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Trainings for NPSC

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The English-Speaking Union Ukraine

is pleased to invite all the semi-finalists of the

National Public Speaking Competition 2019






Thursday, 10 January 2019

Room 611 at 10.30


Friday, 11 January 2019

Room 611 at 10.00


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    As a part of the international ESU network, the English-Speaking Union Ukraine focuses on promoting the increase of international understanding, global awareness and friendship through the use of the English language.


    One of the events of December 2018 was a series of meetings with high-school students. Kropyvnytskyi Scientific Lyceum welcomed the winners and semi-finalists of Public Speaking Competition 2018 (Karina Kovalchuk), Ukrainian-Polish-German Educational SeminarLearning From History: Discrimination 2018” (Olena Zabedilina, Kateryna Berezhnytska, Anastasiia Petrova) and Shakespeare Competition 2018 (Olena Dzhus).



    The meeting was aimed at sharing the experience of participation in the abovementioned events as well as exchanging views on the importance of public speaking skills and the forms of discrimination we experience in contemporary society. Through sharing their personal impressions students demonstrated their high concern of common social issues and their eagerness to make the input in building cultural and educational links within their country and worldwide.



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The semi-finalists of the National Public Speaking Competition 2019

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We are delighted to announce the semi-finalists of the National Public Speaking Competition 2019, who will take part in the Final Stage of the Competition!

List of Semi-Finalists 2019

(random order)


1.    Iryna Dubova 

2.    Oleksii Chaikovskyi

3.    Kateryna Horban 

4.    Margarita Kniazeva

5.    Daria Puchnina   

6.    Kamila Kuliyeva Jadihar kyzy

7.    Anna Shestopal 

8.    Olexandra Salnikova  

9.    Boris Lyshchuk  

10. Kateryna Poltavets 

11. Anna Potapchuk  

12. Nadia Veselovska  

13. Marta  Volovodivska

14. Tetiana Yevtushenko  

15. Yelyzaveta Kompaniiets

16. Tymophy Vasheka 

17. Anastasiia Salova 



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ôLearning from History: Discriminationö

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Ukrainian-Polish-German Educational Seminar

“Learning from History: Discrimination”

November 22-29, 2018, Oswiecim, Poland

(As seen by the Ukrainian Participants)

ôLearning from History: Discriminationö


     Anastasiia Petrova: When I firstly heard about the seminar and decided that I would definitely take part in it, I learnt about the main requirement for the potential participants. The task was to prepare a speech on the topic of discrimination and represent it to the panel. I started to prepare, I was searching for the information about implementation of discrimination in the past, lots of historical events, but then I decided that it would be quite boring and prepared my own point of view on this topic. And it actually worked, because after the delivering my speech to the panel I found my name in the list of participants. Then I and all other participants had several meetings with Vickie Nailing, who was the member of the panel during our speech representations. She gave us very important comments on our speeches. She emphasized strong points of our speeches and points that should be improved. In addition, she gave us also advices how to improve our ability to express our point of view. Being a USA citizen, she shared information about past and contemporary situations of discrimination in the USA with us and we shared information about Ukrainian situation of discrimination. Vickie Nailing invited her friends who work with international students at Donetsk National Medical University to the one of our meetings. They told us about the life of international students, difficulties and kinds of discrimination, which they face in our city. It was very important and useful for us, because we realized that even our own society is not perfect.

ôLearning from History: Discriminationö


Karina Kovalchuk: We arrived at IYMC, an educational institution with the campus between the center of the Polish city of Oświęcim  and the former German concentration camp of Auschwitz  on November 22 very early in the morning. Being led by the organizer of the seminar Nataliia Tkachenko we got a chance to look around the main building as well as the houses to live for the next eight days. The atmosphere of the place was educationally inspiring and cozy; we had the rooms for study and for the recreation too as cafeteria and the open space to have a meeting with all other students to play pin pong. Though we were tired after a long time driving we saved some energy for the evening meeting with all members of the group. The first time seeing all the participants of the seminar was impressing as we got new Polish and German friends to exchange the opinions with.

