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Public Speaking Competition

Monday, April 2
Last week the English Speaking Union of Georgia held Public Speaking Competition at the Headquarters of the Bank of Georgia. ESU-Georgia has been organizing this competition for 21 years, since its inception in 1998. ESU- Georgia has already sent 36 young speakers to London. Bank of Georgia has been sponsoring this competition for already7 years. The competition was judged by HE Justin McKenzie-Smith, the British Ambassador, Kakha Kiknavelidze, Director-General of the Bank of Georgia and Marina Tsitsishvili, ESU-Georgia President.

This year the first prize was awarded to Manana Levashov-Tumanishvili, the second prize was awarded to Irakli Chkhikvadze, the third prize to Tamar Chanturia. Manana will go to London on 14th of May to participate in the final.

2018 marks the centenary of the English-Speaking Union. ESU is celebrating 100 years of international dialogue and intercultural understanding through the English language.

The International Public Speaking Competition, now in its 38th year, is the largest public speaking competition in the world. It involves 600,000 students in over 60 countries. Not only does the IPSC provide students with an opportunity to develop the vital skills that enable them to speak with confidence in public, but through the international final in London, students from around the world have the opportunity to meet, form friendships and understanding that will last a lifetime.

As part of the programme, participants receive training in public speaking and debating skills from world class ESU mentors. Training in expression, delivery, listening and response skills. Training in reasoning and analysis, as well as critical thinking.

In addition, participants receive training at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. The Globe workshops are delivered by experts in drama, theatre and performance, and are also designed to enhance the participants’ expressive and persuasive abilities, as well as their improvisation skills and their self-confidence.

As part of the IPSC programme, participants are taken on education and cultural excursions. The programme includes tours of the Houses of Parliament, BBC TV studios, Hampton Court Palace, a trip to the theatre and much more.