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Winners of the English Speaking Union Ukraine Shakespeare Competition 2015!

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Congratulations to the winners of

the English Speaking Union Ukraine

Shakespeare Competition 2015!



I place – Karina Kolesnik

(Kirovograd State Pedagogical University,


II place – OlesiaVolkova  

(Kirovograd State Pedagogical University,


III place – Eugene Ivanchenko

(Kirovograd State Pedagogical University,


III place – Ann Gulak

 (Kirovograd State Pedagogical University,




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








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Shakespeare Competition 2015

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The English Speaking Union Ukraine



Shakespeare Competition 2015 will take place on:



Thursday, 23 April 2015,

11. 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 10.30 a.m. for the orientation meeting.

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National Public Speaking Competition 2015

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On Thursday, 12 March, 2015 the event started with the greetings from the Rector of KSPU Oleg Semenyuk and the Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages Oleksandr Bilous, who welcomed the participants and congratulated them on proceeding to the Semi-Final. Every semi-finalist made great efforts to come to that stage of the competition.

The Semi-Final started with debate games. The participants were divided into 2 groups. Each group consisted of 6 people: 3 representatives of proposition, 3- of opposition. Five possible topics for debates were announced in advance for participants to have time for thorough preparation. But the actual topic for the game was chosen from five possible just at the Semi-Final. The first group were to speak on the theme “This House believes that the European Union and the USA should have done more to stop war in Ukraine”. The second group debated “This House believes that to be healthy you should go vegetarian”. The audience was completely involved in the debate games. While debate the speakers were asked many questions from the question team, judges and the audience.

After debating students had a chance to present their impromptu speeches. Every participant chose a different topic and had 10 minutes for the preparation. The participants were aimed to speak not more than 3 minutes. During the Semi-Final most of the participants demonstrated excellent skills of debating and public speaking, therefore it was rather difficult for the adjudicators to choose the finalists.

On Friday, 13 March the names of 8 finalists were announced. They were: Bezzadina Dariia, Ilchenko Kateryna, Leonovetz Lyubov, Maiba Diana, Rybchenko Dariia, Scorohod Yuliia, Shevchuk Dariia and Volkova Olesya. At the Final the participants delivered their prepared speeches, inspired by the general theme“Culture is Not a Luxury, But a Necessity”.Speakers interpreted the theme in various ways for 5 minutes.

Dariia Bezzadina, a student of Foreign Languages Department of KSPU, with her speech “Hunger Games” won the National Public Speaking Competition 2015. She was also chosen the best speaker by the audience. In May 2015 Dariia Bezzadina will represent Ukraine in the International Public Speaking Competition in London, Great Britain. The runner-up is Kateryna Illchenko, a student from Kyiv Mohyla Academy. The winner and the runner-up were given prizes from the Rector of KSPU and the ESU Ukraine. Another finalist Dariia Shevchuk got a special award for her commitment to public speaking from a Kirovograd businessman Andriy Tabalov.

Two days of the competition were full of sharing, commitment and inspiration and that made NPSC a very successful event!


Volodymyr Shelar, a student of KSPU






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The English-Speaking Union Ukraine has great pleasure in announcing the National Essay Writing Competition 2015 “My Magna Carta”.

Magna Carta is one of the most famous documents in the world. Originally issued by King John of England as a practical solution to the political crisis he faced in 1215, Magna Carta established for the first time the principle that everybody, including the king, was subject to the law. Although nearly a third of the text was deleted or substantially rewritten within ten years, and almost all the clauses have been repealed in modern times, Magna Carta remains a cornerstone of the British constitution. There remain four copies of the original Magna Carta; one of which is located in Lincoln cathedral, one is in Salisbury Cathedral, and two are in the British Library in London. Magna Carta has provided a source of inspiration and debate for centuries now, and is still highly symbolic of the rights of the individuals and the limits on the power of those who rule.


The competition is open to Ukrainian school and university students (aged 16-18) in full-time education at the time of the competition.

Each competitor should create their own Magna Carta fit for the 21st Century, in other words,

to write a document that has the potential to provide the rights that we need for the next 800 years.

It can relate to your specific region, a particular group of people or the entire world.


To apply for “Magna Carta” 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 Deadline for submitting “My Magna Carta” essay is 15 April 2015. The results of the National Essay Writing Competition “My Magna Carta” will be announced up to the 1st of May 2015 on the website

The essay winnersof the National Essay Writing Competitionwill be sent to London to take part in the International Magna Carta Competition. The winners of the International Competition will be invited to London and will be required to present their Magna Carta orally, and participate in a question and answer session with the audience.


