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  • Date: 8-06-2016, 17:52
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


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 at

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  • Date: 18-05-2016, 18:40
18-05-2016, 18:40

An amazing experience at the IPSC 2016

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The ESU International Public Speaking Competition (IPSC) is the largest and oldest public speaking programme in the world. Each year, the winners of the National Public Speaking Competitions from all over the world come to London to represent their countries at the global forum, held at the ESU Headquarters Dartmouth House. This year the event started on 9 May and proceeded until 13 May 2016. The participants, aged 16-20, performed their speeches and made friends with people from all over the world.

I was honored to represent Ukraine at the IPSC2016. With all my heart I have enjoyed the time with fabulous young individuals, each of whom represented her own country. Open-minded, honest, provocative, persuasive participants from all over the world gathered to share their culture, traditions and opinions.

This fantastic event is not just about competing. The participants get a chance to take part in a series of cultural, social, and educational events in London. We got incredible experience from different workshops and events organized by the ESU. Group workshops with the ESU mentors, experienced public speakers and debaters,  gave us an  opportunity to practise and master our skills. The play “A curious incident of the dog in the night” we saw at Gielgud theatre showed us the variety of modern British theatre. While exploring different historical artefacts and pieces of art in the British museum we broadened our horizons. We also had a breathtaking workshop with a professional actor at the Globe Theatre.

The event that made one of my first days in London very special was meeting the ambassador of Ukraine Natalia Halibarenko, who  kindly invited me and warmly welcomed at the Ukrainian Embassy. Together we discussed the differences in Ukrainian and British education and possible changes in the national educational system. I have told her about the work of the ESU Ukraine, my studies at the faculty of foreign languages at the KSPU and my participation in the National Public Speaking Competition.

The International Public Speaking Competition started on Thursday 12 May 2016 and included three stages: Heats, Semi-Final and the Grand Final. During the Heats  48 participants from 45 countries presented their speeches on the topic “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking that they do not have any”. They interpreted the theme in any way they saw it. Their performances were followed by a set of questions from the audience and adjudicators.

The results were announced on 13 May, which was a historical day for Ukraine as it was the first time our country proceeded to the stage of the Semi-Final! At the Semi-Final 18 participants, including me, presented an impromptu speech. Each semi-finalist had 3 topics to choose from and only 15 minutes to prepare the speech. It was a challenging task for everyone!

Six participants, representing Poland, Ghana, Mexico, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and India came to the Final. During the Final they delivered their speeches on the topic “Integrity has no need of rules”. The Grand Final took place in the afternoon of Friday 13 May at the headquarters  of Chelsea Football Club. The judging panel, chaired by Baroness D'Souza, the Lord Speaker, had a tough job in selecting a winner but eventually awarded Vivian Garciacano from Mexico the prize of the winner and Marco Del Valle from the Philippines as the runner-up.

The IPSC expands the knowledge of the world, widens the outlook on many cross-cultural issues and gives the platform for young people from all over the globe to exchange views on a wide range of contemporary topics through the use of the English language. And consequently, it serves to increase international understanding, global awareness and friendship.

It is extremely important for young Ukrainians to form and express their personal opinion, as I am sure that words have great influence on the world and society. And I feel privileged and happy, that participation in this fantastic event enabled me to speak on behalf of Ukraine to the rest of the world. An amazing experience at the IPSC helped me to develop communication and leadership skills,  to realize my potential and  to expand the  knowledge of the world.

 I would like to express my thanks to the ESU Ukraine for their activities, which empower, enrich and encourage young people.

Anna Tsymbalist, the winner of NPSC 2016, a semi-finalist of IPSC 2016, a second year student, Faculty  of Foreign Language, KSPU.






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  • Date: 24-04-2016, 19:44
24-04-2016, 19:44

Shakespeare Competition 2016

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The 21st of April, 2016 witnessed 65 young and talented reciters delivering the sonnets of one of the most well-known poet, playwright and actor of our history, William Shakespeare. Ukrainian Shakespeare Competition is an annual event initiated and run by the English-Speaking Union Ukraine to honour the prominent artist as well as to find new talents among the Ukrainian youth.

         Ukrainian Shakespeare competition is held yearly on the eve of William Shakespeare’s birthday at the assembly hall of Kirovohrad Volodymyr Vynnychenko State Pedagogical University. To apply for the competition one should download a registration form from the official ESU Ukraine site, fill it in and send it by email to the address given on the site. The competition rules are simple: you choose one of the Shakespeare’s sonnets (the list of sonnets you can also find on the ESU official site), learn it by heart and present it in front of the public without any visual and audio aids.

