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The second place at the student conference

This is the ninth time Sumy State University organizes student scientific conference “The First Step into Science”. The purpose of the event is to form students’ interest in the scientific research. This year student Viktoria Ponomarenko, group IT-62, took the second place in the category “Mathematics. Computer and Information Technologies”. She presented the results of her research on the topic «CREATE YOUR OWN 3D LIFE» in English.

The following presentations were also done in a foreign language:


Savytska I.V., student; Sumy State University, group L-73 «LAW SUPPORT TO FOREIGNERS IN UKRAINE» (Scientific advisor: Milenkova R.V.)


Shamonin K.E, student, SSU KB-71 «QUANTUM CRYPTOGRAPHY» (English language advisor: Plokhuta T.M.)


Solodova E., student; SSU, гр. PЕ-71/1у «WHY DO WE NEED TO DEVELOP OURSELVES?» (Language consultant, Darja Medvdedovska)


Burnakova V.Y., the student of Sumy State University, gr. ME-71an/1y «DECENTRALIZATION IN UKRAINE» (The supervisor: Shkodkina Y.M.)


D. Petryk, Student of Education and Research Institute for Business Technologies “UAB” of Sumy State University, FBS-61a «THE ESSENCE AND WAYS OF IMPROVEMENT OF MONETARY POLICY IN UKRAINE» (Supervisor O.I. Leshchenko)


Olkhovik D.O., student; SSU, gr. ME-71an «SOURCES OF REPAYMENT OF UKRAINE'S STATE DEBT» (Supervisor: Shkodkina Yu.M., Senior Lecturer)


Semykash V., student; SSU, ІМ-61 «ORGANIC FERTILIZER MANUFACTURING FOR GROWING OF ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY FOODS”, (Supervisor: Ostroga R.O., assistant professor)


Tretiak T., student; Sumy State University, group M-61 «INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AS A SEPARATE STRATUM OF SOCIETY» (Scientific supervisor: S. V. Mikhno, instructor)


Lisovska D.V., student; SSU, group M-71 «THE PROBLEM OF EMPLOYABILITY OR WILL I GET A JOB OF MY DREAM” (Leader: Turchyna T.V.)


Nikolaev S., student; SSU, gr. E-71 «ECONOMIC CRISIS IN UKRAINE AND SOME WAYS TO OVERCOME IT” (Language advisor: Turchyna T.V.)


Shapoval V. Y., student; SSU, Gr. ME-71an “PERSONAL FINANCE: HOW TO PAY FOR YOURSELF” (Supervisor: Shkodkina Y. M., Senior Lecturer)


Roman Kotiuk, student; SSU, M-71 «THE IMPORTANCE OF A FOREIGN LANGUAGE IN THE LABOR MARKET”, Derbeniov K. O., student; SSU, gr. IE-72a (МЕ-72а) «FREACONOMICS. BEHAVIORAL ECONOMICS. NONRATIONAL BEHAVIOR” (Scientific adviser: Nilova N. M., Associate Professor Language adviser Andreyko L.V., Associate Professor)


Krasnenko R.І, student; SumDU, group МЕ-61 «LEADERSHIP IN OUR LIFE” (Instructor: Kozachenko Yuliia Sergiivna, Ph.D.)


Vyalkova V.V., student; SSU, IE-72a «CRYPTOCURRENCY MARKET IN UKRAINE AND ITS LEGALITY. KARBOWANETS” (Language advisor: Andreyko L.V., Associate Professor)


Kate Bogomolova, student; SSU, PE-71 «WATER POLUTION IN UKRAINE» (Language consultant Daria Medvedovska)


Skrynnik S.V, student; SSU, group PE-71 «THE IMORTANCE OF E-COMMERCE” (Language consultant: Darja Medvedovska), Kocherhin S.S., student of Sumy State University, group ЕC-61А «NANOTECHNOLOGIES IN THE ECONOMY OF UKRAIN” (Supervisor: Khodtseva A.O., associate professor)


Hryhorenko Y.I , student; SSU, gr. E-71 «CORRUPTION IN MEDICINE IN UKRAINE. SOME WAYS TO OVERCOME” (Language advisor: Turchyna T. V.


Malonkina I.S., student; Sumy State University, group PA-71 “METHOD OF PSYCHOLOGICAL INFLUENCE ON EMPLOYEES” (Supervisor Iu.O. Myroshnychenko, PhD in Economics, Associate Professor at the Department of Management)


Motuzna A.V., student of Sumy State University, Group Ju-71 «WHY STUDENTS OF LAW NEED ENGLISH» (Language advisor: Liashenko I.V., Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages Department Education & Research Institute for Business Technologies “UAB”)


Karina Khachataryan, student; Sumy State University, gr. JT-61 «STYLISTICS OF THE PRINTED MEDIA LANGUAGE (BASED ON THE MATERIALS OF THE NEWSPAPER “DАУ”) (Scientific Advisor: Ph. D. Nina Maliovana)


Daria Ivanova, student; Sumy State University, gr. PR-71 «TRANSLATION FEATURES OF THE ENGLISH FILM TITLES INTO UKRAINIAN» (Academic supervisor: Yemelyanova O. V., Associate Professor, Ph.D. in Philological Sciences)


Dorohokuplya A.O., student; Sumy State University, gr. PR-71 «LACUNAS TRANSLATION FROM ENGLISH INTO UKRAINIAN” (Academic supervisor: Yemelyanova O. V., Associate Professor, Ph.D. in Philological Sciences)


Rava V. M., student; SumDU, gr. PR-62 «LANGUAGE MANIPULATION IN ADVERTISING” (Teacher: Prokopenko A. V., senior lecturer)


