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31-01-2017, 22:29

NPSC 2017: only the winner takes it all?

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Since my first year at university I’ve heard a lot about the National Public Speaking Competition (NPSC) held by the English-Speaking Union, but decided to participate only when I was a third-year student. What a surprise it was when, with the first try, I appeared to be the runner-up of the competition! The only thing I regret that I haven’t taken part in it earlier. For those who still doubt whether they should try to become the part of this incredible contest, my strongest recommendation: DO IT!

The first thing that is worth noticing is organization. This year it was the second time America House welcomingly invited the participants from all over Ukraine to compete for the opportunity to present our country in the International Public Speaking Competition that will be held in May 2017 in London.

The event took place on January 28th and consisted of 2 stages: semi-final and final. In the semi-final 17 word-painters presented their prepared speeches on the topic “Label jars, not people”. They interpreted the theme the way they understood it and after finishing the speech they had to answer various questions from the Question team, audience and the judges.

For the Final only 7 participants were chosen to present impromptu speeches. This is the hardest stage of the competition because having only 10 minutes for preparation you are to deliver a 3-minute speech on a proposed theme. With trembling hands and eyes full of desire to win, all the participants did a great job and successfully coped with this task. After an intense discussion the judges finally announced Kateryna Ilchenko, a student of Kyiv National University of ‘Kyiv-Mohyla Academy’as the winner of NPSC 2017!

Despite the spirit of competition, it was extremely pleasant to observe friendly atmosphere that seemed to occupy the whole America House. During the breaks between the stages of the competition, the participants had a chance to communicate with each other, the judges and guests. I was amazed when after the semi-final a lot of people came to me willing to discuss my speech and ask me additional questions. It was so enjoyable to be surrounded by people who are so interested in what you are doing!

It was the first time when the NPSC was broadcasted online and now this video is easilyaccessible on Youtube channel of America House (watch! like! comment!). Though it was an additional pressure to feel that you would be watched not only by the people in front of you, it is a great step forward in popularizing the NPSC in Ukraine. The participants who are only going to try their hands for the first time can get a more vivid picture of the whole event, those who come back can analyze their performances and correct mistakes and the winners can just enjoy their moment of fame one more time.

The NPSC is not the contest of the English language knowledge. It develops your communicative skills, teaches you the art of persuasion, expands your mind-set, builds confidence and, of course, takes away fright. Perhaps, it was fear that didn’t allow me to participate earlier. I was too terrified not to justify my own expectations, to speak in public and express my opinion radically. But believe me: a few days after the competition you realize that all your fears are worthless. The NPSC turns you not only in a convincing speaker but also a confident person with broad outlook.

I want to express my sincerest thanks to all the ESU members and especially to the ESU Ukraine Chairman Margaryta Danilko for organization of the NPSC, to America House for warm reception and also for providing all the participants, non-residents of Kyiv, with accommodation and tickets to the capital, to the judges for their comments and fair decisions and, of course, to all the participants for unforgettable memories.

If you try to find the direction you want to follow in your life, the NPSC is the greatest place to search. You could not even imagine how I regret that I would not have the opportunity to compete next year because I’ll be out of age, but if you have a chance to participate – use it! Don’t be afraid to lose. Believe me: for yourself you’ll be a winner anyway!

Yana Hrebeniuk, the runner-up of NPSC 2016-2017,

 

a third-year student, Faculty of Foreign Languages, KSPU

 

 

 

 

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  • Date: 31-01-2017, 00:27
31-01-2017, 00:27

Congratulations to the winners of the NPSC 2017!

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1 st place- Kateryna Ilchenko,

National University of ‘Kyiv-Mohyla Academy’

Runner-up-Yana Hrebenyuk,

Kirovograd State Pedagogical University

Audience choice-Karyna Kovalchuk,Kirovograd State Pedagogical University

 

 

 

 

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  • Date: 19-12-2016, 13:58
19-12-2016, 13:58

The judges are delighted to announce the semi-finalists of the National Public Speaking Competition 2016-2017.