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We invite pupils and students to join us for the 2015 ESU Ukraine Shakespeare Competition!

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We invite pupils and students to join us for

the 2015 ESU Ukraine Shakespeare Competition!

The 2015 English-Speaking UnionUkraine Shakespeare Competition will take place on 23 April 2015 at the Faculty of Foreign Languages, Kirovograd State Pedagogical University, Assembly Hall, 1, Shevchenko Street, Kirovograd, Ukraine.

The Competition is open for 10-11 form school pupils and 1-6 year of studying university students.

Through the Shakespeare Competition students develop communication skills and an appreciation of the power of the English language and literature.

In the English-Speaking UnionUkraine 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.


Participant must register in the ESU web-site filling in the application form by 20, March 2015. To register, please, visit

Each student must select, memorize and perform one sonnet from Shakespeare's 154 sonnet cycle.

  • The sonnet must be complete (no cutting of lines in the sonnet is allowed).

  • Students' order of performance is determined by lot.

  • Students cannot wear costumes or use props of any kind (including chairs, jewelry, items of clothing, etc.).

  • Music is not allowed to use.


To learn more about the Competition and the English-Speaking UnionUkraine, visit  

Contact us by email/by mobile phone:

0509179515 Margaryta Danilko

066 3317911 Nadiya Ivanenko


0672546400 Larysa Yarova  


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Mind, please, that there are some changes to the competition dates:

the Semi-Final and the Final of the NPSC will take place on 12-13 March 2015.


Thursday, 12 March 2015

1.Debate game.

2.Presentation of impromptu speech.


Friday, 13 March 2015

Presentation of the prepared speech.

The theme of the prepared speech for the Final is 'Culture is Not a Luxury, But a Necessity'.

 Five possible topics for debates at the Semi-Final will be announced in February 2015 for the semi-finalists to have time for thorough preparation.  The actual topic for debate will be chosen from five possible only on the day of the debate game, 12 March 2015.


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We are pleased to announce the semi-finalists of the National Public Speaking Competition 2014-2015

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


1.      Berezovska Yuliia Chernivtsi Lyceum 3


2.      Bezzadina Dariia Kirovograd State Pedagogical University


3.      Buhai Tetiana Ichnia Gymnasium, Nizhyn Regional Lyceum


4.      Ilchenko Kateryna National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla academy


5.      Ioffe Vladyslav Zaporizhzhya Gymnasium 31


6.      Khrustsel Anastasiia College of Chernivtsi National University


7.      Kuchkin Mykyta Kirovograd Secondary School 14


8.      Leonovetz Lyubov Kirovograd State Pedagogical University


9.      Lutsenko Lilia Chernihiv region, Gymnasium of Varva


10.  Maiba Diana Cherkassy School 6


11.  Prochai Myroslava Nizhyn Regional Lyceum


12.  Rudenko Juliia Chernihiv  School 1


13.  Rybchenko Dariia Kirovograd State Pedagogical University


14.  Scorohod Yuliia Kirovograd State Pedagogical University


15.  Seredenko Oksana Ruskin University


16.  Shevchuk Dariia Kirovograd State Pedagogical University


17.  Shulika Anastasiia College of Chernivtsi National University


18.  Sorokin Volodymyr Kirovograd Medical College


19.  Vladov Oleksandr Kirovograd State Pedagogical University


20.  Volkova Olesya Kirovograd State Pedagogical University



B                                                                                        Congratulations!



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Meeting with the representatives of the Center of Exchange-Traded Technologies

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"Is it easy to sell money? I answer this simple question that it is as easy as a pie!’’

Tuesday, October 25th, students of the Foreign Languages Department of Kirovograd State Pedagogical University had an amazing meeting with the representatives of the Center of Exchange-Traded Technologies. The meeting was organized by the English-Speaking Union Ukraine. Due to the holding week of the youth financial literacy a lot of useful and interesting information concerning the development of financial knowledge and skills was given. Oleksandr Mykolaiovych Sosonsky and his colleagues are looking for new workers with the knowledge of English for their company. They need such professionals as financial consultants and analysts, traders, freelance trade agents and managers.

The students were invited to the central office of the company, which is located on 25, Dvortsova Street in Kirovograd for detail information and individual talk. The course of studying costs above $ 1,000,  but now you can get it completely free and succeed in a new field having an opportunity to earn some money. If business becomes profitable, students can get a great amount per month.

