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The ESU International Public Speaking Competition 2019
The ESU International Public Speaking Competition, now in its 39th year, is the largest public speaking competition in the world, currently involving over one million students in more than 50 countries. The aim of the finals in London is to help young people to develop skills to become confident communicators and at the same time to encourage understanding and friendships that will last a lifetime. The IPSC 2019 achieved this for sure.
France was represented at the competition by Eve Bertevas, a pupil at the Lycée Joachim du Bellay in Angers. Eve was the winner of the NPSC which took place in Angers, 23rd March, organised jointly by the ESU Loire Valley branch, the Bibliothèque Anglophone, Angers, and the Maison de l’Europe, Angers.
Imagine what it must feel like to arrive at Dartmouth House as a teenager from abroad; to enter the impressive lobby with its panelled walls and ornate plasterwork; to climb the double staircase and to be led into an imposing room which is filling up with 50 other young people from around the globe, all of whom, like you, are there to compete against each other. This is what happens every year when the candidates arrive. It is a tribute to the staff at Dartmouth House and the team leaders that within two hours of meeting each other these young people are chatting and laughing together and exchanging ideas and stories relevant to their different backgrounds and cultures.
The competition ran from Monday 13th to Friday 17th May. The opening ceremony took place early evening Monday 13th . Following supper at Dartmouth House the participants were taken by their group leaders via the underground to their hotel. Tuesday and Wednesday are busy days when the candidates receive training in public speaking and debating skills from ESU mentors and performance experts at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. However, it isn’t all hard work. This year’s itinerary included a guided tour of the Globe Theatre, a sightseeing trip, a visit to the British Museum, an evening spent ten pin bowling and an evening performance of Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre.
The prepared speech heats took place during the morning of Thursday 16th. Eve was one of a group of 8 contestants from Argentina, Mexico, Armenia, Romania, Hong Kong, France and 2 from China. All candidates spoke on the theme “A Lie has Speed, but Truth has Endurance”.
The impromptu speech heats followed on Thursday afternoon. For this round, the candidates are given a choice of 3 titles from which they select one on which to base a 3 minute speech. They are supervised during 15 minutes preparation time with nothing but a dictionary to assist. One by one, they are ushered into the room to deliver their speech to the three judges in front of an audience of guests, family and friends.
The six finalists were announced on Friday morning: candidates from the Philippines, Australia, Lithuania, Spain, China (2) and Hong Kong. While other participants and guests relaxed over lunch these young people were busy practising their speeches before walking the short distance to the Royal Institution for the grand finals. The theme was “Nature is a Common Language”. The judging panel was chaired by BBC and ITN broadcaster, Jon Briggs, supported by Finia Kuhlmann and Amanda Moorghen. The candidates were all outstanding but there could only be one winner and one runner up. The winner was from Spain: Ennio Campoli Patak. The runner up was from Australia: Justin Lai. Congratulations to them both and indeed to all the contestants, all of whom were winners of their country competitions. The standard was simply amazing. It is an uplifting thought that the world will one day be in the hands of such bright and enthusiastic young people.
To take part in the competition students must be between 16 and 20 years old. Here in France, we would welcome more competitors, and more teachers, lycées and universities becoming involved. If you would like more details, please contact email@example.com. If you like working with young people and think you may be able to help with their training, please let us know. We would be delighted to welcome you on board the IPSC 2020.
Click on the link below to listen to some of the impromptu speeches:
To know more, listen to the 2019 IPSC grand final:
Patricia Curd, chairman of the Loire valley branch of ESU France
Eve Bertevas, French finalist of the 2019 National Public Speaking Competition
Sabrine Oudjedi Damerdji, Florence Guémas, Anne Milou, Juliette Bontems, Côme Bernier, Maëlle Charlette, Inès El Hattaoui, Titouan Pemzec, Nicolas Gauttier, Mathilde Diron, Eve Bertevas, Simon Martineau. John Cassini, Lucia Dumont Renard and Frederic Chotard (members of the jury) Michèle Moreau ( Angers city council member) Anne Lebeugle (president of the Anglophone library).
All the participants were given books donated by WHSmith English bookstore in Paris.
National Public Speaking Competition
Angers, March 23rd, 2019
On Saturday, March 23rd, Eve Bertevas, a student from Lycée Joachim du Bellay in Angers, beat 11 other contestants to win the National Public Speaking Competition 2019.
The grand final of the National Public Speaking Competition in English took place in Angers, organized by the Loire Valley Branch of the English-Speaking Union in partnership with the English Language Library in Angers and La Maison de l'Europe Angers & Maine-et-Loire.
The participants of this year's National Public Speaking Competition delivered a five-minute speech on: Nature is a common language.
Eve will go to London from May 13 to 18 to participate in the international competition with 50 other finalists from 50 countries across the globe.