The competition provides a great platform to display the knowledge and skills students have. At the beginning of this year competition Rector of KSPU, Oleg Semeniuk welcomed the students focusing on the great importance of the competition for academic and personal growth of a young personand its role in developing  students’ ideas and public speaking skills.

This year’s competition was exceptional not only because of the biggest number or participants ever taken part in the event, but because of the visit of the members of the ESU Germany Howard and Gabriele Kroch, who were honourable guests and the judges of the Shakespeare Competition 2016. The Chairman of the ESU Germany Howard Kroch greeted the participants saying, that the competition plays a great role in motivating students to perform and to excel and offers more rewards than just winning a prize, it can give an opportunity to gain  substantial experience, showcase skills, analyze and evaluate outcomes and uncover personal aptitude.

         The competition was a great success. The audience highly appreciated all the efforts made by the participants and gave them rounds of warm applauses. Olena Zabedilina, a 1 year student Kirovograd State Pedagogical University won the I prize. The II place took Karina Lavrinova from Kirovograd School 20, and the III place – NataliiaVovchenko and Olena Chernenko, 1 year KSPU students. All the winners were awarded with the prizes from the  ESU Ukraine and the Charity Fund of Yaroslav Bublik. Moreover, each of them was given presents by the Rector of KSPU and received a special gift from the ESU Germany.

         Ukrainian ESU Shakespeare Competition along with a number of other events organised by the ESU Ukraine is a great possibility to develop English speaking and declamatory skills as well as to get priceless experience, to make friends and open new horizons which would definitely benefit your student life. Join ESU Ukraine to be in touch with the latest news and oncoming events not to miss any!

Volodymyr Shelar,


Member of ESU Ukraine, a senior student of KSPU




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  • Date: 24-04-2016, 19:34
24-04-2016, 19:34

A visit of the ESU Germany members

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On 20-21 April, 2016 Kirovohrad State Pedagogical Volodymyr Vynnychenko University received the Chairman of the English-Speaking Union Germany Howard Kroch accompanied by his wife , the member of the ESU, Gabriele Kroch, who were invited to visit the university by the ESU Ukraine. On Wednesday morning, April 20, 2016 Howard and Gabriele Kroch met with the Rector of KSPU and the Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages, there was also a meeting with the members of the ESU Ukraine.

The guests from Germany had classes with  the students  of the Faculty of Foreign Languages. Mr.Kroch made a presentation  in English about the banking system in Germany. The next day he discussed  cultural differences between the Western and Oriental World. Gabriele Kroch spoke in German  on the peculiarities of the secondary education in Germany. She also discussed with the students  the prospects of Ukraine in EU, particularly, the referendum in the Netherlands on Ukraine’s integration to the EU. After the lectures, students had an opportunity to exchange their opinions and views with the ESU Germany members on various topics dealing with the life in Ukraine and Germany.

On Thursday, April 21, 2016 Howard and Gabriele Kroch were in the judging panel at  the annual Shakespeare Competition, held by the ESU Ukraine. Kirovograd Oblast school and university students recited Shakespeare’ sonnets. The competition was a success and the guests enjoyed it a lot. Mr. Kroch awarded the winners with the books from the ESU Germany.  In the afternoon the guests  accompanied by the students  Yana Budko (4 year student, German translation department), Anna Tsymbalist (2 year  student, German department), Anna Alyoshyna and Dmytro Lutskyi (6 year students, German department) visited KSPU archaeological museum, the science museum, the library and had a round city tour.

The visit was well organized and efficient. The students highly appreciated discussing various economic, political, educational and cultural topics during the classes and socializing with the guests from Germany after the classes. They got an invaluable experience and unforgettable impressions of sharing the opinions and exchanging views in a foreign language with native speakers, that inspire them to study successfully  and master English and German.


Yaroslava Lukina,3 year student, foreign languages department.




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  • Date: 23-04-2016, 11:04
23-04-2016, 11:04

We are delighted to announce the results of online Shakespeare Competition

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Congratulations to the winners!

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  • Date: 21-04-2016, 17:09
21-04-2016, 17:09

Congratulations to the winners of the English-Speaking Union Ukraine Shakespeare Competition 2016!

