On January, 12th the Head of the Department of Germanic Philology, Professor Iryna Kobyakova in the presence of the Dean of the Faculty FPSC, Associate Professor Olena Sushkova, lecturers and the staff of the department made an annual report on the work of the Department of Germanic Philology in the year 2020.
In her report Iryna Karpivna emphasized the achievements and successes of the Department, highly estimated students’ and lecturers’ work in the research field and in the area of promoting the Department in the world, noted that our students and graduates are demanded among Ukrainian and foreign employers, admitted some drawbacks in the working results, mentioned plans and outlooks for the year 2021.


First-year students of specialty Philology Kateryna Knyha, Anastasіia Liubych, Anastasіia Sierysheva, and Anna Shcherbak took online courses on the FutureLearn platform, which were offered by senior lecturer of the Department of Germanic  Philology  Iryna Ushchapovska within the discipline the Theory of Language Communication Fundamentals.
Future experts share their impressions:
- The course "An Introduction to Sociolinguistics: Accents, Attitudes, and Identity" is actually very interesting and I did not regret that I chose this one. I liked that the articles and new information are supported by a variety of videos and most importantly real-life examples. I was also impressed with the results of the research provided in this course. Most people do have a preconceived notion of different accents and dialects, namely that some are even considered abnormal and unacceptable. I think this is a real problem, as it affects a person's daily life, - shares Anastasiia Sierysheva.
- Personally, I really liked the course "An Introduction to Sociolinguistics: Accents, Attitudes, and Identity". I am very glad to have learned so much about sociolinguistics. It was interesting to read research on the impact of a person's emphasis on him or her and the current issues that people face based on this. I do not regret a single minute spent on this course. Thank you for such a wonderful recommendation! - says Anastasiia Liubych.

- I'm very thankful that I had an opportunity to take part in the "Introduction to Intercultural Studies: Language and Culture" course. I learned a lot of new information relevant to intercultural communication. It was a good way to know something new about the principles of effective communication, - says Anna Shcherbak, still remaining on the wave of the English language.

- I chose the course for a long time because they were all interesting, but then, after thinking about everything, they seemed too easy. Therefore, "An Introduction to Sociolinguistics: Accents, Attitudes, and Identity" became the best option. I was particularly interested in researching the interaction between accent changes and identity. One example of this connection between language and identity is how people perceive their accents. Attention was paid to the letter "r" and how it is pronounced by the British and Scots. Audio materials and videos have become integral aids and, in an accessible way, helped to better understand the material. So, the course from FutureLearn made only a positive impression on me and interested me in sociolinguistics, so in the future I plan to deepen the study of this topic, - thanks Kateryna Knyha.

The Department of Germanic Philology continues to implement distance learning actively. We are glad to answer the questions of students, applicants, and their parents concerning the completion of the session and results of the year, requirements of admission to the specialty "Philology", opportunities and advantages for students of the SumDU.  
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Last year Yuliia Lazutkina, the graduate of the specialty "Philology" of the SumDU, received an offer from the publishing office "Sunflower" to publish one of the works in the textbook for grades 5-7 Modern literature of motherland with which the author gladly agreed.
And so she is holding a beautiful book recommended by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine for use in the educational process.
Yuliia began writing poems at school. Furthermore, studying in the specialty "Philology" contributed to the development of literary skills.
"Back at school, it is interesting that Yuliia shares, one of my classmates said seeing my pieces, "Don't write such long poems, one day you will be famous, your works will be learned at schools and children will remember you with a softy spoken, the kindly word". The first part of these words has already come true, but I hope the second one will not be fulfilled", Yuliia laughs.

