Each year, The English-Speaking Union hosts national public speaking winners, aged 16-20, from around 50 countries to take part in the International Public Speaking Competition. In 2017, the grand final will feature the top 6-8 participants who will speak on the topic ‘Peace is not an absence of war’ and then take questions from the audience. The event will take place at the iconic Royal Institution in London (venue of the famous BBC Christmas Lectures), from 1.40pm until 5.00pm on Friday 12th May 2017.
As part of the ESU’s ongoing mission to engage as many young people with oracy as possible, UK teachers and students are able to attend the event for free. If you are interested in attending, please contact William Stileman who will be happy to reserve up to ten spaces per school, dependent on availability.
A video featuring 2016’s final can be seen here.
For ESU members and the general public, tickets can be booked here.
We will also be live-streaming the final, so even if you are not able to be there, you can allow your students to experience this truly inspiring event. This will be available on this link on Friday 12th May 2017.