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I place –Olena Zabedilina

(Kirovograd State Pedagogical University,


II place – Karina Lavrinova  

(Kirovograd School 20)

III place – NataliiaVovchenko

(Kirovograd State Pedagogical University,


III place – Olena Chernenko

 (Kirovograd State Pedagogical University,




We highly appreciate all the efforts made by the participants and their teachers and wish them every success in their future endeavors. 

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  • Date: 11-04-2016, 09:19
11-04-2016, 09:19


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The English-Speaking Union Ukraine has great pleasure in announcing the National Essay Writing Competition 2016.

The competition is open to 13-20 year olds from Ukraine, divided into 2 categories: Junior 13-16 and Senior 17-20 (age at closing date).

Each competitor should write an original essay in English on the theme: To have another language is to possess a second soul.”

The Deadline for submitting an essay is 30 May 2016.

 Essay requirements:

1.The essay  must be written in English.

2.The maximum word counts are 500-750 words for Junior entries and 750-1250 words for Senior entries.

3.The essay must be typed with double spacing, 14 point Times New Roman.

4.Your last nameshould appear in the upperright corner of each page of youressay.

5.The essay must be inventive and original, clearly and concisely written. 

We want to hear your individual voice in your writing, representing your own research and ideas.

6.If a quotation is used, be sure to identify the source of information.

7.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, reasoning and evidence
  •        Development and analysis of  arguments
  •        Use of language
  •        Coherence, logics
  •        Structure

The results of the National Essay Writing Competition 2016 will be announced in September 2016 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:

Website:  Tel.:+380509179515,+380672546400


The ESU Ukraine, Room 706, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Kirovograd State Pedagogical University, 1, Shevchenko Street, Kirovograd, 25006, Ukraine.

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  • Date: 11-04-2016, 09:11
11-04-2016, 09:11

Shakespeare Competition 2016

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The English Speaking Union Ukraine


Shakespeare Competition 2016 will take place on:



Thursday, 21 April 2016,

10. a.m.

Assembly Hall


Old Building of

Kirovograd State Pedagogical University,

1 Shevchenko Street, Kirovograd, Ukraine.

All the participants are to be at the assembly hall


at 9.30 a.m. for the orientation meeting.

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  • Date: 14-03-2016, 15:22
14-03-2016, 15:22

International Seminar in Bad Liebenzell

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During March 2-6, 2016, five members of the ESU Ukraine, students from Kirovohrad Volodymyr Vynnychenko State Pedagogical University, successfully participated in the German-Polish-Ukrainian seminar“One million and counting: reality check for German "Willkommenskultur" in light of increased influx of refugees” which was held in a tiny town, full of cosiness and picturesque views, Bad Liebenzell of the land of Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. 

It is difficult to highlight some day out of five spent there to say it was marvellous and unforgettable, full of experience and knowledge as absolutely every single day brought us lots of unique information which we managed not only to cover during workshops discussing the German asylum policy, procedures and social reactions, but to feel it with a sight and touch. 

The first thing all of us will remember for a long time was visiting the refugee shelter where up to 250 Syrian, Iraqi and other  refugees live waiting for the most important letter in their life which says if the person has got a refugee status or not. Most of them are the victims of war and even don't want to remember frightening and hazardous life in homeland. These people came through prosecution, threats and fears. But how strong they are! They are open for meeting new people and studying something new. Most of them are ready to learn a new language, find new accommodation, and start a new and calm life. We should follow their example how to stay strong, patient and never give up.

Next we watched a presentation packed with interesting and sometimes frightening information. It was difficult for us to realize that only in 2015 around a half million people were seeking for asylum in Germany! The presentation also highlighted Germans’ attitude towards the refugees. While half of those who participated in poll said that refugees can be good for Germany around thirty percent of people had an opposite idea about them. People who support right-wing parties are likely to go on anti-refugee strikes or even to burn refugee shelters. So we came to the conclusion that one of the fundamental thing about refugee problem was misunderstanding between them and locals.

This day we also had a meeting with Idris Taha, a refugee from Afghanistan who told us his story which made us give the creeps. His family had to sell their accommodation to pay the kidnappers and save their child's life. They managed to leave the country but their paths split apart and Idris has never seen his family since that time. It is difficult for him to remember being a 16-year old child left alone in the whole world. He has been living in Germany for 6 years for now. He works for Red Cross and helps other refugees to turn over the black page of their life book and start a new one full of colours and happiness and he still has a hope to see his family.

