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The English-Speaking Union Ukraine has great pleasure in announcing the National Essay Writing Competition 2017.

The competition is open to all Ukrainian students  aged 16-22.

Each competitor should write in English  an original personal opinion essay on the theme:

“The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success”. While exploring the topic you should:

  • Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure.
  • Explore how it affected you.
  • Discover what you learnt from the experience.

The Deadline for submitting an essay is 15 June 2017.

 Essay requirements:

  • The essay  must be written in English.
  • Your writing should be based on the structure of a personal opinion essay.
  • The word counts are 500-600 words.
  • The essay must be typed with double spacing, 14 point Times New Roman.
  • Your last name should appear in the upper right corner of each page of your essay.
  • The essay must be inventive and original, clearly and concisely written.  We want to hear your individual voice, representing your own research and ideas.
  • If a quotation is used, be sure to identify the source of information.
  • Plagiarism will result in disqualification from this and any future English-Speaking Union Competitions.

To apply for competition the student must fill in a registration form (take the form on the Website:

The essay and a filled in form must be sent by email to the address:

The judges will assess the essays according to the following criteria:

  • Contents, reasoningandevidence
  • Development and analysis of  arguments
  • Language use
  • Coherence, logics
  • Structure

The results of the National Essay Writing Competition 2017will be announced in September 2017 on the website

The winners will be awarded.

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

Contact details of the ESU Ukraine:


  • Tel.:+380509179515,+380672546400
  • Address: the ESU Ukraine, Room 706, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Kirovograd State Pedagogical University, 1 Shevchenko Street, Kropyvnytskyi, 25006, Ukraine.
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  • Date: 16-03-2017, 20:35
16-03-2017, 20:35

International student seminar in Bad Liebenzell

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Flying on a plane, meeting with a marvelous and mysterious soul of Germany, living in the real mountain castle founded in the 12th century, discussing  topical problems of the digital world, creating unique projects, improving public speaking skills – all these things that happened during the German-Polish-Ukrainian seminar “Learning from history” will always stay in the memories of six students from Kirovograd State Pedagogical University, who were lucky enough to have the possibility to take part in it.

The first day in Germany was full of expectations, the Ukrainian participants were impressed by an enormous Frankfurt airport, and it was difficult to realize how far it is from our homeland. On the train station in a small town Bad Liebenzell we were met by Gertrud Gardenberger– one of the main organizers of the project. When we finally reached the Burg Liebenzell castle, situated  on a high mountain , and met our friends from Germany and Poland, the day was almost over. We shared  our expectations considering the project, came to know the schedule of our work and got acquainted with seminar facilitators.

The next days were full of team work and discussions. We were discovering the problem of hate speech which is widely reflected in the social media and tried to figure out the possible solution to it. The meeting with Mahmud, a refugee from Palestine, who told us his own tragic life story, persuaded each of us that the decisions a person makes can depend on very different and difficult life situations and none has a right to judge or humiliate him for these determinations. One of the guest speakers was a student of Tubingen University who told us about the dangerous consequences caused by anti-European mindset and cleared up the meaning and functions of the European Union itself. After that we were about to divide into groups and choose our own way to interpret the problem of the hate speech.

A day in Stuttgart appeared to be a brilliant opportunity to visit the House of History (Haus der Geschichte) and to see the installations connected with the life of different refugees. All these people had one common thing – they were forced to leave their own countries just to stay alive. Their true stories together with their possessions (a necklace, a dress, shoes, an exercise book) helped the students to see real people, who lost everything because of war, and seeked for asylum in Germany. The second part of the excursion was dedicated to the German history beginning from the 18th century. The inspired students returned back to Bad Liebenzell and were ready to start working on their own projects.

While working in groups and analyzing cases of hate speech in the social media and the consequences it may lead to, the participants became well aware of the destructive power of hate speech. The teamwork on the projects being very interesting and challenging united the students. The outcome of this work were researches, poems, a cartoon and even a website.

