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We are pleased to announce the semi-finalists of the National Public Speaking Competition 2015-2016

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

1.Boyarska Sofiya

Lviv National University of Ivan Franko

2.Chychyrkoza Ihor

Cherkasy  First City Gymnasia

3.Ilchenko Kateryna

Kyiv National University of ‘Kyiv-Mohyla Academy’

4.Kovalchuk Karina

Kirovohrad Volodymyr Vynnychenko State Pedagogical University

5.Levkovska Anna

Horodok secondary school, Radomyshl region, Zhytomyr oblast

6.Lukina Yaroslava

Kirovohrad Volodymyr Vynnychenko State Pedagogical University

7.Lytvyn Olha

Lviv Polytechnic National University

8.Manzholenko Iryna

Cherkasy First City Gymnasia

9.Melnyk Nadia

Khmelnytskyi Lyceum 17

10.Milova Darina

Vinnytsia Humanitarian gymnasium №1

11.Mykhailova Nataliia

Kirovohrad Volodymyr Vynnychenko State Pedagogical University

12.Postrybailo Kateryna

Kyiv Gymnasium of biotechnologies177

13.Sokur Kateryna

Kirovohrad Volodymyr Vynnychenko State Pedagogical University

14.Talashchuk Viktoriia

Kostopil, Rivne district, National University “Ostroh Academy”

15.Tkachenko Kateryna

Chernihiv National University of Technology

16.Trotska Olha

Kirovohrad Volodymyr Vynnychenko State Pedagogical University

17.Tsymbalist Anna

Kirovohrad Volodymyr Vynnychenko State Pedagogical University

18.Vivchar Nadiia

Kyiv Dragomanov National Pedagogical University

19.Zabedilina Olena

Kirovohrad Volodymyr Vynnychenko  State Pedagogical University

20.Zhuk Julia

Kyivspecializedschool №159




Four 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. Ivanova Maryna

Kirovohrad Volodymyr Vynnychenko State Pedagogical University

2. Dzhus Olena

Ustynivka secondary school, Kirovograd region

3. Vovchenko Nataliia

Kirovohrad Volodymyr Vynnychenko State Pedagogical University

4. Andros Liliya 

Chernihiv Comprehensive school 24

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  • Date: 30-11-2015, 21:50
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International Seminar in Poland

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    Having seen the announcement about the Polish-German-Ukrainian seminar “Learning from history” held in Poland, Oświęcim on November 14-18, 2015, we realized that it was a great opportunity to broaden our knowledge about refugees, migrants, historical background of migration and discuss some urgent topics of nowadays in the historical perspective. As this issue has become extremely topical in Ukraine recently, we decided to embrace the challenge and applied for the seminar. Only 8 participants managed to go through the tests and the interview and were chosen to participate in the seminar.

Poland met us with a good, sunny weather. That was the first day of our staying in the country, so everyone was anxious anticipating the beginning of our seminar. The seminar started with an integration round and the participants had a good chance to get acquainted and to know more about each other. The end of the day witnessed preparations for the visit to one of the most terrible places in the world, Auschwitz concentration camp. Auschwitz concentration camp was the largest German Nazi concentration camp and the centre of mass extermination of Jews. At least 1,100,000 people were killed in Auschwitz, of these almost a million of the victims were Jews.  We visited ‘Auschwitz’ to see the traces of the past and acquire knowledge of the camp history and the Holocaust. In one of the rooms the guide said, “Close your eyes and imagine that each pair of boots belonged to a person. A person who had a life, who loved, who had hopes and dreams.” And we stood paralysed with terror in front of eighty thousands boots piled up behind the glass that belonged to victims of Auschwitz. 


    Visiting the former camp forced everyone to think over: How would I have behaved back then? How would I behave now if I had to make a difficult choice in face of evil? How should I behave for this to never happen again? 