                                                      Mariia Hrinchenko, student of the group PR-72/2



The post-graduate student of the Department of Germanic Philology of SumDU Viktoriia Zakusylo took part in the hands-on training online course on digital storytelling "Far Away So Close". The project was implemented within the framework of the program "MEET UP! German-Ukrainian youth encounters" supported by the foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future" (EVZ).
 The main method which was used in the project is a digital story (storytelling). It is based on the assumption that everyone has something to tell and that all the stories matter. The digital story helps people to use simple digital tools to create short videos that reflect their own point of view on important topics. The main purpose of the project was to study the home concept and how the idea of this concept is changing in new realities.
"Reflection, memories, and thoughts on one of the important stages in my life which resulted in working on my own script and creating a short video.  The outcome exceeded all my expectations but it turned out to be too intimate and personal to dare to spread it on social networks. I am thankful to the organizers who invited me to take part, to the mentor who was there and always answered all the questions and helped with generating the idea.  Cool project, cool people, cool thoughts and ideas!" Victoria Zakusylo shares her impressions.

Anna Zinchenko, Assistant of the Department of Germanic Philology

The purpose of the competition "Pedagogical innovations of SumDU - 2020" is to stimulate pedagogical and research-pedagogical staff of the university to create new and spread modern forms and methods of teaching to ensure a high level of quality of education, implementation of best practices in the organization of educational activities at all levels of education.
In total, 41 projects from both author groups and individuals were submitted for consideration by the competition commission in 2020. The total number of participants was 83 people.
The third place was taken by the representatives of the Department of Germanic Philology Iryna Ushchapovska, Galyna Chulanova and Diana Movchan with their project "Using the method of design thinking in teaching the practice of the English language".
We sincerely congratulate the lecturers on new victories and wish further professional development and personal growth.

 Alla Krasulia, Senior Lecturer of the Department of Germanic Philology, was elected a member of the UERA council for the period from January 1, 2021, till December 31, 2022.
The results of the voting were approved at the general conference of the members of the Ukrainian Educational Research Association (UERA), which took place on December 28.
For details follow.
Note: Krasulia Alla Viktorivna, Ph.D. in Pedagogy, Senior Lecturer of the Department of Germanic Philology, Vice Dean for International Relations of the Faculty of Foreign Philology and Social Communications, Vice Head of International Academic Cooperation Group of Sumy State University (SumDU).
Since 2015, a full member of UERA.  Actively participates in the events organized by the UERA, in particular the annual conferences.
In 2016 received a grant to participate in the 1st Summer School by the UERA "Educational research: communication, grant writing, methodology, and the results publishing ", 17-20.08.2016 at the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv.
In 2019 received a grant to participate in the II Winter School be the UERA "European indicators of educational research quality" 23-28.01.2019 at the Pavlo Tychyna State Pedagogical University of Uman.
We sincerely congratulate Alla Viktorivna on one more professional achievement and wish her further success!

 Alla Velykodna, a student majoring in Philology at the Faculty FPSC of SumDU, received an academic scholarship from the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine for the first semester of the 2020/2021 academic year.
- I was impressed. I knew that my candidacy was submitted for consideration, but I understood that there are many applicants who have better achievements. I am proud that my efforts were not in vain.
In general, Alla is the ideal choice of the Cabinet. Persistent, active, and sociable; graduated with a gold medal; she chose her future profession in the 9th grade when she became interested in deep language learning. She approached studying at the university with great interest and responsibility, she especially liked the profile disciplines. In her sophomore year, she began working as a copywriter, then as an editor in an online publication, and now manages journalism and English language classes at the Center for Aesthetic Education.
Alla finds inspiration and energy in her work: in her free time she draws, reads, especially in English, writes poems. By the way, last year she won a prize in the nomination "Artistic translations from English" at the "Alter Ego" competition.
We wish Alla Velykodna further professional success and creative achievements!
Read more at the website of the Faculty FPSC

From December 17th to 24th at the Department of Germanic Philology took place the defenses of Master's research works of specialty 035 "Philology" for the specialization "German languages and literature (translation included), the first is English" intramural and extramural learning.

Lecturers of #department_GPh_SumDU Olha Zhulavska and Antonina Prokopenko showed their professionalism while effectively training high school students for participation in the All-Ukrainian competition-defense of research works. As a result, young scientists took first place in the second stage of the competition. Lecturers were awarded the diplomas for their prolific work from the Department of Education and Science of Sumy Regional State Administration.

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