Svitlana Mikhno took part in an online event for teachers focusing on ‘Empowering teachers in the brave new digital world of English Language Teaching (ELT)’ from LanguageCert.
LanguageCert is committed to developing and delivering high-quality, internationally recognised language exams that enhance the career, education and life prospects of individuals worldwide. As the demand for English language knowledge continues to grow across the globe, the need for certified English teachers is also rapidly increasing.This is also a crucial issue nowadays at Sumy State University as its Higher Education Quality Board urges English teachers to obtain TESOL (Teaching English for Speakers of other Languages) or TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificates.
This event was an excellent opportunity to gain insights from ELT experts into current issues concerning online teaching and learning. Keynote speakers, Nicky Hockly & John Hughes, took to the global stage during this event being held on 3 November. Svitlana learnt about LanguageCert’s online English exams and found out more information on how live, online proctored delivery technology can assist teachers and their learners.


Register for IELTS Preparation Course

The Linguistic Educational and Methodical Centre of Sumy State University offers IELTS preparation courses. Our Centre is a Proud Member of the British Council IELTS Partnership Programme and an official IELTS Registration Centre for the British Council

That is why in our Centre you can:

  • take IELTS preparation courses
  • officially register for the IELTS exam
  • take the IELTS exam at SSU


IELTS preparation courses will help you reach the score you need by familiarizing yourself with the format and content of the IELTS test.

On our IELTS preparation courses, you will be able to:

  • get ready for the IELTS exam in just 8 weeks 
  • practice the skills and strategies needed to pass the IELTS exam through doing authentic exam-style tasks
  • learn to use different lexical and grammatical techniques to improve your results in Writing part 1 (describing graphs, diagrams, and tables; writing letters)
  • practice planning and note-taking skills to get the maximum score in Writing part 2 (writing an academic essay)
  • improve reading and listening skills
  • work out the strategies and skills needed to take the Speaking part and get personalized feedback on your speaking skills
  • get helpful advice and regular feedback from our expert trainers on your progress in exam preparation


We offer:

32-hour IELTS preparation course (16 classes): IELTS Academic / IELTS General Training.

Enrollment for the courses is ongoing throughout the year.

Before you start the course, you will undergo a preliminary placement test to determine your language proficiency (the minimum level for enrolling in the course and taking the exam is English proficiency at the B1 level). If the language proficiency level is B1 or higher, you can be admitted to the IELTS preparation course. If the level is lower than B1 (for example, A1 or A2), you will first be asked to take a general language course. Only after reaching a certain language level (B1 and above), one can be admitted to the IELTS preparation course.

Course Dates

  • February 1, 2022 - March 27, 2022
  • April 4, 2022 - May 29, 2022

The duration of the course is 8 weeks. The duration of each class is 2 academic hours (80 minutes), twice a week.

At the end of the course, all participants take a trial IELTS test to determine their preparation level for the actual IELTS exam, after which they will be recommended to take a real test.



The cost of the IELTS preparation course is 4 500 UAH.

Please note that course fees do not include the IELTS test fee.


Where to find us

Linguistic Educational and Methodical Centre      
Sumy State University
(Main Building, Floor 12, Room 1211)
2 Rymskoho-Korsakova St
Sumy, 40007
Tel: +38 099 419 28 95
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Olga Kvasova and Tamara Kavytska, the Erasmus and ILTA grant pursuers and winners, and the leading echelon of UALTA, visited Sumy State University and granted two workshops full of absolutely fantastic in its professional content and value and filled to the brim with invaluable insights into concealed issues of writing in teaching English.
The workshop opened with Olga Kvasova’s presentation, which captured everyone’s attention with Promoting Accurate Assessment of Writing session, revealing the construct and specification ideas, comparing holistic and analytic rating scales, and engaging the listeners with the strategies on assessing the different types of texts and the strikingly descriptive steps in adopting or adapting or creating your own analytic scale.
Then the event unfolded with Tamara Kavytska’s presentation on reading into writing, which eventually revealed the deeper strands to explore this idea turning into Source-based/Integrated writing as a simultaneous process of constructing writing texts, having drowned the audience into this kind of new for most of ESP practitioners activity of transferring several and different-types texts into creative writing with witty interweaving the ideas, paraphrasing and spiraling the input into thought-through result in writing. The listeners were astonished by the types of tasks from the leading world universities and gratefully accepted the sustained formula from Tamara for teaching the students these arduous tasks.
Having said that, the atmosphere was stirring and upbeat, infectiously energetic and arousing. And what’s more, there should be mentioned that we all were fortunate to gather together in person, having a lavishly impressive coffee break and sunk into lively and long-awaited live communication just before imposing strong quarantine restrictions of the red zone.

On October 21, 2021 Associate Professor of foreign languages department Kozlovska Anna took part in the International scientific and practical conference “Linguocognitive and sociocultural aspects of communication” organized by National University of Ostroh Academy and gave the presentation on the topic “The Place of the Category of Informativeness in the System of Text Categories” at the plenary meeting. Among the participants of the plenary session there were researchers from the Institute of Slavic Studies (Polish Academy of Sciences), Jagiellonian University (Poland) and different Ukrainian universities.

