Answering the challenges posed by the current situation, teachers of the Foreign Languages Department keep on learning and mastering their professional competences. On January 19-22, 2021 they took part in four webinars devoted to “Distance technologies in teaching foreign languages”. The webinars were held by Mulina N.I., Ph.D. in Methods of Teaching, Associate Professor, as a short-term training course on the basis of the HR Development Center of Sumy State University.

The teachers learnt about didactic potential of computer and IT platforms Lectur.ED and MIX SumDU for blended learning; got to know how to create different types of tests and use them for teaching; trained to use ZOOM for a synchronous online class.


On January 13, 2021, a meeting of teachers of the Department of Foreign Languages of Sumy State University took place. The head of the Department, associate professor Natalia Tatsenko reported on the results of last year's work of teachers, their achievements and accomplishments. The results of the work were analyzed; the prospects and priorities of the scientific and pedagogical staff of the Department for 2021 were outlined.
Due to the lockdown restrictions the meeting was held online.




Dear friends!
Warmest wishes for a Happy New Year and a wonderful Christmas! After having a tough year, let us welcome a year that will unfold some good and happy times for us.
May the Holidays bring happiness, joy, warmth and well-being into your life. Stay healthy and safe in 2021. Treasure the present and create a beautiful tomorrow! May peace, love, and prosperity follow you in 2021.
Wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! May all your wishes come true!

  On December 12, 2020, a charity badminton tournament was held in Sumy. All funds from the competition will go to the treatment of the sick 17-year-old girl from Sumy.
A female couple consisting of senior teacher of the Foreign Languages Department Oksana Hladchenko and senior teacher of the Physical Education Department Antonina Siryk beat 5 men's duos and took the first place in the tournament in category C.

  We are sincerely grateful to all the participants of the tournament!

The American technology company Coursera, which works in the field of online education, provides opportunities for teachers of higher education institutions to improve their professional and pedagogical skills.
Senior Lecturer of the Foreign Languages Department Tetiana Plokhuta successfully completed online courses through COURSERA authorized by the world’s top universities: courses authorized by McMaster University “Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects” (15 hours) and “Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential” (10 hours); “The Science of Success: What Researchers Know that You Should Know” authorized by University of Michigan (12 hours); “Converting Challenges into Opportunities” authorized by University of California San Diego (12 hours); “Successful Career Development” authorized by University System of Georgia (21 hours); “Exploring Emerging Technologies for Lifelong Learning and Success” authorized by the State University of New York (6 hours); “The Science of Well-Being” authorized by Yale University (19 hours); “Creative Thinking: Techniques and Tools for Success University” authorized by Imperial College London (24 hours).
Tetiana Plokhuta received certificates.
So, you can always learn, you just need to learn a lot every day!

On November 9, 2020 a mini-tournament in badminton between the national teams of India and Ukraine was held in the gym of Sumy State University. A senior teacher of the Foreign languages department Oksana Hladchenko took part in this competition. The sportsmen from India won with the score 80:78.
Congratulations to the winners!

The Department of Foreign Languages in collaboration with the Department of German Philology held an interdepartmental scientific seminar "Modern Vectors of Linguistic Research: Cognitive Linguosynergetics". The speaker was Tatsenko Nataliia, PHD in Philology, Head of the Department of Foreign Languages of Sumy State University. Nataliia Tatsenko highlighted the achievements, prospects and challenges of modern linguistics, in particular, in the paradigm of cognitive linguistic synergetics.

The participants of the seminar explored the preconditions for the emergence of this new direction of linguistics, touched upon the history of synergetics, linguosynergetics and cognitive linguistics. The speaker involved the audience in a comprehensive analysis of the concept of EMPATHY, verbalized in modern English discourse. Among the issues discussed were also the issues of compiling explanatory dictionaries, the authors of which must respond to changes in society and update the content of lexicographical publications.

Presentation of the seminar

On September 10-13, 2020 in Koblevo an Open Championship of Mykolaiv region in badminton took place. Masters of badminton rackets from all over Ukraine and guests from India and Moldova took part in this tournament. About 190 sportsmen met at the courts during the competition.
The representatives of SSU, senior teacher of the Foreign languages department Oksana Hladchenko and senior teacher of the Physical education department Antonina Siryk won in pair category 55+.
Oksana Hladchenko became a winner in mixed category 55+ and took the gold.

The new academic year began with improvement of methodical skills of our foreign language teachers. The Head of the department Nataliia Tatsenko and teachers Nataliia Usenko, Svitlana Zolotova, Nataliia Mulina, Tetiana Aleksakhina, Svitlana Podolkova, Iryna Bashlak, Alla Diadechko took part in online training “Typical mistakes of Ukrainian Higher Education learners and how teachers can deal with them” conducted by the International Methodical Center Dinternal Education as a part of the season of exclusive online trainings “New teaching horizons: shaping the future of learning” for teachers of higher educational institutions. Speaker of online training Graham Jones is a famous linguist of the Great Britain. All participants received certificates.
Victoriia Kurochkina became the participant of online conference and online webinar “Best ways to engage young learners” conducted by Macmillan Education.
We wish our teachers further professional development and creative inspiration!

Sumy State University entered the TOP-3 of the academic ranking of higher education institutions of Ukraine "TOP-200 Ukraine-2020", following only the National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute” and Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Last year SumDU took the sixth place in the general ranking of HEIs and the third among classical universities following Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and the V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University.

The ranking was presented by the Center for International Projects "Euroeducation" in partnership with the international group of experts IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence.

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