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16-09-2018, 13:42

International Teacher Award

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International Teacher Award 

Oracy in Education 


Notes for applicants and nominating ESUs 


The English-Speaking Union is an international membership organisation and educational charity dedicated 

to helping people realise their potential through giving them the skills and confidence in communication 

to articulate their ideas and share them with others. The ESU has a network of over 50 International ESUs, 

which help to deliver our educational programmes and organise events across the globe, encouraging 

international understanding and cultural exchange through the use of the English language. The ESU works 

principally with young people, providing opportunities for them to develop their communication and 

critical thinking skills and, thus, encouraging them to realise their full potential. Across our programmes, 

there is a focus on oracy – the development of speaking and listening skills – ranging from formal public 

speaking and debate training in schools, or awards  which recognise innovation in ELT resources, to 

professional development opportunities for people to share new ideas and articulate them with others.  


The International Teacher Award recognises educational excellence and outreach in the field of Oracy 

across the diverse ESU global network, and seeks to help recipients further the impact and awareness of 

their work in the field. Through this award, we aim to recognise, encourage and develop the work of 

international teachers who are generating social impact through the advancement of English oracy skills 

in their students.  



International ESUs may nominate any number of working teachers who teach children that are in 

compulsory schooling, or are between the ages of five and eighteen. The Award is open to teachers in 

every kind of school and, subject to local laws, in every country that has an officially registered ESU. The 

individual candidates will be required to complete an application form and personal statement, and submit 

these along with a professional reference and a letter of endorsement from their local ESU. 

Application-form.doc [120.38 Kb] (Count: 1)


 Judging Criteria:  

The judging panel will look for evidence of: 

-  An understanding of the importance of oracy skills and applying this to their practice. 

-  Employing effective, innovative practices, which are inspiring to students. 

-  In the case of ‘English as an additional language learners’, seeking to ensure that the development 

of oracy skills is given at least equal importance to literacy skills in the learning of the language. 

-  Seeking to empower students from less advantaged backgrounds through their development as 

confident users of spoken English. 

-  Seeking to develop the confidence of students to use spoken English as a way to explore and share 

their developing views and opinions. 

-  Seeking to use the development of English oracy skills to develop students’ awareness and 

willingness to take positive action with regard to global and local social issues.  

Guidelines for the personal statement 

The personal statement (1000-1500 words) is the most important part of the application. In their 

statement, candidates should include details of their reasons for applying, their professional history in the 

field (including examples) and how they would hope to develop their practice if successful. The personal 

statement should seek to cover each of the judging  criteria listed above. Candidates should also 

describe the anticipated impact of the award on the wider community in which they work. Relevant 

pictures and/or video footage may be included to support the application.  

The Award 

The panel will award up to £2000 to the winners, which may be given to a single candidate, or split across 

multiple applications. In addition, the nominating ESU(s) will receive a grant of up to £500, to be put 

towards their own ESU activities, on the proviso that they continue to support the work of the winning 


Upon receipt of the award, and to ensure that the influence of the award can be as far reaching as possible, 

recipients are expected to: 

  • Submit a full and detailed report.
  • Give talks and presentations to conferences, ESUs and other relevant teacher groups and organisations.  
  • Create or contribute to relevant blogs or other social media outlets which can encourage the wider profession to engage with the topics in question.  


Within 12 months of receiving the award, recipients are required to submit a report detailing how the 

money has been spent, what the candidate has learnt from the experience and how their own practice has 

developed as a consequence. Reports should include: 

  • An introduction 
  • Any relevant background information 
  • Details of how the money was spent 
  • Learnings from the experience 
  • Relevant conclusions 



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  • Date: 12-09-2018, 17:11
12-09-2018, 17:11

Congratulations to the winners of the English-Speaking Union Ukraine Essay Writing Competition 2018!

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to the winners of

the English-Speaking Union Ukraine

Essay Writing Competition 2018!



I place – Victoria Kadevska

(Ukrainian Catholic University

II place – Yulia Chabak

(Central Ukrainian State Pedagogical University)

III place – Anastasiia Chebotarova

(The National University of Ostroh Academy)

III place – Victoria Popova

(Central Ukrainian State Pedagogical University)


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


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  • Date: 25-05-2018, 20:06
25-05-2018, 20:06


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Representing Ukraine at the International Public Speaking Competition (IPSC) in London has been such an incredible adventure: the most unforgettable week of improving public speaking skills, exploring the capital of the United Kingdom, exchanging worldviews and most importantly, building friendships that, I feel, will last a lifetime.
     The IPSC programme ran from 14th to 19th of May 2018 and every moment of it deserves to be remembered forever. It was a terrific week full of happiness, uplifting spirit, and open-mindedness delivered by participants from over 50 countries. Despite it seemingly being a competition, I believe we have surpassed its boundaries by constructing a multicultural community which promotes the use of English as a language to communicate ideas and address issues of mass importance.

