it in the registration form, send a video and registration form to by 25, March 2016



Each student must select, memorize and perform one sonnet from Shakespeare's 154 sonnet cycle.

  • The sonnet must be complete (no cutting of lines in the sonnet is allowed).
  •  It is not allowed to use props of any kind, including chairs, jewelry, items of clothing, etc.
  •  Music is not allowed to use
  • Video presentations should be shot indoors, in one place, at one time in sequence, full length shot, formal style.


In the English-Speaking UnionUkraine Shakespeare Competition students:

  • Get engaged in an interactive, performance-based study of the English literature.
  • Participate in the close reading of Shakespeare's text through intellectual, physical and vocal engagement.
  • Develop critical thinking and close reading skills.
  • Increase their self-confidence with public-speaking.
  • Discover and explore the beauty of complexity of Shakespeare's poetic language and classic themes.
  • Bring the timeless works of Shakespeare to life and learn to express his words with understanding, feeling and clarity.

To learn more about the Competition and the English-Speaking UnionUkraine, visit  

Contact us by email/mobile phone:


0509179515 Margaryta Danilko


066 3317911 Nadiya Ivanenko


0672546400 Larysa Yarova