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Contests - The ESU International Public Speaking Competition

The English-Speaking Union (ESU) is an international charity founded in 1918 to promote "international understanding and friendship through the use of the English language." ESU has been holding an International Public Speaking competition since 1981. It began with just three participants. In recent years, it has become an international event. The ESU has a network of ESUs world wide in over 50 countries. The winners in each country advance to the finals which are held in London in May each year. In 2008, it had 58 students from 33 different countries, each of whom had already achieved success in their own national competitions.

A specific theme is chosen each year for the competition. For example, in 2007 the theme was “Dynamic Earth” and “New Horizons, New Frontiers” in 2008.

The event lasts one week in London. The winner of the competition will get a trophy as well as a certificate from HRH Prince Philip.

Eligibility: Students aged between 16 and 20 in full-time education
Maximum 2 speakers per country
First Prize
Runner Up
Best Non-Native English Speaker
Audience’s Choice Award

For more details about this competition, please visit:

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