The Nazi could break people's bodies but not their souls. We stood in silence, reading the words one little boy left on the memory wall: 

"Those victims of man's hatred 

were children just like me 

Those dragged from their homes in the middle of the night 

were children just like me 

Those one and half a million innocent souls 

were children just like me 

Yes, those children of the Holocaust 

were children just like me 

And you, who killed my neighbors, my friends and my family 

You too, were children just like me" 


    The next day of our staying in Poland was devoted to the meeting with the members of PAH, Polish humanitarian organization, and an Afghan refugee, Khalil Ahmed Arab, who made away from his motherland because of Taliban and found retreat in Poland. PAH is a volunteer organization established by Janina Ochojska, it is aimed to promote humanitarian values and make the world a better place. PAH aids people from all over the world including Ukraine. Michał Serwiński, the head of PAH office in Kracow, was initiating us into nuances of their work as the procedure of gathering money, skills required to work in PAH, etc. Everybody was impressed by how dedicated those people were, not to mention Khalil who went through many obstacles and managed to learn Polish, receive education and get a job. Besides, everybody enjoyed the warm and friendly atmosphere of the meeting.

While the last day of the seminar we had a wonderful opportunity to meet an amazingly beautiful Krakow. Most of us immediately fell in love with the city. We visited the Wawel Castle, that represents Gothic architecture. Krakow amazed us by its beautiful architecture and kind people, who would always show us the right way around the city. 

    The seminar was exciting and informative.  What is more,  it was interactive. We discussed many urgent problems through playing.  For example,  we were to present ourselves as" perfect" refugees (we were given the country of origin,  Sex,  religion and the nationality of a person to perform.  That meant that all the participants had to answer such important questions as "Why do I flee? ", Where? How?  Where do I get money?  What can I take with ME?  It was both fun and educating as we tried to be in the shoes of a refugee. After the presentations and discussions it turned out that getting an  asylum is a long and tough process. One more interesting activity was a group analysis "From differences to extermination". We took the historical example of the Jews in Germany and  step by step studied how being different caused prejudice and stereotypes of them as a nation, and then built a timeline of what events led to Holocaust and compared the past with what's happening in the world today.

During the seminar Ukrainian, Polish and German participants shared their knowledge, discussed the history and it was amazing to look at it from different angles. Despite different cultures and worldviews we made great friends, learning something new about the countries and cultures and also about ourselves from a new perspective. 

    There was a lot to learn and a lot of conclusions to make, but the main is – we as a community should learn from the history not to repeat the mistakes of the past.



Members of the ESU Ukraine, students of Kirovograd State Pedagogical University:

Volodymyr Shelar, Anastasiia Mishchenko, Dariia Bezzadina, Lyubov Leonovets, Alina Ukradyzhenko, Yevheniia Kifenko, Alex Khlopenko, Juliia Chobu




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Training Workshops’ Timetable

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6 November, Friday , 9:40 am

Room 610, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Kirovograd State Pedagogical University. 

Workshop 1, coach Daria Bezzadina

“Making a Speech”(Choosing the Topic, Research the TopicEvidence Search)

9 November, Monday, 9:40 am

Room 709, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Kirovograd State Pedagogical University. 

Workshop 2, coach Dariia Shevchuk

“Impromptu Speech”( Speech structure)

10 November, Tuesday, 11:10 am

Room 610, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Kirovograd State Pedagogical University. 

Workshop 3, coach Daria Bezzadina

“Prepared Speech”(Speech Structure)

11 November, Wednesday, 11:10 am

Room 610, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Kirovograd State Pedagogical University. 

Workshop 4, coach Daria Bezzadina

 “Speech Guidance”(Interpreting the theme, Credibility, Introduction and conclusion)

12 November, Thursday, 9:40 am

Room 608, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Kirovograd State Pedagogical University. 

Workshop 5, coach Dariia Shevchuk

“Making an Impromptu  Speech” (Supporting your statements)


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The Conveners of the English-Speaking Union Ukraine, IREX and America House have great pleasure in announcing the beginning of the National Public Speaking Competition 2015-2016.

The competition will run from 1 October 2015 until 26 February 2016.

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 2016 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:

 Please, take the application form on the site

  • make a video presentation (in English) on the topic Integrity has no need of rules”, save it on Youtube, and in the application form indicate the reference to it, send the application form by email to:

Requirements for the video presentation:

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

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

The Deadline for application forms and video presentations is 30 November 2015.

The results will be announced on 20, December 2015 on the site the semi-finalists will be invited to take part in the Final stage of the Competition, that will be held in February, 2016. The exact date and place will be announced additionally.

Final Stage

1.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.