During the five day seminar we learnt about the problems of rising hate all over digital world, discussed how the web is changing society’s struggle to protect individual and collective rights, developed our critical thinking skills, worked in groups and discovered how we must change our habits to counteract hate speech, did field research, interviewed in order to explore the issue of hate speech and participated in the “Open-Space” sessions. A lot of new things were explored, a great amount of work was done, and all the participants got an incredible experience and became more knowledgeable about the problems of discrimination and hatred in the digital world. What is more, we made friends and understood that we are strong when united.

We are extremely grateful to the organizers of the project for their hospitality, support and the fascinating atmosphere that prevailed during the seminar. These memories will warm our hearts long after!


Nataliia Mykhailova, Milana Yurakh, Roman Kosiuh, Bohdana Heva, Alina Borshchenko, Maksym Korolov, students of Foreign Languages Department KSPU






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  • Date: 8-03-2017, 22:32
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67…I would have paid a million dollars to the person who had shot an astonished expression on my face when Gail Flister Vallieres, the Community Development Specialist of the US Peace Corps, revealed me her age. This woman with shining eyes and youthfully positive outlook on life seems to have an endless margin of energy which she generously shared with the students of KSPU at the meeting that took place on 2 March, 2017 at the Faculty of Foreign Languages.

After the retirement from the post of an accountant in 2011, a new chapter of Gail’s life began: she joined the Peace Corps - a service opportunity for motivated changemakers that helps them to delve into a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of present generation. Gail emphasized that the main mission of the Peace Corps is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Now the US Peace Corps has volunteers in more than 60 countries and Ukraine is lucky to be in this list.

The first Gail’s encounter with our country happened in 2013. Before arriving to Kropyvnytskyi, she spent 3 months of intensive training in Chernigiv. Besides the strenuous learning of Ukrainian and Russian, she had a chance to discover our culture, traditions and customs, the majority of which Gail drew from the host family, whose members she described as “people with hearts of gold”. (Lady Halyna, Gail’s story about your holybtsi made all the present to salivate!)

Because of an unstable political situation in Ukraine, Gail spent 2015 in Moldova which was “a completely different experience” for her. Here she:

  • worked in the construction college, where the volunteer helped in teaching business, as English is considered to be an essential element for succeeding in the business sphere;
  • participated in arranging a social project devoted to environmental problems, in which the girls took photos in their prom dresses on the background of rubbish to raise the awareness on environmental issues;
  • taught elderly people to work with the computer;
  • learned to make wine (!);
  • conducted a 4-day kayak trip on the Dnister (how many of you can boast the same things?).

In 2016 Kropyvnytskyi welcomingly met Gail for the second time. Now she is working with the NGO Flora, the purpose of which is to protect rights and encourage civic participation among teenagers. Besides Gail’s volunteering work at the schools, she can be found in the English club that is situated at the Chyzhevskyi library and holds the meetings from Monday till Thursday at 17:00. She tries to make every class unforgettable, choosing topics for discussion which are both interesting and challenging, and is happy to see all the willing to improve their English there!

Such people as Gail are the greatest inspiration for young generation! The slightest glance at this magnificent woman reminded me what possibilities there are in my hands and that it is only me who controls my fate. When Gail was asked what actress she would like to see playing the leading role in her biopic, the woman answered she would be proud to view Meryl Streep in this guise. But, Gail, believe me: it is Meryl Streep who should be proud of playing you, because your story is definitely worth knowing!


                                    Yana Hrebeniuk,


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






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  • Date: 14-02-2017, 15:10
14-02-2017, 15:10

We invite pupils and students to join us for the 2017 ESU Ukraine Shakespeare Competition!

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The 2017 English-Speaking Union Ukraine Shakespeare Competition will take place on 1-20 April 2017 at  Kirovograd 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 form from 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, 2017.


The results of Round 1 will be announced on 10April 2017 on the ESU site and 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 20 April 2017.


·         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 not wear 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:

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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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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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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



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  • Date: 1-12-2016, 19:34
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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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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, 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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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 - 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.