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10-04-2018, 09:37

The ESU Ukraine is delighted to announce the semi-finalists of the National Shakespeare Competition 2018!

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The semi-finalists are listed in random order:


The semi-finalists are invited to the semi-final of the competition which starts

at 10.00 a.m.on 24April 2018 in the TsSPU library building

(1 Shevchenko Street, 2 Floor). Registration is at 10.00 a.m.

All the participants are reciting a sonnet different from that one presented at Round 1.

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  • Date: 22-02-2018, 17:32
22-02-2018, 17:32

We invite pupils and students to join us for the 2018 ESU Ukraine Shakespeare Competition!

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The 2018 English-Speaking Union Ukraine Shakespeare Competition will take place on 1-24 April 2018 at  Central Ukrainian 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 formfrom 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, 2018.

The results of Round 1 will be announced on 10, April 2018 on the ESU site 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 24April 2018.


  • 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 notwear 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:

0509179515 Margaryta Danilko

066 3317911 Nadiya Ivanenko

0672546400 Larysa Yarova  



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1-02-2018, 10:02

Break your borders!

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Communication is the backbone of our society. It allows us to form connections, influence decisions, and motivate change. Without communication skills, the ability to progress in the working world and in life would be nearly impossible. Public speaking is one of the most important forms of communication. It can help anyone build a great career and succeed.

On January 27th America House in Kyiv warmly welcomed the semi-finalists of the National Public Speaking Competition organized by the English-Speaking Union Ukraine. It was an incredible opportunity to make our voices heard, exchange ideas, meet interesting people and expand our horizons.     The event consisted of two stages. First, 19 amazing young people from all over the country delivered their prepared speeches on the topic “Art has no borders” and answered the questions from the audience, judges and the Question team afterwards. Everyone interpreted the theme in a unique, extraordinary way. To be honest, I find it fascinating how every individual has a different understanding and perception of the world. The second stage was the final: 8 participants were selected to present impromptu speeches. We had only 10 minutes for preparation and 3 minutes to share what we have to say. All the finalists did a fantastic job and successfully coped with this task. Some performances truly took my breath away.

After an intense discussion the judges finally announced Karyna Kovalchuk as the audience choice winner, Ihor Kryvyi as the runner-up and me as the winner of NPSC 2018! I was so surprised and couldn’t even believe that my dream is coming true and I will represent Ukraine in London this May.

Despite the intense spirit of NPSC, it was a pleasurable and enriching experience. During the breaks public speakers got to know each other better while having a cup of coffee together. It was so enjoyable to meet like-minded people. The judges were also very friendly and happily gave personal feedback to the participants after the competition.

The National Public Speaking Competition is a great chance to build self-confidence, discover the art of persuasion, get inspired and overcome your own barriers. About 90% of the world’s population  are afraid of delivering speeches in front of large audiences, so nerves on the stage are completely normal. It’s hard to avoid them no matter how much you have prepared, but the most amazing thing about taking part in the NPSC is learning how to express your thoughts in spite of your fears.

I want to thank sincerely all the English-Speaking Union members for organizing this life-changing contest, the winners of the previous years for being a fantastic Question team, the judges for making their time to come and evaluate us and, of course, the participants for sharing their opinions - I have enhanced my knowledge in many fields while listening to their speeches.

This competition proves that public speaking gives a glance into the borderless future created by us - young people that believe in their dreams. I highly recommend everyone to try next year and here is advice from me: be exactly who you are, have courage to speak up for your values, believe in yourself and break your borders!


Anastasiia Rohova, the winner of NPSC 2017-2018,a first-year student, Faculty of International Economics and Management, KNEU

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30-01-2018, 22:28

National Public Speaking Competition 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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29-01-2018, 10:28

Congratulations to the winners of the NPSC

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1st placeAnastasia Rogova, Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman;


Runner up - Ihor Kryvyi, Ternopil Volodymyr Hnatiuk National Pedagogical University;


Audience choice - Karyna Kovalchuk, Kropyvnytskiy CSPU.