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The semi-finalists are listed in alphabetical order by the last name:

  1. Ihor Chychyrkoza       
  2. Olena Dzhus      
  3. Yana Hrebeniuk
  4. Kateryna Ilchenko       
  5. Dariia Ivashchenko     
  6. Larysa Kolomiiets
  7. Roman Kosiuh
  8. Karyna Kovalchuk      
  9. Darya Kozenets
  10. Olena Lisevych
  11. Anna Lugovaya
  12. Darina Milova              
  13. Nataliia Mykhailova    
  14. Kseniia Osadcha
  15. Natalie Vovchenko      
  16. Milana Yurakh
  17. Helen Zabedilina

Four more participants have been selected as alternate candidates for the Final stage of the Competition. They can be offered to take part in the Final stage in case a principal candidate is not able to participate at any circumstances.

Alternate candidates:

  1. Viktoriia Budun
  2. Olena Levchenko
  3. Alina Konko
  4. Valeriia Tsukanova

 

Congratulations!

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  • Date: 1-12-2016, 19:34
1-12-2016, 19:34

Seminar “Learning from History” in Poland

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Those who don’t remember their past are condemned to repeat it.

On the 13-19th of November, 2016 the group of 8 students from the Faculty of Foreign Languages of Kirovohrad State Pedagogical University participated in the German-Polish-Ukrainian seminar “Learning from history” that was held in Ocwiencim, Poland. The main aim of the seminar was to analyze the issue of hate speech in historical and contemporary perspectives.

The participants were impressed by the organisation of the workshops and amazed by the variety of the activities we were involved into. The students got to know about hate speech in the NS-propaganda in the 1930s, discussed contemporary forms of hate speech and the ways to counteract it. Talking about the workshops it is important to underline, that every participant had an opportunity to express his point of view, because the main motto during the discussions was to respect different opinions.

During group work we, the students from different countries, created posters to discover and interpret the understanding of the topic ”Hate speech”. All participants got unforgettable experience of team work and improved the critical thinking and public speaking skills. Welcoming  and creative atmosphere of the seminar helped us to make new friends quickly and to exchange willingly our emotions and thoughts.

One day of the seminar was devoted to the visit to the State Museum Auschwitz. Auschwitz-I and Auschwitz-Birkenau are concentration camps infamous all over the world. Striding for hours across the large territory of these horrible camps, looking at the trees, changing their leaves, and the sun, shining so brightly it was difficult to believe that not so many years ago an enormous amount of people were brutally murdered in this place. And the same trees might have witnessed the appalling tragedy.  We had a feeling of walking on the ashes of the old world and the ghosts of past seemed to follow us silently. The visit to the museum proved once more that it is extremely important to learn from the past in order that Auschwitz tragedy will never happen again.

We are grateful to the organisers of the seminar for a warm hospitality, fantastic activities and unique opportunity to discuss very serious issues of the past and present in an international environment!

 

Nataliia Mykhailova, Roman Kosiuh, students of the Faculty of Foreign Languages, KSPU

 

 

 

 

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  • Date: 18-10-2016, 17:25
18-10-2016, 17:25

The Proverse Poetry Prize 2017 (Single Poems)

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You are invited to enter in English one or more poems written by you, previously unpublished in English, in which you own the copyright. (You may enter poems you originally wrote in English and/or poems you originally wrote in another language.)

 

If another person has translated your poem(s) for you, you must acknowledge this and confirm that you own the copyright in the translation.


Poems may be (a) on ANY subject or theme chosen by yourself, OR (b) on the subject or theme, "Happiness", interpreted in any way you choose. You may use any form, style or genre.

 

Entrants keep their copyright.

 

Cash prizes are offered as follows:

1st prize; USD100.00; 2nd prize: USD45.00;  3rd prizes (up to four winners): USD20.00.

 

If there are enough good entries, an anthology of prize-winners and selected other entries will be published. Those whose work is included may purchase the anthology at a discount (but are not obliged to do so).

 

Max number of entries per person: No maximum.

Length:  no more than 30 lines.

An entry fee needs to be paid for each poem but you may not win more than one prize.

