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Notice of AGM

Notice is hereby given that the 96th Annual General Meeting of the English-Speaking Union of the Commonwealth will be held at Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street, London W1J 5ED on Tuesday 15th December 2015 at 4.15pm.

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International Public Speaking Competition

International Public Speaking Particpants 2011

Download the IPSC Handbook 2012 here.

The ESU International Public Speaking Competition has now entered its 31st year. When the IPSC started, it was an international tournament between England and Australia only. Today, the competition reaches over 40,000 young people in around 50 countries across the globe. Recent winners of the competition have included Mauritius, The Philippines, Yemen, Lebanon and South Korea.

The purpose of the IPSC is to bring together the best speakers from all over the world for a week of international cultural exchange. It showcases the very highest standard of public speaking from around the world, while giving delegates an opportunity to meet and engage with other young people of different backgrounds and cultures.


IPSC 2012 will run from Monday 14 – Friday 18 May 2012. The programme for the week has not been finalised, but we hope to include debating and public speaking workshops delivered by world class coaches and mentors, a number of educational and cultural trips and excursions in London, as well as the heats, semi-finals and grand final of the competition.


In keeping with the format of last year’s competition, are releasing two themes: the national theme, which may be used by public speaking coordinators for their national competition finals, and the international theme, which will be used at the final of the international competition next May. This year’s national theme is The Wisdom of Youth and the international theme is The Head or the Heart?

Handbook and Programme

The 2012 handbook is now available to view online and download. The handbook contains the dates and themes for IPSC 2012, the rules of the competition, an explanation of the competition structure and comprehensive guidelines and tips for speakers and adjudicators.