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The English-Speaking Union Ukraine has great pleasure in announcing the National  Essay Writing  Competition 2018, that starts on January 20, 2018 and ends on March 30, 2018.


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


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



What are the ways of improving my community/neighbourhood?”


While exploring the topic you should:

  • Explore possible changes in infrastructure, education and culture and how they can  affect you.
  • Give examples connected with your current place of living.

The Deadline for submitting an essay is March 30, 2018.


 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
  •        Useoflanguage
  •        Coherence, logics
  •        Structure of a personal opinion essay

The results of the National Essay Writing Competition 2018 will be announced in April 2018 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


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



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  • Date: 21-12-2017, 07:34
21-12-2017, 07:34

We are delighted to announce the semi-finalists of the National Public Speaking Competition 2018, who will take part in the Final Stage of the Competition on 27 January 2018 in America House, Kyiv.

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Here are the names (in no particular order):

1.Kamila Kuliyeva Jadihar kyzy

2.Maria Samovarova 

3.Nataliia Mikhailova           

4. Hlib Leheida

5. Darya Kozenets

6. Karyna Kovalchuk            

7. Liliia Paryliak        

8.Ulyana Gnatyshyn

9.Daria Kopiyevska  

10.Daria Puchnina    

11. Iryna Manzholenko         

12.Inna Sydoryshyna           

13.Sofia Rybnikova 

14.Tetiana Besarab   

15. Igor Kryvyi         

16.Olena Dzhus        

17. Veronika Zimon  

18. Sofiya Boyarska  

19. Olena Tian           

20. Kateryna Tebiakina                     

21.Anastasiia Rogova                     





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On Monday, November 13th 2017, the International Youth Meeting Centrebased in Oświęcim, Poland, welcomed 12 young people from Poland, Germany and Ukraine, who had become the participants of the seminar “Learning from History”. Everyone was eager to start working on the theme “Discrimination”, but the first day was devoted mostly to the integration. Due to the cozy and playful atmosphere, everybody got rid of shackles of shyness and was ready to refresh historical knowledge about the horrors of 1930-40s which was necessary for visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum planned for the next 2 days.

On Tuesday and Wednesday we experienced 4-hour excursions around Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau respectively. Though we were aware of all inhumanity and obduracy that plagued in that place, entering the museum we realized that we were not ready to see everything firsthand. Walking from the exposition to the exposition, our eyes were full of tears from the horrors that people were forced to pass through. We rejected to imagine how people could do such things to human beings. The photos of living skeletons, Jewish children's shoes, cut hair, broken glasses left untouched no one.  Recovering from the emotional commotion, the participants spent hours in fruitful discussion of what we had seen.

Thursday and Friday were spent working on the topic of discrimination in the modern world. Listening to the stories of people who appeared to be the victims of racial, gender, religious and sexual discrimination we tried to figure out the ways how to free people’s minds from all the prejudices and stereotypes and how to build the society of open-minded humans. One of the surprises was the chance to work with amazing Ewa Natkaniec, a creative designer, who taught us the basics of creating the posters and helped us to make our own anti-discrimination projects and transfer them from the computer screen to paper.

The presentation of our posters became the exclamation point of the seminar. Everyone chose different topics and had unique ideas, so the presentation became a great opportunity to express our thoughts about manifold types of discrimination and explain what problems we wanted to raise with our works. We were amazed how creative every idea was! But what is more: we worked on the projects until the midnight generously offering the helping hand to each other. We were a real team of friends who enjoyed spending time together!

For every participant the seminar appeared to be not only a serious educational event. Coming to a less formal part of it that started after all the work was done, the fun began. Our faces hurt from laughter, our brains were baffled with stories about Polish, German and Ukrainian traditions, our stereotypes were totally broken and the number of friends was significantly increased! We want to express the sincerest gratitude to the coordinators of the project Natalia Tkachenko, Margaryta Danilko and Anna Hartfiel.Due to their efforts the organization of the seminar was at the highest level and everyone enjoyed this time spent together! We could not even imagine that this journey would turn into such an enriching experience in many aspects: historical, social, cultural and educational.