The semi-finalists will deliver a speech on: “ A lie has speed but truth has endurance”. And the winner of the International Competition who will deliver the best speech on “Nature is a common language” will go to the United Nations in New York!
This event is a great opportunity for this wonderful youth to discover their voices and become empowered citizens.
“If you can speak in this country, you can do anything” said W. Churchill.
Good luck to Eve! Onwards and Upwards!
Discover your voice !
Watch this short video to understand what "ORACY" is all about and how important it is!
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WHAT IS ORACY?
Oracy is to speaking what numeracy is to mathematics or literacy to reading and writing. In short, it’s nothing more than being able to express yourself well. It’s about having the vocabulary to say what you want to say and the ability to structure your thoughts so that they make sense to others.
Our programmes, competitions and resources are based around four key oracy skillssets: reasoning, and evidence; listening and response, expression and delivery, and orgnisation and prioritisation. Just as numeracy and literarcy are learnt, so these skillsets must be taught and, crucially, practised in order to develop proficiency.
With employers now rating communication skills as their highest priority, above even qualifications, the ability to express ideas is more important than ever before. Yet oracy receives much less attention in the school curriculum than literacy and numeracy. Indeed, a recent study estimated pupils contributed on average just four words per lesson, while another revealed that children with good communication skills are four times more likely to get five A*-Cs at GCSE.
The benefits of oracy skills go far beyond academic achievement and employability however, they boost a whole range of social, emotional and interpersonal skills, including self-confidence, self-awareness, resilience and empathy. Having the skills and confidence to speak up and believe in yourself has also been shown to enhance our sense of happiness and well-being, preventing the isolation that comes from feeling side-lined. As one of our alumni says, ‘If you teach kids to debate you give them a chance to have their voice heard, and you give them the power not to be ignored’.
Watch this video on the importance of Oracy:
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IPSC Finalists in London, May 2018.
Beyond competition, it was a matter of global exchange, understanding and friendship!
PHILIPPINES WINS BEST YOUNG SPEAKER
AT THE 2018 ESU INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION FINAL
The 30th anniversary of ESU France and the Centenary of ESU of the Commonwealth was celebrated in Paris on 8, 9, 10 February 2018
This festive occasion was attended by 74 members from the 4 French branches, from Dartmouth House, from UK branches and the international branches of Denmark, Finland, Georgia, Germany, India, and the USA, who gathered together to mark the founding of the ESU of the Commonwealth and of ESU France and to honour its founder and National Chairman, Beatrix de Montgermont Keil.
Thursday, February 8th
The festivities started with a reception at the British Embassy in Paris. The guests were welcomed in the throne room by Lord Llewellyn, the British Ambassador. Beatrix de Montgermont Keil, thanked the Ambassador for hosting this event and said how proud she was to have founded the French branch and to belong to this great organization that brings so many people together. Lord Boateng, the Guest of Honour and Chairman of the ESU of Commonwealth, Jane Easton and Lord Watson all gave very stimulating speeches honoring friendship and global understanding but also paying tribute to Beatrix de Montgermont Keil for her dedication to the ESU. Jane Easton also presented the programme of the week of celebrations in London, May 14-18, 2018.
Entertainment was provided by Quinn Peeper, ESUUS President, and Michael Harold, member of ESU New Orleans who brilliantly performed a Mozart sonata on the Embassy’s grand Steinway.
The guests were then invited to proceed to the blue room where champagne and canapés were served in a festive and friendly atmosphere.
A group of 37 met at 3.30 pm for a guided tour of Le Palais du Luxembourg built in 1635 for Queen Marie de Medici. It became home of the Senate in the 19th century. Senator Joëlle Garriaud-Maylam welcomed the participants near the Grand Staircase. The tour guides explained the history of the building and the institutions of the Upper House. The highlights were the Conference Hall, the Golden Book Room and the Chamber.
After the tour of the palace drinks and French “beignet” were served in the Salon Beige. It was a very relaxing pause spent getting to know each other and catching up on international ESU news.
Cocktails were served in the Salon Napoleon before sitting down in the Salon Pourpre for a four course dinner with white and red wine.
Lord Boateng, Lord Watson, Valerie Mitchell, and Birte Pallesen from Denmark, all in their speeches eloquently emphasized the close links between France and Britain and congratulated ESU France and Beatrix de Montgermont Keil. Ulla Ladau Harjulin from Finland presented a golden rose to Beatrix.
An English speaking guide conducted a party of 30 on an excellent tour of the Opera Garnier. Sitting in the auditorium in the red armchairs of the stalls to admire the beautiful ceiling decorated by Chagall and the 8 ton chandelier then walking in the 140 meter long Grand Foyer were the highlights of the tour.