ôLearning from History: Discriminationö 


Kateryna Berezhnytska: Friday morning came and the weather agreed so well with the trip we were going to take. It was the first day of our excursion to Aushwitz-Birkenau Museum Complex, which I had heard so much about, anticipated and dreaded at the same time. You learn history, watch movies, read books, research into the topic of discrimination, think you know so much about all the horrors of discrimination, Nazis, Jews issue, and when you stop before the ill-famous metallic sign “Arbeit Macht Frei”, you hold your breath. The air is still, there is no sun shine, people never talk loud or laugh here. Because it is a big cemetery, where people’s lives had been taken away ruthlessly, in great numbers, with tortures, just for some specific reason a group of people crazily devised. Every square meter, every brick, every cobble stone of the complex preserves its terrifying story… You look at the pictures, at the things which once belonged to different people, notice how various the shoe models once were, how shapeless the camp uniform was, how mercilessly short the time for basic human needs was… and you ask the guide questions, which even if answered don’t give you the comprehension of the horrendous atrocities one group of people could commit.

I look at my friends, at other visitors, and I am glad to see not a single indifferent face. This place is horrible, but it teaches us a god lesson of history. The inscription on the wall says “Those, who don’t remember their past, are condemned to repeat”. The lesson is too dear, but it will cry out for centuries ahead.

Olena Zabiedilina: Oświęcim is almost always associated with concentration camps. But we had an opportunity to see it from another side. Once a typical European town with a market square, cathedrals, synagogues and a castle, nowadays it can boast of new housing complexes and large buildings which are developing around the city. A lot of places are decorated with street art, which appeared from the initiative of Life Festival organizers and participants. It is an entertainment music festival held since 2010 in Oświęcim. This annual event is organized at the end of June. Important elements of Life Festival Oświęcim are: a world peace message, building peaceful relations, combating racism and anti-Semitism, and all of this is conveyed through performing art. When you walk around this town now it seems very cosy and charming with its narrow streets and beautiful houses.

ôLearning from History: Discriminationö


Olena Dzhus: the conclusion of our stay was a poster workshop, conducted by a professional designer from Krakow, Eva Natkanich. When it started, many of us felt a little confused, as we did not associate ourselves with such kind of activity in any way. But step by step, hour after hour, through demonstrations and discussions, we got so much involved in the task of producing a series of anti-discrimination posters, that our lunch break seemed to come out of the blue, and no one seemed to be willing to make a break. Some of us had moments of complete disappointment and frustration, and our highly professional supervisor only added to the heated atmosphere of the seminar room with her comments and remarks. Well, after a day and a half we did it! Each of us produced two or more posters on the topics previously discussed. Very minimalistic and at the same with so much effort put into them here they were – our masterpieces – all proudly exhibited in the hall of IYMC. And that was not all. Each of us had to tell to the audience what was our idea behind the image. Pani Eva was beaming with satisfaction, as she put at stake our lack of skills and experience, but in the end was generously rewarded for it by the appreciation of the guests of our “exhibition”.

Yaroslava Liovochkina: Despite the busy schedule of the seminar, we had a great deal of fun. As the center is called Youth Center, many groups there consist of young people from different countries. We spent great time mixing with them. We will keep in touch with our new Polish, German and Canadian friends.

The day before the departure we had the possibility to get closer to the soul of the most vibrant cities of Poland which is called Krakow. There we felt the atmosphere of the upcoming Christmas and browsed around a lot of historical places. Having taken a lot of pictures and having bought a lot of presents to be brought to Ukraine, we came back to Oswiecim to open the poster exhibition.

 What we learned about atrocities of Nazis in Auschwitz-Birkenau, made many of us cry, spend sleepless nights wondering what seeds such crazy ideas into the heads of some people to start mass killing of those they choose to be scapegoats…Yet, many questions stay without answers. It means, after coming back home we feel responsible for sharing our knowledge with friends, colleagues, fellow students. Maybe, together we will always remember that all people are created equal and we all have the right to be, to feel, to love and to like…


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List of Participants for the International Seminar in Poland 2018

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List of Participants

for the International Seminar in Poland 2018


The following students are welcome to fill in applications at 12.30 in Room 706 on the 18 October 2018:

  1. Kovalchuk Karyna
  2. Dzhus Olena
  3. Zabedilina Olena
  4. Liovushkina Yaroslava
  5. Berezhnytska Kateryna
  6. Petrova Anastasiia
  7. Puchnina Daria
  8. Vitiuk Bohdan
  9. But Daria
  10. Lyashenko Nina
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The International German-Polish-Ukrainian project 2018-2019 Learning from History: Discrimination focuses on the issue of discrimination in historical and contemporary perspectives.