During the last day of the seminar Natalia Tkachenko put in front of us 3 envelopes with symbolic pictures of a suitcase, a washing machine and a litter bin, asking us what we want to take with us from the seminar, what topics we still have to work on and what we want to leave in Oświęcim. It was an ineffable joy to hear that everyone would definitely take home new pleasant memories, friends, inspiration and hope, hope that it is possible to live in the society free of discrimination.

Y. Hrebeniuk, V.Budun, D.Ivashchenko, A.Borshchenko, D.Solodiei,


students of the Faculty of Foreign Languages, CSPU





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The English-Speaking Union International Council Meeting 2017.

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This year the English-Speaking Union International Council Meeting was held from September, 27 till October, 1 in Lisbon, Portugal. Delegates and guests all over the globe gathered to exchange views on important issues of the ESU work and its sustainable development. Margaryta Danilko and Nadiya Ivanenko, associate professors of the Faculty of Foreign Languages in Central Ukraine Vynnychenko State Pedagogical University, represented Ukraine at the ESU Forum. The delegates listened to the report from the Director General Jane Easton and then focused on educational agenda. Having overviewed the presentations from Carol Losos (ESU US) and Duncan Partridge (ESU UK), they explored the place of English and Oracy in member countries at  group sessions.

The ICM Chairman, Dr Paul Beresford-Hill, gave a presentation on the United Nations and the English-Speaking Union. In his speech he highlighted the ESU educational agenda and the framework of the UN Global Goals. Lucia Dumont from the ESU France completed her two years as President of the International Council this autumn, and her hard work and achievements have been highly appreciated by the ESUs worldwide. Margaryta Danilko, Chairman of the ESU Ukraine, was elected as a new President of the International Council for the next two years. The election of a Ukrainian as the IC President is not only a recognition of the ESU Ukraine work but also a great tribute to Ukraine and its people.

Her Britannic Majesty’s Ambassador to the Portuguese RepublicMrs Kirsty Isobel Hayes hosted a reception for the ESU ICM delegates and guests at her residence in Lisbon.The ESU members also enjoyed a guided tour of the Portuguese Parliament Building with an ESU member who is an MP, they visited the archaeological sites within the ruins of St George’s Castle and the Cathedral of Lisbon.



The next English-Speaking Union International Council Meeting will be held in London in May 2018. There will be an international gathering – the ICM and the International Public Speaking Competition- devoted to the Centenary of the English-Speaking Union in 2018.


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If you can dream it, you can do it

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On the 18th September 2017 the third year student of the Faculty of Foreign Languages Karyna Kovalchuk told about her experience of the program Work&Travel.

She has visited the United States during the summer vacation with the aim to work and improve her English skills. Myrtle Beach in South Carolina is one of the most popular attractions for the tourists.  The small hotel “Jonathan Harbour” has become her working place and accommodation for the following three months.

Of course, it wasn’t easy to do hard job of a housekeeper every day, but the picturesque atmosphere of the nearby ocean and friendly stuff helped Karyna to deal with all the hardships of living far away from homeland and family. 

It was very interesting to listen to the stories about visiting the baseball game for which America is so well-known, about the small tradition of going to the cinema every Tuesday and tasting different types of ice-cream, visiting a tribute concert dedicated to Michael Jackson and many other fascinating staff.

We have heard about America which is so far away from us, the country we’ve read about a lot. Surely, friendship and unforgettable memories are the essential part of this experience. Hospitable atmosphere, amazing and world-known architecture, legendary sights and places - all these things help to settle in a foreign country and enjoy time there.

Work&Travel is a great opportunity for the students to explore other countries, improve their language skills and spend summer profitably.And Karyna’s impressions have proved us that everything is possible: you just have to take some pains to make it true.

Natalia Mykhailova

3 year student