2.Presentation of the prepared speech on the topic “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any”.

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.

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

Contact details of the ESU Ukraine:

380509179515, +380663317911, +380672546400




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Following national and continent judging stages the English-Speaking Union announced the continent winners for My Magna Carta

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Following national and continent judging stages the English-Speaking Union announced the continent winners for My Magna Carta.  They have been invited to the Grand Final which will take place in London in October 2015.



Junior – Kayseka Geerjanan (Mauritius)

Senior – Mfundo Radebe (South Africa)


Junior - Xue-Ern Neo (Malaysia)

Senior - Fathima Nifra (Sri Lanka)


Junior - Ella McEvoy (Australia)

Senior - Jack Donnelly (Australia)


Junior - Marie Georgette Spiteri (Malta)

Senior - Sofija Jovanovic (Serbia)

South America

Junior - Valentina Errazuriz (Chile)

Senior - Rocio Lopez (Chile)

North America

Junior - Jane Josefowicz (USA)

Senior - Isabelle McMullen (USA)

The United Kingdom (The UK was treated as a separate continent for the purposes of the competition).

Junior - Laura White (Uxbridge)

Senior – Alice Wilson (Herefordshire)


The ESU Ukraine is proud, that Kateryna Ilchenko from Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Ukraineis in the list of  Highly Commended.



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П’ята щорічна Літня Дебатна Школа

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25-31 липня 2015 року 


Найкращі враження цього літа чекають саме на тебе! Щоб навчитись дебатам - не треба їхати до Британського парламенту. Всеукраїнська молодіжна громадська організація «Федерація дебатів України» за підтримки Міністерства молоді та спорту України запрошує на Літню Дебатну Школу(ЛДШ) 2015.


ЛДШ 2015 розрахована на тих, хто за тиждень часу бажає отримати нові знання з дебатів, ораторської майстерності та технологій публічного виступу, а також з менеджменту проектів, створенню та розвитку дебатних клубів.


Основні навчальні блоки, що будуть представлені на Школі:


Навички публічних виступів – як говорити так, щоб тебе хотіли слухати.

Основи дебатів - курс тренінгів з дебатної майстерності, основ аргументації та Менеджмент дебатних спільнот – для лідерів і тих, хто прагне ними бути та разом змінювати країну на краще.

Блок для викладачів шкіл -  спеціальна серія тренінгів, спрямована на поширення і популяризацію серед підлітків освітньої технології “Дебати”.

Суддівство – для досвідчених дебатерів, з метою більш глибинного розуміння гри та критеріїв оцінювання виступів на турнірах.


Цьому не навчать в університеті!


Всі зареєстровані учасники будуть розділені на чотири групи:  


1. Новачки - в неї потраплять всі ті, хто тільки роблять свої перші кроки в дебатах.Тренери навчать мистецтву слова, після чого зможете випробувати отримані знання на справжньому дебатному турнірі в парі з досвідченими гравцями.  


2. Менеджмент дебатних спільнот - учасники, які мають бажання розвивати дебатний рух України отримують не тільки знання з “основ дебатів”, але й інструменти для створення та організації роботи дебатних клубів, ефективної дружньої команди та реалізації найсміливіших проектів. Неважливо, скільки тобі років та чи є у тебе досвід. Головне - бажання, все інше зробимо ми.


3. Викладачі – до даної групи будуть зараховані ініціативні, активні викладачі загальноосвітніх шкіл, які бажають освоїти технологію “Дебати” та викладати її школярам, з метою подальшої їх участі в Чемпіонаті України з дебатів 2015-2016 н. р.


4. Досвідчені - призначена для тих, хто має досвід гри в дебати, але прагне перейти на інший рівень розвитку себе, як дебатера, організатора, лідера  та отримати знання, щоб надалі успішно судити і тренувати. 


Місце проведення: Одеська обл., курорт Затока, База відпочинку "Дача Хуторок"


Детальна інформація в соціальних мережах за посиланням:


Літня Дебатна Школа 2015 | ВКонтакте;    Літня-Дебатна-Школа-2015/Facebook


Орієнтовний організаційний внесок: 1300 гривень (можливе зменшення суми в залежності від отримання додаткового фінансування), покриває: проживання, харчування(обід та вечеря), роздаткові та методичні матеріали, участь у тематичних вечірках.

