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The English-Speaking Union is an international educational charity founded in 1918 to promote "international understanding and friendship through the use of the English language." The ESU was started as an Anglo-American partnership and has now expanded to almost 40 branches in the UK and over 50 International ESUs worldwide.

The ESU's mission to bring people together and share their experiences has never been more relevant; the world needs international understanding and the reach of English provides a way of achieving it.

At the heart of the ESUís response is the role of English in public speaking, discussion and debate which along with literature, the arts and music forms the main basis of the ESUs educational work. International understanding is created by the exchange of ideas and experience, through the medium of a common spoken language and today English serves as the common language of business, technology, commerce and diplomacy.

The ESU achieves its mission through the Centre for Speech and Debate at Dartmouth House, International and National Debating and Public Speaking Competitions involving hundreds of universities and thousands of schools worldwide and through the innovation of internet debating and the vast range of individual scholarships, internships and exchanges organised by Dartmouth House. All this is reinforced by international conferences and current and cultural affairs programmes in London.

Countries in which the ESU is represented

  • Albania
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bangladesh
  • Belgium
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • England & Wales
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lithuania
  • Madagascar
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Nepal
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Scotland
  • Serbia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • USA
  • Vanuatu
  • Yemen

Honorary representative
China University English-Speaking Association
Steering Committee