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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:

The essay and a filled in form must be sent by email to the address:

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 website

The winners will be awarded.

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

Contact details of the ESU Ukraine:


  • Tel.:+380509179515,+380672546400
  • Address: the ESU Ukraine, Room 706, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Kirovograd State Pedagogical University, 1 Shevchenko Street, Kropyvnytskyi, 25006, Ukraine.
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  • Date: 16-03-2017, 20:35
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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67…I would have paid a million dollars to the person who had shot an astonished expression on my face when Gail Flister Vallieres, the Community Development Specialist of the US Peace Corps, revealed me her age. This woman with shining eyes and youthfully positive outlook on life seems to have an endless margin of energy which she generously shared with the students of KSPU at the meeting that took place on 2 March, 2017 at the Faculty of Foreign Languages.

After the retirement from the post of an accountant in 2011, a new chapter of Gail’s life began: she joined the Peace Corps - a service opportunity for motivated changemakers that helps them to delve into a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of present generation. Gail emphasized that the main mission of the Peace Corps is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Now the US Peace Corps has volunteers in more than 60 countries and Ukraine is lucky to be in this list.

The first Gail’s encounter with our country happened in 2013. Before arriving to Kropyvnytskyi, she spent 3 months of intensive training in Chernigiv. Besides the strenuous learning of Ukrainian and Russian, she had a chance to discover our culture, traditions and customs, the majority of which Gail drew from the host family, whose members she described as “people with hearts of gold”. (Lady Halyna, Gail’s story about your holybtsi made all the present to salivate!)

Because of an unstable political situation in Ukraine, Gail spent 2015 in Moldova which was “a completely different experience” for her. Here she:

  • worked in the construction college, where the volunteer helped in teaching business, as English is considered to be an essential element for succeeding in the business sphere;
  • participated in arranging a social project devoted to environmental problems, in which the girls took photos in their prom dresses on the background of rubbish to raise the awareness on environmental issues;
  • taught elderly people to work with the computer;
  • learned to make wine (!);
  • conducted a 4-day kayak trip on the Dnister (how many of you can boast the same things?).

In 2016 Kropyvnytskyi welcomingly met Gail for the second time. Now she is working with the NGO Flora, the purpose of which is to protect rights and encourage civic participation among teenagers. Besides Gail’s volunteering work at the schools, she can be found in the English club that is situated at the Chyzhevskyi library and holds the meetings from Monday till Thursday at 17:00. She tries to make every class unforgettable, choosing topics for discussion which are both interesting and challenging, and is happy to see all the willing to improve their English there!

Such people as Gail are the greatest inspiration for young generation! The slightest glance at this magnificent woman reminded me what possibilities there are in my hands and that it is only me who controls my fate. When Gail was asked what actress she would like to see playing the leading role in her biopic, the woman answered she would be proud to view Meryl Streep in this guise. But, Gail, believe me: it is Meryl Streep who should be proud of playing you, because your story is definitely worth knowing!


                                    Yana Hrebeniuk,


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