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  • Date: 30-01-2018, 22:28
30-01-2018, 22:28

National Public Speaking Competition 2018

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The Semi-Final and the Final of the NPSC was held on Saturday, 27 January, 2018 at America House, Kyiv. The competition is organized annually by the English-Speaking Union Ukraine. Ukrainian students aged between 16 and 20 in full-time education took part in the competition.

Talented orators from different cities of Ukraine came to Kyiv to demonstrate their high standard of the English public speaking skills. They competed for the main prize - to represent Ukraine in the International Public Speaking Competition that will run in London in May 2018.

19 semi-finalists represented Ivan Franko Lviv National University, Kyiv National University “Kyiv Mohyla Academy”, National Technical University of Ukraine ”Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”, Kyiv National Economic University, Ternopil National Pedagogical University, Ternopil classical gymnasium, Dnipro secondary school  10, Kropyvnytskyi Pedagogical lyceum and secondary school  6 and Central Ukrainian State Pedagogical University.

The general theme of the Semi-Final was “Art has no borders”. In 5 minutes the speakers interpreted the theme in any way they saw it, but they were not allowed to use it as the title of the speech. Every presentation was inspiring, emotional and persuasive and the understanding of the topic was unique and creative. Each speech was followed by the questions from the members of the “Question team, audience and the judging panel.

The speeches were assessed by honourable adjudicators, who were Dr Lucia Dumont Renard, the former ESU International Council President and current Vice-President of ESU France, Michael Hudson, a teacher trainer and Senior Academic Consultant at Dinternal Education, a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Elizabeth Fawcett, Marina Malygina, Area Manager at Pearson Education, and Anastasiya Vynnychenko, a Project Manager at the International Organization for Migration.

Eight best speakers proceeded to the Final where they delivered impromptu speeches. They chose their topics 10 minutes in advance of giving their speech and were allocated 2-3 minutes to deliver it. Due to the fantastic technical support of America House, everyone could see on the screen how the contestants were preparing for their impromptu speeches in another room. After all the presentations the judges named the winner Anastasiia Rohova from Kyiv National Economic University, the runner up was Ihor Kryvyi  from Ternopil National Pedagogical University and the audience choice winner became Karyna Kovalchuk, a student from Central Ukrainian State Pedagogical University.

The competition was held on a very high level and it was full of unforgettable experience and great memories for everyone involved. The organization of the competition was excellent, that proves the high professionalism of the ESU Ukraine organizers and America House staff. Every participant received a Certificate of Honour in recognition for their outstanding performances. Dr Margaryta Danilko, the Chairman of the ESU Ukraine, awarded the winners with the prizes and Dr Lucia Dumont, the Vice-President of the ESU France, presented them with some French souvenirs.

NPSC gives young people practical experience in the fundamental skills of public speaking and it provides them with a platform to express their views about the world and their dreams for the future. Obviously, not everyone who enters the competition wins. However, it is time spent learning, growing and making friends! The competition journey is a process, any success or failure is just another stepping stone to the next point along the way.



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