Відбір учасників буде здійснюватись на конкурсній основі, за результатами розгляду заявок та мотиваційних відео.


Реєстраційну форму можна заповнити за посиланнями:


- Реєстраційна форма для групи "досвідчені"


 - Реєстраційна форма для групи "куратори"


-  Реєстраційна форма для групи "новачки" з регіонів: Одеса, Київ, Дніпропетровськ, Харків, Івано-Франківськ, Львів, Миколаїв, Вінниця, Рівне, Луцьк, Кривий Ріг, Кіровоград, Ірпінь, 


- Реєстраційна форма для групи "новачки" з ВСІХ регіонів КРІМ: Одеса, Київ, Дніпропетровськ, Харків, Івано-Франківськ, Львів, Миколаїв, Вінниця, Рівне, Луцьк, Кривий Ріг,Кіровоград, Ірпінь, Запоріжжя


-  Реєстраційна форма для групи "вчителі"


Кількість місць обмежена. 




Літня Дебатна Школа 2015 – це 100 молодих, ерудованих та амбіційних  молодих 


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Meeting with HMA Mr. Simon Smith

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On Wednesday, 27 May students of Kirovograd State Pedagogical University had a wonderful opportunity to meet with the British Ambassador to Ukraine Mr. Simon Smith. This is the second visit of Mr. Smith to our university.

Mr. Smith, one of the most open and friendly person I have ever met, started the meeting with a little speech in Ukrainian, which pleasantly amazed the audience and made the students smile broadly. I guess, Mr. Simon Smith was rather pleased with the effect produced. Then HMA spoke about Ukraine and his job in our country. He expressed Britain’s strong support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Mr. Smith also confirmed the UK solidarity with Ukraine.

However, most of the time HMA left for questions and comments from the audience. Having known that Mr. Smith studied modern languages at Oxford University, we all could not resist asking a lot of questions about languages: favorite ones, tough ones, beautiful ones. We also wanted to know his opinion on what he personally considers to be the most difficult in a foreign language acquisition. And it turned out, that for HMA it is listening comprehension.

Mr. Simon Smith answered all our questions with such enthusiasm and cheerfulness that it was inspiring and almost contagious. He also shared with us some embarrassing and funny moments in his job as an ambassador in different countries. Mr. Smith has a terrific sense of humour and during his speech the audience often burst into laughter. While listening to HMA we were excited to know him as a usual person, just the same as we are. Besides his work he finds time for having fun, reading, playing the piano and trombone, cooking, playing his favourite game cricket and learning new languages.



The atmosphere of the meeting was very positive and friendly. There was no sign of coldness or restraint, that one might expect from a typical Englishman.  Even if anybody had had any stereotypes about it, they all vanished during the meeting. We greatly enjoyed communicating with HMA Mr. Simon Smith and felt privileged to welcome him as the guest at our university. We are looking forward to seeing Mr. Smith in Kirovograd again!




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International Public Speaking Competition 2015 in London

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Going to London to represent Ukraine in the International Public Speaking Competition 2015 held by the English-Speaking Union is the experience worth sharing. I wish everybody had such an opportunity!

The organizers of the IPSC 2015 did great job. The programme embraced 5 days – from 11 May to 15 May. During the first three days all 50 delegates from all the continents  had an opportunity to make friends and have fun. The competition itself took place on 14-15 May.

On Monday, 11 May all the tired of flight participants arrived  at the Headquarters of the ESU – Dartmouth House, a spectacular building, which reminded me of that old London I had imagined from the books of Arthur Conan Doyle and Charlotte Bronte. We played “ice-breaking games”, which were aimed for us to get to know each other faster. For example, each respectable delegate had to show his own country with the help of gestures. That was fun: some people danced, others imitated rowing or even kung-fu.

The next day we had workshops, being busily engaged in analyzing famous speeches. The organizers decided to intensify our cultural exchange by including country presentations in the programme of the competition. It was curious to observe our stereotypes break with loud crack. I did my best to inform people about Ukraine and its extreme beauty (in three minutes). Those three days were so dynamic: we visited Noel Coward Theatre to watch a musical “Matilda”, then the Tower of London, the Globe, where our mentor, an actress and a director, gave us acting classes. We mostly walked on foot, exploring London, chatting, teaching each other the phrases in our own languages and learning all the world cultures on the run. Everybody admitted, that those three days created such friendly and positive atmosphere, that nobody felt competitive.