Entry Fee: £8.00 for each poem. (Other currencies available: USD12.00, CAD16.00, EUR12.00, NZD18.00, AUD16.00.) If you wish to pay by HKD (HKD88.00), special arrangements apply. Please see below.

 

Opening date for receipt of entries/fees 7 May 2017; Closing date: 14 July 2017.

 

In 2017, judging will take place at the same time as the judging for the Proverse Prize for unpublished book-length fiction, non-fiction or poetry (please see the details for the Proverse Prize).

Judges: anonymous (as for the Proverse Prize for an unpublished book-length work).

 

The Proverse Poetry Prize is open to all who are at least eighteen years old whatever their residence, nationality or citizenship.

 

THE FULL DETAILS AND THE FULL RULES, TERMS AND CONDITIONS WILL BE CONFIRMED IN DUE COURSE. To see these, please visit, from time to time, the website, proversepublishing.com. You may also send in a request to receive the free Proverse E-Newsletter.

 

 

WE REGRET WE CANNOT ENTER INTO CORRESPONDENCE ABOUT YOUR ENTRY/IES.¾ The Administrators, the Proverse Poetry Prize (single poems)

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  • Date: 18-10-2016, 17:14
18-10-2016, 17:14

Дебатний день America House Kyiv: Штрафування користувачів за нелегальне завантаження контенту не є виходом для захисту інтелектуальних прав власності.

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Ви креативні, вмієте чітко та швидко формулювати свої думки, знаходите логічні звʼязки для відстоювання своєї точки зору, переконливі та володієте ораторським та мистецтвом презентації на високому рівні? Тоді вам до нас. America House Kyiv запрошує взяти участь у дебатах “Штрафування користувачів за нелегальне завантаження контенту не є вихом для захисту інтелектуальних прав власності”. Не прогавте можливість долучитися до палкої денної дискусії першої суботи листопада в Американському домі, що знаходиться за адресою вул. Миколи Пимоненка, 6.

Формат події: парламентські дебати. Один з найрозповсюдженіших форматів, що грається по всьому світу та користується надзвичайною популярністю. До участі запрошуються дебатні команди. Професіонали чи початківці - не має значення. Головне - вміння твердо відстоювати свої інтереси. Кожна команда матиме власне завдання та цілі. Тема цьогорічних дебатів - захист інтелектуальних прав власності. Чи потрібні вони і якщо так, як саме має провадитися їх захист? Це користь чи шкода для сучасного суспільства? Інтелектуальне піратство - крута справа чи справа суду? Чи, можливо, все має перейти у відкритий доступ? Маєте свої ідеї з цього приводу? Ваша думка має значення. Приходьте та дізнайтеся, що інші мають сказати про захист інтелектуальних прав в Україні та світі.

Тож ви зацікавилися та бажаєте долучитися до дискусії? Стати учасником можна досить просто - достатньо заповнити реєстраційну форму за наступним посиланням - https://goo.gl/TypJC4 та пройти конкурсний відбір. Кінцевий термін подачі заявок - пʼятниця, 21 жовтня. Відібрані команди отримають запрошення електронною поштою не пізніше 26 жовтня, а вже 5 листопада світ дізнається імʼя нового переможця дебатного дня в America House Kyiv. До зустрічі.

 

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28-09-2016, 22:37

NATIONAL PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION

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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 2016-2017.

The competition will run from 1 October, 2016 until 28 January, 2017.

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 2017 in London.

To apply for the competition a student should:

  • send a filled in application form (in English and Ukrainian) by email to the address: esu.ukraine@yahoo.com

Please, take the application form on the site http://www.esu-ua.org.ua (Heading “Our Projects”, National Public Speaking Competition)

  • make a video presentation (in English) on the topic ”Peace is not an absence of war”, save it onYoutube, and in the application form indicate the reference to it, send the application form by email to: esu.ukraine@yahoo.com

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, 2016.

The results will be announced on 20, December 2016 on the site http://www.esu-ua.org.uaand the semi-finalists will be invited to take part in the Final stage of the Competition, that will be held on 28 January, 2017 at America House, Kyiv.