    Firstly, at the beginning of the week we had an amazing opportunity to learn effective speech techniques from the best oracy coaches.The workshops for prepared and impromptu speech were really interactive, engaging and have boosted our confidence a lot. What is more, we had a chance to attend a workshop by Mary McNutty at the Shakespeare’s Globe theatre. Mary McNutty is an Associate Lecturer at Kent University, teaching Shakespeare and courses in Dramaturgy.

   Secondly, I loved listening to the impressive speeches of the participants. Fifty one young people came together to speak, and every single person had their own vision of the 2018 topic  – ‘Great artists have no country’. Listening to them, I got goosebumps and chills, teared up, smiled and felt empathy. Everyone showed so much talent and passion about their beliefs. Personally I spoke about the universal language of art in the prepared heat and about the adversity as the best education in the impromptu heat.

    Thirdly, it became very clear that the competitive part of this event was merely a facade for something much greater. I met an unimaginable amount of people who made it possible to experience something profound, ultimately crossing all the borders and broadening horizons. Now I am extremely lucky to have a dear friend in pretty much every spot of the world. I will never forget the moments we shared together: seeing the Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge, London Eye; discussing the most amusing facts about our countries and sharing personal stories.

     I thank the English-Speaking Union from the bottom of my heart for this fantastic opportunity to participate in the International Public Speaking Competition. It has been the biggest inspiration I could ever imagine.


Anastasiia Rohova

Representative of Ukraine at the IPSC 2018

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  • Date: 1-05-2018, 21:14
1-05-2018, 21:14

W. Shakespeare can be modern and stylish

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“Our doubts are traitors, 
and make us lose the good we oft might win, 
by fearing to attempt.”

William Shakespeare

On 26th of April 2018 National Shakespeare Competition supported by deputy Oleksandr Horbunov was held in Volodymyr Vynnychenko Central Ukrainian State Pedagogical University. The competition started with a minute of silence in memory of Margarita Danilko, Chairman of the ESU Ukraine, President of the International Council, who suddenly passed away.

Traditionally the participants amazed the audience with impressive performances, love to great words of Shakespeare and intense desireto get victory. 27 semi-finalists recited euphonious lines from William Shakespeare`s sonnets and the jury chose 9 reciters for the great final.

The final of the competition was emotional and interesting. Every participant tried his best to succeed. The jury announced the winners of National Shakespeare Competition 2018 and all the competitors were awarded with certificatesof participation and presents. The 3rd place was given simultaneously to 2 participants: Vadym Bilodid (Haivoron Polytechnic College, third-year student) and Anna Ohlobiak (Gymnasium of New Teaching Technologies, Kropyvnytskyi, 10th Form). The runner-up was Daria Puchnina (Central Ukrainian State Pedagogical University, first-year student). As the winner of the competition Olena Dzhus was chosen (Central Ukrainian State Pedagogical University, 2nd Year student).

         For Olena Dzhus this victory is not a happy occasion, it is a result of many years training and self-development, because it is her third attempt to win the mountain top, which name is National Shakespeare Competition. The winner considers this competition as a perfect possibility to overcome fear, express your emotions, show your own vision of classical sonnet and just get pleasure of socializing with talented youth.

Every year National Shakespeare Competition attracts talented reciters who demonstrate that the sonnets of great English classic can be modern, stylish and interesting.

                                                                                     Viktoriia Budun

                             Fourth-year student,


Faculty of Foreign Languages, CUSPU


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  • Date: 26-04-2018, 20:32
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Congratulations to the winners of the English-Speaking Union Ukraine Shakespeare Competition 2018!

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to the winners of

the English-Speaking Union Ukraine

Shakespeare Competition 2018!



I place – Olena Dzhus

(Central Ukrainian State Pedagogical University,

2 Year)


II place – Daria Puchnina  

(Central Ukrainian State Pedagogical University,

1 Year)


III place – Vadym Bilodid

(Haivoron Polytechnic College, 3 Year)

III place – Anna Ohlobiak

(Gymnasium of New Teaching Technologies, Kropyvnytskyi, 10 Form)


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


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  • Date: 23-04-2018, 11:16
23-04-2018, 11:16

The date of National Shakespeare Competition 2018 is changed!

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National Shakespeare Competition 2018 will take place on


April 26.


Sorry for the inconvenience!

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  • Date: 14-04-2018, 21:50
14-04-2018, 21:50

Всеукраїнський конкурс читців сонетів Уільяма Шекспіра 2018

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26 квітня 2018 року відбудеться Всеукраїнський конкурс читців сонетів Уільяма Шекспіра, який проводить громадська організація Спілка англійської мови в Україні серед учнів та студентів середніх та вищих закладів освіти.

Конкурс розпочнеться о 10.00 у науковому залі бібліотеки  ЦДПУ імені Володимира Винниченка. Конкурс проходитиме за підтримки народного депутата України Горбунова О.В.

Запрошуємо всіх бажаючих насолодитися красою поетичної мови У.Шекспіра.