However, the competition was approaching. It consisted of three rounds: heats, semi-final and final. In heats the participants were supposed to deliver their prepared speeches on the topic “Culture is not a luxury, but a necessity”. I would never imagine that this topic has SO many angles, as so many versatile ideas were expressed. Semi-final consisted of impromptu speeches. Some topics were easy enough, such as “All that glitters is not gold”, but the participants revealed them brilliantly avoiding trite and obvious things. Some were tricky, for example “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down”.  After this stage of the competition we had a boat tour along the Thames, which was a bit blurry due to famous London rains. In the evening all 50 delegates were bowling enthusiastically.

The Grand Final was held in the Headquarters of HSBC, the biggest bank of the UK. The general topic for the Final was “To be ignorant of the past is to remain a child”.  All the speakers were efficient and convincing, the ideas were fresh and of topical interest. The winner was a girl from Iceland Alma Ágútsdóttir.

After the Final we took photos (I have never done so many selfies in my entire life!), hugged, and promised to keep in touch. I am grateful to the ESU for that amazing cross-cultural, friendly busy week, which gave me 50 friends from all over the world!



Daria Bezzadina, a participant of the IPSC 2015, a student of KSPU







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Informative Conversation

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Students’ life is not just lectures, seminars and exams, it’s also interesting meetings and self-development.

On the 21 May we had a meeting with a very interesting person – TV-host and graduate of our faculty – Victoria Talashkevich, who told us about the project of the British Counsil for youth – “ Active Citizens”. The main purpose of it was to promote social change and to establish equal relations between people. We watched some information video from different countries-members of the British Council and then each of us had a chance to take part in group work and to express his/her own opinion on important questions such as what community was and if we could pride of our community. We made collages and drew cartoons. All participants enjoyed team-working and took active part in all activities. We were able to hear some interesting thoughts about such serious questions as power, community etc. I think that this meeting was very useful and funny and we really learnt many interesting things. So I hope that we would have such activities in future. Because spending time with friendly company and informative conversation is the best way to really wake up and to tune into work in the morning.


Diana Panasova

Student of Group 102








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Tabalov Award 2015

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Last week on May 22 there was an open event attended by the students and the teachers of the Faculty of Foreign Languages. Daria Bezadina, the winner of the National Public Speaking Competition 2015, made a presentation about her visit to London, where she took part in the International Public Speaking Competition 2015 and represented our country. She spoke about the very structure of the competition, excursions, visited places, different parties and meetings. "All the participants presented their own countries. So everyone was to say or show something that at least could give some image of the traditions and culture of his homeland. So participants showed everything they could: they were dancing, singing, and one Asian guy even tried to teach others some "kung -fu" movements“,- says Daria. She has got invaluable experience and unbelievable impressions, and also has met many interesting people and even made new friends.

The meeting was attended by the head of the local organization "Ridnii Kirovohrad" - Tabalov Andrii Oleksandrovysh, who presented a tablet as an award to the Audience Choice winner of the National Public Speaking Competition Daryiia Shevchuk. According to the speech of Andrii Oleksandrovych, we have found out about his charity in Kirovohrad and beyond the pale as well. He also actively supports the Ukrainian warriors from the East of our country with the help of material backings, he was in charge of establishing a new center of economical rehabilitation called “The mother’s heart”, where mothers and their handicapped children get their material and moral support. The guest also told us about his long way to success, about his studying in Great Britain, moreover slowly changing his language of speech from Ukrainian to English, which he masters effortlessly. The present people asked the politician about his past and plans for the future, about the opportunities for students to get their education abroad and to be sure in the further working places. Andrii Oleksandrovych answered that after the introduction of the law of industrial enterprises, the students will get their vacancies first. Tabalov also added that everyone can become the member of the organization "Ridnii Kirovohrad" with the aim of promote rapid city’s development and of self-realization at the same time. So, the students and the teachers liked this event very much and they took lots of interesting and useful things out of it.


Karina Kolesnik


2 Year student