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Churchill Speaking Competition

English Speaking Union Sponsors Event at Churchill College

ESU1Over 400 teams entered the English Speaking Union’s Churchill Public Speaking Competition this year in the United Kingdom. Across the branches of the ESU, winners have been selected, and will be progressing to participate in one of the eight regional finals taking place between 22 February and 16 March. To watch a video about the competition, please CLICK HERE.

The National Final will take place at Churchill College Cambridge on 25 April. Details and ticketing information will become available over the coming weeks.

The Public Speaking Competition for Schools was started in 1960 by the Brighton and Hove branch of the ESU. It has evolved to become a highly respected national competition, which provides an opportunity for young people to develop the skills of effective, spoken English.

The competition is open to teams of three students in key stage 4 (years 10 and 11) and each team member takes one of three roles: chairperson, speaker or questioner. Students who participate in the competition develop their knowledge of topical issues, while enhancing speech writing skills, presentation skills and0 ability to think analytically on their feet. The competition also helps to develop confidence in its participants.

Unlike the ESU Schools Mace, this is not a debating competition, as the format is non-confrontational in nature. The role of the Chairperson is to introduce the Speaker and his or her topic, call on the Questioner and the audience members to put questions to the Speaker and summarise the overall presentation as part of his or her conclusion. The role of the Questioner is to ask probing questions with a view to eliciting more information from the speaker and expanding the discussion as a whole.

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