Esu believes oracy speaking and listening skills should be at the centre of the school curriculum, and actively encourages the development of these skills through education and competition.
English speaking union
National winners meet in london for the final, part of a five-day programme of events including public speaking, debating and performance workshops, and cultural excursions.
English-speaking union (esu) is an international educational charity which was founded by the journalist sir evelyn wrench in 1918 that aims to bring together and empower people of different languages and cultures, by building skills and confidence in communication, such that individuals realise their potential.
 with 35 branches in the united kingdom and over 50 international esus in countries around the world, the esu promotes a variety of activities such as debating, public speaking and student exchange programmes, runs conferences and seminars, and offers scholarships, to encourage the effective use of the english language around the globe.
-led competitions include performing shakespeare (a national contest for secondary school students), the esu national public speaking competition for schools and the international public speaking competition, which reaches over 600,000 young people in more than 50 countries.
The mutual advancement of education of the english-speaking world, respecting the traditions and heritage of those with whom we work whilst acknowledging the current events and issues that affect them.
These competitions, the esu also runs games-led debate and public speaking workshops in schools, guides schools on setting up and maintaining their own debate clubs, and provides a range of continued professional development (cpd) opportunities for teachers in the fields of speech and debate.