ESU Blog

When the obvious is invisible

Leela Koenig - Head of Oracy16 Jan 2018

Oracy - speaking and listening - is so much a part of everyday life we can often forget it's an acquired skill like any other

Ask a fish how they’re feeling about the water they swim in and you’d be met with a baffled ‘blub?’ The water is so much part of their world, that they might well struggle to

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‘Speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have’

Natasha Mc Gowan - Communications Officer10 Jan 2017

Oprah Winfrey’s speech echoes our call to encourage more people to use and recognise the power of their voice

On Sunday night, at the 2018 Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey became the first black woman to receive the Cecil B. de Mille Award for ‘outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment’. Arguably however, her award

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‘Tis the season to start debating

Amanda Moorghen - Christmas Motions Elf08 Dec 2017

Bring the sparkle of Christmas into your classroom with our festive debating pack!

Have you been wondering about a ‘1-gift’ policy? Had enough of ‘experts’ deciding who’s naughty or nice? In the run-up to Christmas, the English-Speaking Union has put together a festive-themed debating motions pack, for use

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Where could the ESU take you?

Vivien Cumming - Scientist, photographer and writer01 Dec 2017

We catch up with scientist and photographer, Vivien Cumming, whose ESU research scholarship took her to the edges of the world and the beginnings of evolution

Vivien Cumming is a scientist, photographer and writer who travels the world in the pursuit of new adventures and discoveries. She has journeyed to some of the world’s most inhospitable places (as her beautiful photographs

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The importance of active listening

Becki Howarth - British Debate Team, 201724 Nov 2017

Becki, from our British Debate Team reflects on the differences between hearing and listening, as she recounts her experience of an eight-week tour of America

Since 1922, The English-Speaking Union has sent British mentors on an annual tour of the USA organised by the National Communication Association, with the objective of deepening cultural links and understanding between the two

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