Aliona Kovalenko, student, Sumy State University, group PR–61/1 «POWER OF LANGUAGE MEANS IN THE TEXTS OF HOROSCOPES» (Academic supervisor: Olena Popova, Ph. D. in Philological Sciences, Associate Professor)


Guest Tinofara Mpofu, student; SSU, gr. MTS.m-740an «ZIMBABWE: A CASE OF MORE THAN JUST SIXTEEN OFFICIAL LANGUAGES» (Scientific supervisor: Dyadchenko А.V., superior teacher)


I.O.Kravchenko, Sumy State University, SR-71 group «HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS ONE OF THE MODERN PROBLEMS OF MANKIND» (EL Adviser O.R.Gladchenko)

The English for Universities Project from the British Council in Ukraine

The teachers of the Foreign languages department Inna Zaitseva, Nina Maliovana, Svitlana Mikhno participated in the winter teacher training school that was held within The English for Universities project which aim is to improve the levels of English in Ukraine’s universities among both university teaching staff and students at which they can fully participate on the international stage. The project objective is to help Ukraine create its own sustainable EL teaching capacity to take students to B2 or C1 CEFR levels; introduce standards based on the recommendations of consultancies assessing what is needed to reach goals of fluency in English amongst more staff and students.

The teachers of the department successfully completed the course «CiVELT (Certificate in Vocational English Language Teaching): Essentials», 35 hours in total. The modules of the course included:

ü  What is ESP?

ü  Understanding Needs

ü  Motivation

ü  Positive Classroom Interaction

ü  Developing Authentic Tasks

ü  Exploiting Vocational Contexts as Resource

ü  Adapting the Given Coursebook

ü  Identifying and Selecting Lesson Aims

ü  Components of the Lesson

ü  Lesson Planning

The experience of the teacher training school is going to be shared at the department to make lessons more efficient and facilitate teaching and studying the English language.

Student Conference in English

The foreign languages department of Sumy State University hosted the XII National Scientific and Practical Conference of Students, Postgraduate Students and Teachers «To Make the World Smarter and Safer».

The event was initiated by the Language Centre and student scientific club of the department. The leader of the conference was a first year student Maksym Shkurman.

The conference involved undergraduate, graduate and post graduate students into the discussions using Academic English, helped to master their presentation skills, and express opinions in a foreign language. The speakers delivered the results of the researches in Medicine, Social and Cultural Technologies, Engineering, Electronics. Each presenter was awarded with a certificate.

«Kyiv Badminton 2018»

Seniour teacher of the Foreign languages department Oksana Hladchenko and seniour teacher of the Physical education department Antonina Siryk participated in the international badminton tournament «Kyiv Badminton 2018» and took several medals.

In pair category WD 50+ Oksana Hladchenko and Antonina Siryk became absolute winners. In mixed categories XDC and XD 50+ Oksana Hladchenko took the bronze.

More than 200 sportsmen from Ukraine, India, Moldova and Russia took part in this tournament.

Congratulations to our teachers on their successful performance!

Business English for the employees of PJSC "Sumy NPO"

One more group of employees at PJSC "Sumy NPO", one of the leading European engineering complexes in manufacturing equipment for oil, gas, atomic and fine-chemical processing industry, has passed the course on Business English and improved the skills of speaking a foreign language. Managers from the sales department enriched their vocabulary in Business English and practiced speaking English on Business themes.

The course is organised and supported by the Linguistic Center of the Foreign Languages Department of Sumy State University. The lecturer of the course is Alla Diadechko.

The learners are looking forward to the next course in the next year.



Teachers Camp Excite

The Foreign languages department hosted teacher training sessions for school and university teachers of Sumy and Sumska oblast. The lectures and trainers were native speakers, Peace Corps volunteers who work at schools, universities and community development projects of Sumska oblast. Directors of the Teacher Camp Excite were Benjamin Stewart and Lauren Grubbs. Lecturers and trainers – Glenn Anderson, Laurens Kahn, Aaron Kennet, Jaclyn White, Katherine Menzies. The topics covered included motivation, communicative methodology, working with different skill levels, classroom management techniques, academic integrity etc. Such events are crucial in case of artificial foreign language environment. Ongoing updating of new approaches to learning foreign languages, adjustment to modern life is under serious consideration for nowadays education.

Young Women In Tech

The training Young WIT (Young Women in Tech) was held at the department of Foreign languages. Its purpose was to develop leadership qualities of young women and get them involved into the world of technology. The project was implemented thanks to the grant got from The Peace Corps by the Foreign languages department. The training Young WIT is a part of a larger project “Let Girls Learn”.

The moderator of the training is Benjamin Geoffrey Stewart who has been teaching English at the Foreign languages department for a year. The coordinator is the head of the Foreign languages department of Sumy State University, Associate Professor Halyna Lytvynenko.

The participants were high school girls form different secondary schools of Sumy. The girls discussed the issues on the roles of men and women in the society and the family, advantages and disadvantages of being a female politician, presented their own points of view on the future of women in our country, found out the difference between gender and sex. Besides that, they got some knowledge on the foundations of Web Design, learnt how to create and edit videos and produced their own ones that reveal different sides of women’s’ lives, tried to compile their own mobile applications. The technical support for creating IT products was provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Lauren Grubbs, a volunteer from the Peace Corps, helped to make use of this software. The participants of the training got an opportunity to communicate with Brennan Cornell via Skype who works as a technical consultant at Deloy LLC (USA).

The languages of the project were English and Ukrainian and all the girls were fluent in them.


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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