Finally a small group had an informal but very friendly lunch in a typical Parisian art nouveau brasserie.
ESU France would particularly like to thank all those who came from afar and those who were unable to attend but sent their very good wishes for the occasion. The International Council President, Margaryta Danilko, sent a message of congratulations to Beatrix and all ESU France members. She wrote: ”It is my pleasure to congratulate you on the 30-th anniversary of the ESU France! On behalf of all the international ESUs and my own behalf, please accept my warmest wishes for a memorable anniversary celebration and continued success of the ESU France!”
Indeed, the festivities provided an excellent opportunity for all attendees to get to know each other better, to build friendships and share their common purposes of mutual understanding and global awareness.
These celebrations were a manifestation of what the ESU stands for. ESU France is delighted to have brought people together. That is really what it is all about. That is why the English-Speaking Union was set up by Sir Evelyn Wrench. His vision was about individuals coming together, and strengthening the bonds of common, shared humanity, across the various peoples and nations of the world. And in today’s troubled times, we do need to share these values.
ESU France, proud to belong to the great ESU family, will continue to spread these values and warmly thanks those who came and helped to make this such an enjoyable and memorable occasion thus giving hope for a bright future for our organization.
ESU France looks forward to celebrating the centenary of the ESU of the Commonwealth in London in May.
Lucia on behalf of ESU France
Please click on the links below to view the photos of the ESU France festivities :
Reception at the British Embassy.
Guided tour of Le Palais du Luxembourg , Cocktail and dinner at Le Sénat :
French National Public Speaking Competition 2018, International Public Speaking Competition, London 2017; National Shakespeare Competition New York 2017; ICM Tbilissi, 2016.... read write-ups and view pictures below
National Public Speaking Competition
Angers, March 24th, 2018
T The English Speaking Union Loire Valley and its partners Bibliothèque Anglophone d’Angers and La Maison de l’Europe Angers & Maine-et-Loire.
Sainte-Agnès, Joachim du Bellay, Saint-Martin, Sacré Coeur and Joachim du Bellay in Angers, Lycee Saint-Louis in Saumur and Lycee Jacques Prévert in Taverny Val D’Oise, competed in Les Salons de la Présidence du Conseil Départemental de Maine-et-Loire in Angers, in front of a large audience which included, Frédérique Drouet d’Aubigny, Michel Guillaneuf, Président d’Honneur de la Maison de l’Europe, ESU Loire Valley members, The President and the Director of the Bibliothèque Anglophone d’Angers, Marie France Roland and Phoebe Marshall-Raimbeau, Patricia Curd, President of ESU Loire Valley, teachers, families, and friends of the participants as well as the members of the partner associations.
This year’s theme was : “The best way to predict the future is to invent it”.
The judging panel was composed of Mr Fredrick Chotard, IA-IPR in Académie de Nantes, Dr Lucia Dumont Renard, former President of the ESU International Council and Vice-president of ESU France; and Jerome Woodford, retired consultant to the European Commission.
The speeches delivered in many styles and from various perspectives were outstanding and the judges’ task was difficult. The speakers persuaded, informed, inspired and captivated the audience and the adjudicators, tactfully including evidence, facts, figures, emotional personal stories and histories. They answered the adjudicators’ questions with aptness and sometimes humour. The jury congratulated all the participants. They are all winners.
First place in the competition this year went to Laure Chabenat, a pupil at the Lycée Saint Louis in Saumur. Her speech title was: “Future Rhymes with Culture”. The runner-up was Laurine Vinçon (Lycée Sacré-Coeur, Angers) whose speech title was: ” Passport for the Future”. The third place went to Laura Traczyk ( Lycée St Martin, Angers) who spoke about “ We are the Architects of our own Future”.
All the participants were given books, dictionaries and CDs in English donated by La Maison des Langues in Paris. They were much appreciated. ESU Loire Valley and its President, Patricia Curd extend their most enthusiastic thanks to Editions Maison des Langues.
Following the announcement of the winners by Frederic Chotard, Michel Guillaneuf, Honorary President of the Maison de l’Europe Angers et Maine-et-Loire thanked the candidates, the judges, and the organizers for their contributions to a rewarding and enjoyable afternoon.
We send Laure Chabenat our best wishes for success in the next level of this public speaking competition and for a truly worthwhile experience in London from May 14 to May 18 with 50 ESU international friends. Her stay in London will be rich with incredible encounters, a unique opportunity to realise her full potential, a valuable platform for exchanges and a fertile soil for developing skills in communication: an undeniable asset in our media-centred world.
The theme for the next round is: “Great Artists have no Country”.
We address warm thanks to the organizers, the teachers and the fantastic young participants who will become confident communicators, critical thinkers, and empowered citizens. They are our future.