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Become part of a 5,000+ community which believes that speaking and listening skills are central to personal fulfilment and cultural understanding

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One-off or regular donations are vital to our work, helping us ensure that young people everywhere have the oracy skills they need to thrive

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We’re hugely grateful to those who volunteer their time in helping to organise and run ESU programmes and competitions. Find out how you could help

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‘We rely on the generous support of our members, donors and volunteers to ensure we can reach those children who need our help most’

The English-Speaking Union is a charity working to give young people the speaking and listening skills and the cross-cultural understanding they need to thrive

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Sign up now for our Competition Network meetings

Whether your school is new to ESU competitions, or well-established, the ESU’s new online Competition Network meetings are designed to help you and your students get the most out of our events, connecting you with our experts and other schools to share ideas, gain valuable advice and learn more about how the ESU can support you. Find out more and sign up on the links below:

Schools’ Mace Competition Network meeting on Thursday, 4 November at 4pm

ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition Network Meeting on Wednesday, 10 November at 4pm

Performing Shakespeare Network Meeting on Thursday, 13 January at 4pm

‘Young people today are exposed to a tide of incivility – they need to be equipped with the skills to cope with it’

MILES YOUNG, ESU CHAIR

For teachers

We offer rigorous speech and debate programmes, competitions and resources to boost oracy provision in your school, as well as workshops and scholarships to aid your professional development.

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For members

Our network of branches across England and Wales provides opportunities to meet like-minded people, to socialise and to gain new perspectives on the world. Membership helps fund our vital educational work and many members also fundraise or volunteer their time.

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Internationally

There are over 50 international English-Speaking Unions around the world, spanning the globe from Albania to Yemen. All work to promote proficiency in spoken English as a means of cultural exchange and understanding.

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We regret that, due to the pandemic, Dartmouth House is closed to members. Find out more here.

10,000+

...the number of young people reached through our UK-based programmes in 2018/19

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