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10-04-2018, 09:37

The ESU Ukraine is delighted to announce the semi-finalists of the National Shakespeare Competition 2018!

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The semi-finalists are listed in random order:


The semi-finalists are invited to the semi-final of the competition which starts

at 10.00 a.m.on 24April 2018 in the TsSPU library building

(1 Shevchenko Street, 2 Floor). Registration is at 10.00 a.m.

All the participants are reciting a sonnet different from that one presented at Round 1.

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  • Date: 22-02-2018, 17:32
22-02-2018, 17:32

We invite pupils and students to join us for the 2018 ESU Ukraine Shakespeare Competition!

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The 2018 English-Speaking Union Ukraine Shakespeare Competition will take place on 1-24 April 2018 at  Central Ukrainian State Pedagogical University.

The Competition is open for 10-11 form school pupils and 1-6 year of studying university students.


Round 1:

  1. Make a video presentation of one sonnet and save it on Youtube. Take the sonnet only on the site.
  2. Download an application formfrom the ESU web-site ( Heading “Our Projects”, Shakespeare Competition). Fill in the form, indicating the reference to the video presentation on Youtube.
  3. Send the application form with a link on the presentation in Youtube by email to Write your surname as the name of the document.


The Deadline for application forms and video presentations is 1 April, 2018.

The results of Round 1 will be announced on 10, April 2018 on the ESU site semi-finalists will be invited to take part in the final of the competition.


Round 2:

  1. Semi-finalists learn and recite a different sonnet by W. Shakespeare in the final stage of the competition. It will be held on 24April 2018.


  • Each participant must select, memorize and perform one sonnet from Shakespeare's 154 sonnet cycle for Round 1, and a different one for Round 2;
  • The sonnet must be complete (no cutting of lines in the sonnet is allowed);
  • Presentation should be shot indoors, in one place, at one time in sequence;
  • Full length shot, formal style;
  • Students can notwear costumes or use props of any kind (including chairs, jewelry, items of clothing, etc.);
  • Music accompaniment is not allowed.

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

Through the Shakespeare Competition students develop communication skills and an appreciation of the power of the English language and literature.

In the English-Speaking Union Ukraine 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 Union Ukraine, visit  Contact us by email/by mobile phone:

0509179515 Margaryta Danilko

066 3317911 Nadiya Ivanenko

0672546400 Larysa Yarova  



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1-02-2018, 10:02

Break your borders!

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Communication is the backbone of our society. It allows us to form connections, influence decisions, and motivate change. Without communication skills, the ability to progress in the working world and in life would be nearly impossible. Public speaking is one of the most important forms of communication. It can help anyone build a great career and succeed.

On January 27th America House in Kyiv warmly welcomed the semi-finalists of the National Public Speaking Competition organized by the English-Speaking Union Ukraine. It was an incredible opportunity to make our voices heard, exchange ideas, meet interesting people and expand our horizons.     The event consisted of two stages. First, 19 amazing young people from all over the country delivered their prepared speeches on the topic “Art has no borders” and answered the questions from the audience, judges and the Question team afterwards. Everyone interpreted the theme in a unique, extraordinary way. To be honest, I find it fascinating how every individual has a different understanding and perception of the world. The second stage was the final: 8 participants were selected to present impromptu speeches. We had only 10 minutes for preparation and 3 minutes to share what we have to say. All the finalists did a fantastic job and successfully coped with this task. Some performances truly took my breath away.

After an intense discussion the judges finally announced Karyna Kovalchuk as the audience choice winner, Ihor Kryvyi as the runner-up and me as the winner of NPSC 2018! I was so surprised and couldn’t even believe that my dream is coming true and I will represent Ukraine in London this May.

Despite the intense spirit of NPSC, it was a pleasurable and enriching experience. During the breaks public speakers got to know each other better while having a cup of coffee together. It was so enjoyable to meet like-minded people. The judges were also very friendly and happily gave personal feedback to the participants after the competition.

The National Public Speaking Competition is a great chance to build self-confidence, discover the art of persuasion, get inspired and overcome your own barriers. About 90% of the world’s population  are afraid of delivering speeches in front of large audiences, so nerves on the stage are completely normal. It’s hard to avoid them no matter how much you have prepared, but the most amazing thing about taking part in the NPSC is learning how to express your thoughts in spite of your fears.

I want to thank sincerely all the English-Speaking Union members for organizing this life-changing contest, the winners of the previous years for being a fantastic Question team, the judges for making their time to come and evaluate us and, of course, the participants for sharing their opinions - I have enhanced my knowledge in many fields while listening to their speeches.

This competition proves that public speaking gives a glance into the borderless future created by us - young people that believe in their dreams. I highly recommend everyone to try next year and here is advice from me: be exactly who you are, have courage to speak up for your values, believe in yourself and break your borders!


Anastasiia Rohova, the winner of NPSC 2017-2018,a first-year student, Faculty of International Economics and Management, KNEU

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