The seminar, organized by the International Youth Meeting Center in Oswiecim, takes place on 22-29 November 2018 in Oswiecim, Poland. The organizer covers meals, accommodation and entrance fees.


The competition is open to the students of all the faculties of Central Ukrainian State Pedagogical University aged between 18 and 26. Competitors must be passport holders of Ukraine and must have a valid foreign passport or travel document. 

To participate in the project:

<!  1) send a filled in application form (in English and Ukrainian) by email to the address: Please, take the application form on the site  (Heading “Our Projects”, “Learning from History”);

<!- 2) make a 3 minutes’ prepared presentation on the topic “Discrimination” and present it to the jury on 17 October 2018 in Room 706 (7-storeyed building) at 2 p.m.

Requirements for the oral  presentation:

  • Language of the presentation is English
  • show your perspectives on the problems of discrimination, hate, indifference, radicalism, Holocaust
  • speak what dimensions and consequences these social phenomena may have

The results of the competition will be announced on 18, October 2018 on the site the finalists will be invited to take part in the German-Polish-Ukrainian project 2018-2019 Learning from History: Discrimination on 22-29 November 2018 in Oswiecim, Poland.

During the international project the participants will have a unique opportunity to visit the State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland, get to know about institutionalized discrimination in the Nazi policy in the 1930s-1940s, discuss contemporary forms of discrimination and the ways to counteract it. The poster workshop in the final part of the seminar will help the participants to process the things seen and heard, learn to make posters and enjoy the team work.

Please, feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Contact details of the ESU Ukraine:


+380672546400, +380663317911

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The Conveners of the English-Speaking Union Ukraine and America House in Ukraine have great pleasure in announcing the beginning of the National Public Speaking Competition 2018-2019.

The competition will run from 1 October, 2018 until 2 February, 2019.

The competition is open to students aged between 16 and 20 in full-time education at the time of the competition. Competitors must be passport holders of Ukraine and must have a valid foreign passport or travel document. 

The winner of the National Public Speaking Competition will represent Ukraine in the International Public Speaking Competition that will be held in May 2019 in London.

To apply for the competition a student should:

1)    send a filled in application form (in English and Ukrainian) by email to the address:

Please, take the application form on the site

(Heading “Our Projects”, National Public Speaking Competition)

2)    make a video presentation (in English) on the topic  A lie has speed, but truth has endurance, save it onYoutube, and in the application form indicate the reference to it, send the application form by email to:

Requirements for the video presentation:

  • Full length shot, formal style
  • Presentation should be shot indoors, in one place, at one time in sequence
  •  Presentation should last for 3 minutes
  • It is not allowed to use animation, pictures, accompanying music, any arranging and editing
  • Speakers may interpret the theme in any way they see it, but they should not use the theme as the title of the speech

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

The deadline for application forms and video presentations is 30 November, 2018.

The results will be announced on 20, December 2018 on the site the semi-finalists will be invited to take part in the Final stage of the Competition, that will be held on 2 February, 2019 at America House, Kyiv.

Final Stage

1. Presentation of the prepared speech

The theme is “Nature is a common language” .

Requirements for the prepared speech:

  • Speakers may interpret the theme in any way they see it, but they should not use the theme as the title of the speech.
  • In choosing their title, speakers should not be afraid to be provocative, hard-hitting or humorous.
  • Speakers must avoid speeches that are likely to be perceived as diplomatic or highly political.
  • Each speaker will be allocated 5 minutes. Judges may penalize speakers who overrun. Marks will be deducted for speeches which vary more than 45 seconds either side of 5 minutes.
  • Each speech will be followed by the questions from members of the audience and the judging panel.

2. Presentation of impromptu speech

Requirements for the impromptu speech:

  • Participants will receive their topics 10 minutes in advance of giving their speech.
  • Speakers may interpret the theme in any way they see it, but they should not use the theme as the title of the speech.
  • Speakers should not be afraid to be provocative, hard-hitting or humorous.
  • Speakers must avoid speeches that are likely to be perceived as diplomatic or highly political.
  • Each speaker will be allocated 3 minutes.


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

Contact details of the ESU Ukraine:

+380672546400, +380663317911


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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. 


 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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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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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