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The English-Speaking Union

The English-Speaking Union is an international charity founded in 1918 to promote international understanding and friendship through the use of the English language.


The ESU brings together and empowers people of different languages and cultures. By building skills and confidence in communication, we give people the opportunity to realise their potential. Worldwide, the members and alumni of the ESU support these objectives.

Our vision is to provide people in the UK and internationally with communication skills, confidence and networking opportunities. We endeavour to ensure that the value of good communication as an essential attribute for individual, community and global development and understanding is publicly recognised and widely integrated into education and social policy.

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