The Department of Foreign Languages of Sumy State University in collaboration with Professor Dr. Gholam-Reza Abbasian, an Associate Professor of the Department of Foreign Languages at Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran, within the framework of mutual partnership invites to a free in-service course for foreign language teachers, linguists, PhD students and researchers.

Dr. Gholam-Reza Abbasian, is a member of the Teaching English Language & Literature Society of Iran (TELLSI) Board of Directors, a presenter at international conferences, an author and a translator of about 15 books. He is an expert in language Testing and Assessment, Research Methods, SLA, and Psycholinguistics, and has supervised about 100 theses and dissertations. He is the internal manager of JOMM, and reviewer of Sage, FLA & GJER and other journals.

This online course aims to improve the professional skills of foreign language teachers by deepening and expanding professional knowledge, skills and abilities.

Technology - Google Meets, language - English, time 18.00 (GMT +3.00)

The course consists of 5 webinars and an individual task.


Course topics

Doing Education Research: Preliminaries - 10th November, 2021

Test Craft - 17th November , 2021

Assessment-based Education - 19th November, 2021

Psycholinguistics & SLA - 24st November, 2021

21st Century Teacher Education - 1st December , 2021

Each webinar lasts 2 academic hours.

The certificate of completion for 30 hours (1 ESCE) will be issued to those participants who have attended all webinars and completed the individual task. A digital version of the certificate will be emailed to participants.

Expected learning outcomes

At the end of the course participants will be able to:

1) Explain the basic professional concepts in the field of research, professional training, assessment and psycholinguistics
2) Apply the acquired skills in the creating language tests, assessment and implementation of scientific language research in their practice
3) To operate with theoretical concepts from the course in their professional and research activity
4) Build language tests on the proposed model and create a structure of their own educational research


Use the link to register




Foreign Languages Department

of Sumy State University


welcomes teachers, PhD and Master students
willing to enhance their language assessment literacy
to participate in the two-day workshop


“Developing foreign language instructors’ and future foreign language teachers’ competency in language assessment”


The workshop will be hosted

on October 21-22, 2021

at the Congress center of Sumy State University, Room 102/2


The Workshop is organized in collaboration
with Taras Shevchenko National Iniversity of Kyiv
and the All-Ukrainian Association for Language Testing and Assessment (UALTA)
within the framework of the project

For any questions please feel free to contact

Dr. Lyudmyla Hnapovska

Tel.: +380503073149

e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Iryna Lyashenko, Associate Professor of the Department of Foreign Languages, applied for and has been granted funding for a project to create online professional courses from the US Embassy. The application was submitted through the NGO TESOL-Ukraine and will be implemented with the involvement of partner universities of Ukraine, including Sumy State University.
The aim of the project is to assist Ukrainian university teachers in creating and teaching online ESP courses that would provide a smooth and flexible transition between distance, blended and contact learning.
The course, which will take place in July 2022 in Odessa, provides a 5-day training for 50 teachers of Ukrainian universities, assistance in developing and publishing online professional courses, conducting a needs analysis for the professional courses and further implementation of results in professional and academic practice.
The list of course presenters includes American experts and Ukrainian graduates of English language OPEN programs alumni, including Iryna Liashenko.

A good teacher is like a candle burning, it consumes itself to light the way for others.
Happy Teachers Day to all the amazing teachers of the world!

The Department of Foreign Languages in collaboration with the Department of German Philology held an interdepartmental scientific seminar "Scientific Texts in English: Modern Trends". The speaker was Tatsenko Nataliia, PHD in Philology, Head of the Department of Foreign Languages of Sumy State University. Nataliia Tatsenko highlighted the modern trends and challenges in writing of scientific articles.
The title of an article is a great challenge for young authors and experienced scientists. According to T. Clifford Allbutt, “first impressions are strong impressions; a title ought therefore to be well studied, and to give, as far as its limits permit, a definite and concise indication of what is to come”.
The participants of the seminar learned how to draw the attention of potential readers to scientific researches and give the first idea of the information in the publication with the help of the title.

Rimma Milenkova, associate professor of Foreign Languages Department and cultural programs’ curator, on June, 16 opened an art exhibition at the NATO Information and Documentation Center in Ukraine. Sumy State University is already cooperating with NATO in the research sphere through the implementation of the project "Institutional Support for the Center for Regional Security Research in Conducting Regional Security Studies and Assessing the Level of NATO Support.
The art exhibition was a continuation of the interaction on a cultural and educational level. The exhibition, which was the first public event since the pandemic restrictions, was opened by Center director Vineta Kleine and was attended by Deputy Defense Minister I.O. Starobinsky, representatives of military structures, and the Institute for Constructive Journalism and New Media.
The NATO Information Center in Ukraine is an organization that carries out its mission not only through politics and military issues but also through science, culture, art and education. The opening of the exhibition was a confirmation of the broad prospects of interaction with Sumy State University at all levels.

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