During our second day of the seminar we had a great opportunity to be witnesses of a real  court proceeding in Stuttgart where the Judge Professor Jan Bergmann had a reconsideration of the case of a Roma family who was rejected in the refugee status. Later we had a private talk with the Judge who shared with us his ideas concerning the case; he also explained his actions and doubts during the hearing as well as his decision. He had to be impartial of course but even he finds it difficult to suppress emotion.

On the third day we tried to make our own plans on how to change the refugee system in Germany. We were full of ambitions and ready to share our ideas. We had three groups, in every group there were representatives of each country so it was interesting to work in such groups where people think differently. We had an opportunity to share own experience and ideas and implement them into project. One of the ideas that was presented and well developed in all three presentations was refugees’ integration into the society. Only by means of integration we can fight misunderstanding and thus fight social anxiety in Germany. All three projects were extensively elaborated and we were happy to do such a good job.

These seminar days flashed by, but still they last in our minds and hearts. Now we know how important it is to help each other and those in need. Only tolerance makes us real people! We have become more skillful in the sphere of refugee policy, worked out interesting ways of its improving and tried to make this world a better place to live in. We are very glad to have had such invaluable experience and have met many wonderful people.


Members of the ESU Ukraine, students of KSPU: Liubov Leonovets, Alina Ukradyzhenko, Oleksandr Tykholaz, Anastasiia Mishchenko, Julia Chobu.








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National Public Speaking Competition 2016

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As an ESU winner/participant I would like to share some of my warm memories.

It was my pleasure to take part in this wonderful competition. I met a lot of talented and open-minded young people. Sometimes I even forgot that this was a competition, because of incredibly friendly and warm atmosphere. I made a lot of friends and memories.

All participants presented interesting and inspiring speeches. The topic “People give up their powers by thinking that they don’t have any” was a great push for everyone to think about all kinds of different issues and discuss them.

I think that everyone, who learns English and has an open mind should try and take part in this competition. Nothing can be compared to that satisfactory feeling after you perform your best and share your thoughts on the topic that you have chosen. I can say that this experience is a great push in life.

I would like to thank America House and Kirovohrad Volodymyr Vynnychenko State Pedagogical University for all help and support during this event.

So, if you are young and ambitious, if you want to try yourself in public speaking you should really consider this competition as a great possibility to expand your knowledge and experience. Test and challenge yourself!


Ann Tsymbalist


2 year student of the Faculty of Foreign Languages





27th February the National Public Speaking Competition 2016 took place in the America House in Kyiv, Ukraine. The participants were the representatives of different oblasts of Ukraine: Kirovohrad, Kyiv, Cherkasy, Lviv, Zhytomyr, Khmelnytskyi, Vinnytsia, Rivne, Chernihiv.

The National Public Speaking Competition is the program which helps young people to acquire skills of public speaking, focus on learning English and meet new people at the same time. The winner of the National Public Speaking Competition goes to London to represent Ukraine in the International Public Speaking Competition. 

The National Public Speaking Competition includes two stages: semi-final (delivering prepared speeches) and final (delivering impromptu speeches). All the semi-finalists express their ideas and interpretations on the topic given. This year the topic was “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any”. All the shared ideas were exclusive and up-to-date. The finalists share their points of view on the randomly chosen topics. All the opinions were innovative.

The winners were chosen by the qualified Judges. They were Seneca Ryan (Senior English Language Fellow, US Embassy), Charles Bonds (Fulbright Scholar from Indiana University, Bloomington), Victor Markovich (Defence and Threat Reduction Office, US Embassy), Nadiya Ivanenko (Associate Professor, Germanic Languages Department Kirovograd State Pedagogical University), Larysa Yarova (Associate Professor, Translation and General Linguistics Department Kirovograd State Pedagogical University).

The Question Team’s task was to ask question on obscure or vague points in the speeches. The audience also listened carefully and inquired the speakers on the topic or on their attitude on some additional information.

The atmosphere was rather relaxed despite the tensity which the participants experienced. All the present people were active listeners and paid attention to all the speakers equally so it gave the feeling of confidence and responsibility for the uttered ideas. The speeches of all the participants inspired to deliver your own thoughts, to reveal some personal opinion and respond to some of the mentioned views. Moreover, it was impressive to meet so many new and exceptional people with such exclusive thoughts.

However, only one person was to be chosen to represent Ukraine at the International Public Speaking Competition in London, UK. The judging committee resolved Anna Tsymbalist to deserve to represent Ukraine. The runner up is Kateryna Ilchenko, and the audience choice is Iryna Manzholenko.


Yaroslava Lukina

3 year student of the Faculty of Foreign Languages