Everybody enjoyed the presentation and was thankful for such an informative and friendly meeting.

‘’We hope for our cooperating and will be waiting for you. Have a good day and aim at success! ‘’


Anna Klymovska, 3-rd year student, KSPU





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Meeting with the Ambassador

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Meeting Her Majesty's Ambassador to Ukraine Mr. Simon Smith was something I had been looking forward to since the day after the national rounds of the International Public Speaking Competition in Kirovograd ended. Needless to say, visiting an Ambassador in his residence for teais not an everyday experience.

The anticipation of the meeting was further enlarged by the amount of time I had to wait – initially planned for April-May, it was finally held in November. As one can see, the aggression of our tri-coloured neighbour causes discrepancies and inconveniences at many levels – geopolitical and personal alike.

Having finally stepped onto what formally is British territory under theVienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, that is Mr. Ambassador’s residence, the first thing that came across my mind is that his temporary dwelling felt like a home of a British family. There was the simple yet exquisiteinterior, with big floor space and high ceilings that gave the place a feeling of both homely coziness and diplomatic esteem.

As I was pouring myself a cup of tea with milk (milk first, I’ve heard that’s how they do it in Britain’s north) whilst admiring the many paintings and features of the interior, a pleasant-looking man approached us. “Simon” – he introduced himself, shook everyone’s hand with a smile and invited the six of us into the living room. Mr. Smith followed the diplomatic protocol even in a meeting with students.

What followed next is a discussion so interesting, thought-provoking and inspiring that it really should have been put in a word-for-word record of the meeting and published somewhere. Of course, this is all thanks to Mr. Smithalong with his wife Sian, who were great hosts and conversation keepers. They toldus their life stories, were interested to hear ours, gave in-depth answers to both easy questions and not. Surely, because Britain plays a significant role in supporting Ukraine in our strive for European way of life and war against the Kremlin, and Mr. Smith is a representative of the British government, a large part of the time was dedicated to the topics of Maidan, Crimea, Donbas, war. Not the most pleasant topics for a teatime conversation, but such are the times we live in.

Fortunately, and thanks to Margarita Danilko, after quite a while we switched to the topic of literature, as I was still itching with questions about politics and international law, overexcited by Ambassador’s answers and insight. He reminded me of his colleague and my grandfather. It seems that with both of them I could talk for hours and never run out of topics to discuss and argue about.


The result of Mr. Smith’s and Sian’s hospitality was that we spent more than two hours at the residence – twice as much of what was initially agreed upon. For us, the students, it was a chance to view our country and its problems from a foreign perspective in an educated way, get a grasp of how the world sees us. And I hope that for the lovely Smith’s it was a chance to perceive the struggles of a young generation of Ukrainians – the ones too young to be in political power, yet too old not to be involved in the creation of their new home and a new Ukraine.  

VladyslavDanyleiko, the winner of the NPSC 2014, a law student of Kyiv Mohyla Academy.



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An Unforgettable Meeting

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SPLENDID! This is the word that comes to my mind when I recollect 18 November 2014, the day we had an informal meeting with Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Ukraine Mr. Simon Smith in his residence in Kyiv.

To be honest, I have been waiting for such an opportunity to visit the Ambassador’s residence since my first year of studying at the university and finally I was given this chance.

When we entered the house I imagined myself being in the royal palace – Queen’s Elizabeth II portrait, elegant and cozy furniture, the piano, stores of amazing literature books. Everything was penetrated with the English spirit, even the smell inside was English!

I had not managed to delight with the atmosphere when The Ambassador came and greeted us. Then we had our cup of tea with Mr. Simon Smith and his wife, a very pleasant and smart lady. The Ambassador shared his points of view concerning the current important situation for the Ukrainians and expressed his support for all of us and prosperity for Ukraine.

 The most exciting topic was reading the books as all of us shared what book is the closest to his heart. I discovered Joseph Roth “The Radetzky March”, that, by the way, belongs to the top books of the Ambassador.

My emotions go off scale when the Ambassador started to play the piano, he did manage to impress everyone.

I thank the English- Speaking Union Ukraine for giving such a unique opportunity to meet Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Ukraine and to spend some time communicating informally with him while having a cup of traditional English tea.

Looking forward to hosting the Ambassador Mr. Simon Smith and his wife in Kirovograd again!


Lyubov Leonovets, a third year student of the Faculty of Foreign Languages, KSPU, won the 2-nd place in the Essay Writing Competition 2014.