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How to teach English online

The instructors of The Foreign Languages Department Alla Diadechko and Svitlana Mikhno participated in the English Forum for English teachers “Education for the New Generation: Teaching and Learning in the Fresh new way”. The event was organised by Pearson Learning Company, D’Internal Books and Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics. Specialists from Great Britain, Ukraine and Poland delivered their reports at the Forum. Discussions on different questions and debates on modern English teaching approaches of today and the future were ongoing during two days.

Alla Diadechko and Svitlana Mikhno shared their experience of teaching English using online resources at Sumy State University. The forum provided a unique opportunity to demonstrate Ukrainian achievements and exchange opinions with colleagues who are practicing English teachers from Great Britain, Japan and Poland.

Colors of Diversity Weekend

Camp EXCITE’s Colors of Diversity weekend was another success for the Sumy region! On October 21-22, local students gathered at School No. 2 to take part in everything from finger-painting to deep discussions about multiculturalism and intersectionality. The counselors came from all over Ukraine and talked about many aspects of diversity including gender, language, culture, race, and ethnicity. Many of them were returnees from the summer Camp EXCITE, including the instructor of the Foreign languages department Ben Stewart. The campers brought a lot of energy and eagerness to learn, and the organizers are thankful for their great attitude! There are two more camps in the works (January – Teachers’ Camp EXCITE, April – Kids’ Camp EXCITE).



English Academic Discourse School

The instructors of the Foreign languages department Inna Zaitseva and Svitlana Mikhno participated int the work of All Ukrainian Summer “Academic English For Global Audience” that took place at Lesia Ukrainka Eastern European National University (the city of Lutsk).

The invited lecturers to the school were:

  • The author of “English – Ukrainian – Russian Thesaurus Dictionary of Academic Clichés”, professor Svitlana Zhabotynska, Cherkasy National University;
  • The director of Center for English Academic Communication, professor Tetiana Yakhontova, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv;
  • Expert on the problems of English Academic Speaking and Writing, assistant professor Yaroslava Fedoriv, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”;
  • The member of the editorial board of the “International Journal of Social Science Studies”, Professor Malgozhata Khaladevich-Gzheliak, Technoogy University (Opole, Poland);
  • The trainer of The British Council Project “Researcher Connect” for young scientists, assistant professor Iryna Mykhailova and others.

The participants of the school covered the following themes:

  • Academic English for a Global Audience: goals, objectives, tools, methodology etc.
  • Thesaurus Dictionary of Academic Clichés and Its Application in the Language Classroom
  • English – Ukrainian – Russian Thesaurus Dictionary of Academic Clichés
  • Thesaurus Dictionary as a Platform for Academic Writing
  • A Scholarly Paper: From authentic vocabulary to authentic perspectivization
  • English Academic Language and Style
  • English Research Paper in Linguistics: General Considerations and Typical Structure
  • Rhetorical Analysis
  • Principles of Summarizing, Annotating and Abstracting External Sources
  • Plagiarism Prevention in Academic Papers
  • Research Paper in Linguistics: Reaching the audience

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Winners of the Badminton Championship

Open badminton championship of Mykolaivska oblast among veterans and amateurs of sport took place on September 7-10. The instructor of the Foreign languages department Oksana Hladchenko and the instructor of the Physical Education department Antonina Siryk took the golden medal in the age category 45+ and the third place in the age category 20+. And Oksana alone took the silver medal in her age category. We wish our sportsmen further achievements.

Global International Scientific Analytical Project

The instructor of the Foreign languages department Svitlana Mikhno took part in the Global International Scientific Analytical Project provided by International Academy of Science and Higher Education. She prepared her research for the II stage of the championship in Educational sciences National Research Analytics Championship of Ukraine held from June 23 till June 29, 2017 in London (UK). Branch: Educational sciences – "Innovative processes in education’’.

English Day Summer Camp

One more initiative of the Foreign languages department is English Day Summer Camp held by Benjamin Jeoffrey Stewart at Sumy State University (June 14-21). The participants of the camp explored the following themes through a mix of short lectures, activities, and discussions:

  • Wednesday, June 14th: Opening Ceremony, International Activity Day
  • Thursday, June 15th: American Culture
  • Friday, June 16th: Volunteering / Civic Activism
  • Monday, June 19th: Leadership and Success!
  • Tuesday, June 20th: Quest / Sports Day
  • Wednesday, June 21st: Ukrainian University Life, Closing Ceremony

We thank Benjamin and other speakers of this camp for interesting speeches and discussions: students Daryna Denysenko, Andrii Kryshtop, Kateryna Halustian, Dmytro Shvachko, an instructor Alla Mykolaivna Diadechko, Peace Corps volunteers Omar Bartos, Benjamin Stewart and Jada, EVS Volunteer from Center for European Initiatives Ruben Van Der Mark, an artist Lily Kavliuk, a user interface designer Artem Oberland and others. 

Training At Tempus Project

Seniour instructor of the Foreign languages department Nina Maliovana participated in the training “Internationalisation as a Tool to Develop the Leadership Potential of a University” which was held under the project by TEMPUS “Education for Leadership, Intelligence and Talent Evolution ELITE”.  The event took part at the Institute of Higher Education of the National Academy of Educational Sciences of Ukraine (the city of Kyiv) and the following topics were covered:

  • Internationalisation of Higher Education and Leadership;
  • Complex Strategy of the Internationalization of a University; Key Principles of the Development and Self-evaluation of the Quality of its Implementation;
  • Implementation of the Programmes on Dual Joint Degrees: World Experience.

Nina Maliovana underlined that she came back with new ideas to be implemented while teaching English.


Over the course of five days in August, SSU English Teacher Ben Stewart led an English-language summer camp for 53 Ukrainian children outside of Kurhan.  The camp itself, known as Camp EXCITE, was a longstanding tradition in the Sumy region, but had been inactive since the evacuation in 2013.  Benjamin and fellow PCV Lauren Grubbs wrote a grant to finance the camp's revival, and with the help of the Camp's former director, Olga Vasilyevna Prihodko, made Camp EXCITE a reality once again.  The camp included lessons on Volunteerism, Civic Activism, and Leadership, while also mixing in specialized mini-master classes on such subjects as photography, American slang, embroidery, Diversity in the USA, Introductory Chinese, and much more.  The Camp was staffed by 8 American Peace Corps Volunteers, 2 EVS Volunteers (SVETLANA: This stands for European Volunteer Services), 11 Ukrainians, and supported by Sumy's Center for Euroinitiatives.



Cooperation with Secondary Schools

The Foreign languages department actively cooperates with the secondary schools of Sumy. It includes participation in the “Days of Science” at Sumy State University, visits to schools in the project on Intercultural Commuication and English Day Summer Camp. This activity facilitates the popularity of Sumy State University among school children and draws attention to the necessity of learning a foreign language (English). We welcome you to join our initiatives.


Team Building

On June, 7 the instructors of the Foreign languages department participated in the training dedicated to Teambuilding. The training was supported by the Trade union of Sumy State University and held by the psychologist Liudmyla Kolisnyk. The training aims at the development of the skills of cooperation, empowering the communication in a team, identifying strong and weak sides of the participants and distribution of roles, analyzing the process of decision making. The instructors of the department liked this experience, found out their roles in the team, managed to solve some tasks successfully in the process of joint work. Some of them took part in the psychological training for the first time and would like to do that again. We consider strong team to be the reason for the success of the organization.