English-Speaking Union

English-Speaking Union

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The ESU believes everyone should be able to make their voice heard. We believe that the ability to progress and to thrive in life relies on building speaking and listening skills. Our oracy, debate, public speaking and cultural exchange programmes help people to engage with the world, to speak more confidently, and to listen to and understand different points of view.


The ESU was founded as a membership organisation, bringing together those who share a belief that better communication makes for better global understanding. Today, we have members across England and Wales who meet to socialise, gain new perspectives on the world and to help organise and raise funds for our educational work. There is also a strong international membership and global educational network.

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