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June 2019

ESU Performing Shakespeare Grand Final 2019

Friday, 21st June 2019, 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Description Join us on Friday, 21st June 2019 to see young people aged 11-14 from across England and Wales give a performance of their chosen speech from one of Shakespeare's plays. The Performing Shakespeare Competition is designed to allow Key Stage 3 pupils the opportunity to experience Shakespeare's plays as they were intended – on the stage. Using theatre and performance skills to engage with the texts, our performers bring to life some of the world's most famous speeches in…

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January 2020

ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition, Bristol Final

Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Redmaids’ High School, Westbury Road
Bristol, BS9 3AW United Kingdom
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ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition, Bristol Final

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December 2020

ONLINE EVENT: WHY DO WE DEBATE?

Wednesday, 2nd December 2020, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Join us to explore the purpose of debate in civil society. The discussion, chaired by Prof. James Raven, Chair of the ESU, will be led by our panel: Dr Katie East, Lecturer in the History of Radical Ideas at Newcastle University; Bilal Mahmood, ESU Governor, senior legal consultant for China Construction Bank, and internationally acknowledged mentor to generations of young debaters; and Christopher L. Peterson, the Democratic candidate for the Governorship of Utah and John J. Flynn Endowed Professor of…

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December 2021

Notice of the 102nd Annual General Meeting of the English-Speaking Union

Monday, 6th December 2021, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Notice is hereby given that the 102nd Annual General Meeting of the English-Speaking Union of the Commonwealth will be held on Monday 6 December 2021 at 5pm at Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street, London W1J 5ED.  Mr David Shaw, Deputy Co-Chair of the Board of Governors, will preside. AGENDA  Chair's Report Auditor's Report and Laying of the Accounts before the Members for the period ended 31 March 2021 To authorise the Board to fix the Auditors’ appointment and remuneration for…

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February 2022

Ouse Valley Branch: ‘Why oracy skills are vital to children’s development’ with Professor Neil Mercer

Wednesday, 9th February, 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
The Sharnbrook Hotel, Bedford, Park Lane, Sharnbrook
Bedford, MK44 1LX United Kingdom
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'Why oracy skills are vital to children's development' Professor Neil Mercer  (University of Cambridge, and Director, Oracy Cambridge) in conversation with Barbara Firth, governor, the English-Speaking Union. Research has shown that children’s spoken language experience is very important for the development of their reasoning skills, their subject learning and their life chances in general. It is also known that many children’s out-of-school lives will not provide the kinds of experience they need to develop a full repertoire of spoken language…

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Sunday Show Debate at Dartmouth House

Sunday, 27th February, 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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This House Believes that the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates that we should prioritise security and safety over personal liberty. Join us for a lively show debate on Sunday, 27 February, 4pm. Among those debating in Mace format will be David Langwallner, Barrister at Law at 1MCB Chambers and writer; Tom Hamilton, Associate Director of WPI Strategy; and Marc Whitmore, CEO of UpRising. Please reserve your tickets here: https://esusundaydebate.eventbrite.co.uk This event will be supported by ‘Cassandra Voices’, the publisher of independent voices that…

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May 2022

ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition Grand Finals 2022

Sunday, 8th May, 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Churchill College, University of Cambridge, Storey's Way
Cambridge, England CB3 0DS United Kingdom
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The prestigious ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition, sponsored by the International Churchill Society, is the largest such contest in England and Wales, with around 400 teams (each comprising a speaker, questioner and a chairperson). The different roles allow students to practice and excel in different skill sets, and the competition’s unique format, which pairs the speaker from one school with the chair and questioner of another, encourages quick thinking and relationship building. Thirteen teams have succeeded through almost five months of…

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International Public Speaking Competition

Friday, 13th May
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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The ESU International Public Speaking Competition brings together the best young speakers from all over the world for a week of cultural exchange and public speaking contests. Established in 1980, it now reaches over one million young people in more than 50 countries across the globe, showcasing the highest standard of public speaking, while giving delegates an opportunity to meet and engage with other young people of different backgrounds and nationalities. This year’s finalists (national winners of the English-Speaking Union’s…

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June 2022

Zoom Event: The ESU Friendly International Forum hosted by ESU Poland

Monday, 13th June, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The ESU Friendly International Forum is an informal forum aimed at exchanging views, with an underlying aim of building future collaborations and initiatives. The host of the FIF moves between different ESUs internationally and each forum centres around a topic selected by the hosting nation. The topic of this fourth FIF, hosted by our Polish colleagues, will be: ‘What motivates us to promote public speaking in our respective countries?’ The ESU has always been a conduit to share and exchange…

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Ouse Valley Branch: Primary Public Speaking Competition

Wednesday, 15th June, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Bedford Prep School, De Parys Ave
Bedford, MK40 2TU
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Ouse Valley branch will be holding a Primary Public Speaking Competition on Wednesday, 15 June at Bedford Prep School.

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