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  • Date: 22-04-2017, 22:32
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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  • Date: 22-04-2017, 22:20
22-04-2017, 22:20

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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  • Date: 22-04-2017, 22:13
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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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  • Date: 10-04-2017, 17:31
10-04-2017, 17:31

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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2-04-2017, 20:05

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