Final Stage

1.Presentation of the prepared speech

The theme is Label jars, not people”.

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:

esu.ukraine@yahoo.com

 

+380509179515, +380672546400, +380663317911

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16-09-2016, 19:11

International Council Meeting 2016

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This year ESU International Council Meeting was held in Tbilisi, Georgia in early September, 2016.

Delegates from about 20 international ESUs participated in the meeting. The ESU Ukraine was represented by the Chairman Margarita Danilko and a member of the Steering Committee Nadiya Ivanenko. A significant proportion of this year meeting was devoted to the ESU’s educational activities, including  international competitions. The ESU competitions equip young people with the skills and confidence to engage in speech and debate in the English language, and give them opportunities for the exchange of ideas and wider cultural understanding as global citizens in the 21st century.

During the meeting the delegates talked about the celebration of the ESU centenary in 2018. Jane Easton, Director-General of the English-Speaking Union, underlined, that the ESU’s founding vision for friendship, peace and understanding remains as strong as it was in 1918. However, the world has changed so much since the ESU’s foundation. English is now a global language and is taught as a foreign/second language all over the world. Global travel is commonplace. English is represented in the interconnected worlds of business, travel, modern technologies, science and academia, social media, sport and art. And yet, the tensions in the world because of the lack of cultural understanding and dialogue give the ESU members  huge cause for concern.

According to the Agenda delegates presented their Country Reports, which  had been circulated electronically beforehand, and discussed some items raised by ESU member countries. The work of the ESU Ukraine was highly appreciated at the meeting. One more point to discuss was the location and frequency of International Council Meetings.  One of the suggestions put forward was for the ICM to be held concurrently with the IPSC, in the years that the ICM is held in London. 

 

The ICM gave its delegates and guests an opportunity for face to face communication as they met around the International Council table for formal meetings, and also provided with a possibility to enjoy each other’s company in the hospitality, excursions and events that ESU Georgia had kindly arranged 

 

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We are delighted to announce the results of the National Essay Writing Competition 2016.

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The judging panel decided not to award the 1 st prize.

II place

Ruslan Tsybulia(Kapitanivka School)

Iryna Cherednichenko(Mala Vyska Vocational School №15)

III place

Kateryna Shamrai (Kirovograd professional service industries lyceum)

Julia Demidova(Kirovograd School № 26)

Congratulations to the winners!

 

The winners will be invited to the Award Ceremony by phone/email.

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8-06-2016, 17:52

IOM invites youth of Ukraine to participate in the national youth video festival PLURAL+ UKRAINE

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The IOM Mission in Ukraine joins the global joint initiative of the UN Alliance of Civilizations (AOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) "Youth video festival PLURAL+”, which aims to engage young people to make original and creative videos on the topics of migration, diversity and social inclusion.

 

IOM Ukraine invites young people aged 16 to 25 to participate in the national youth video festival PLURAL+ UKRAINE, which aims to encourage young people in Ukraine to express their own opinions and ideas about migration, diversity and social inclusion in Ukraine by creating short videos on these topics. The contest is supported by the Ministry of Youth and Sports on Ukraine, the Ministry of Education and Science, and mobile operator lifecellMolodiya Festival and CinemaHall are providing informational support.

If you wish to participate in the national video festival, you will find all necessary information in the Rules and Regulations and in the Entry Form. In case you have additional questions about the festival, feel free to contact Anastasia Vynnychenko at +38 044 568 50 15 or via email iomkievfestival@iom.int.

 

The deadline for submitting short videos to the festival is 18:00 (Kyiv time) on Wednesday, 31 August 2016.

The authors of the three winning videos will receive prizes from the IOM Mission in Ukraine and its partner organizations, and will be invited to attend the concert, dedicated to the 65th anniversary of IOM globally and 20 years of IOM’s work in Ukraine.

 

IOM Mission in Ukraine encourages participants to also submit their videos for participation in the global PLURAL+. Details on participation in the global festival are available athttp://pluralplus.unaoc.org/.