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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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