The English-Speaking Union (ESU) is an international educational charity that promotes “international understanding and friendship through the use of the English language.”
It was founded at the end of the First World War by Sir Evelyn Wrench with the aim of promoting closer ties between the English-speaking peoples. One of its first Chairmen was Sir Winston Churchill.
Since then the Union has grown into a world wide organization operating in more than 50 countries creating international understanding through the use of English – the language we teach.
With almost 40 branches in the UK, and over 60 overseas ESUs in countries in every part of the world, the ESU reaches out to young people world wide from every social background encouraging them to use English well to realize their own potential.
It partners and is supported by many of the world’s most famous companies and it deploys information technology to advance international understanding in every way possible.
The ESU offers, amongst other things,
- English speaking competitions
- talks on various subjects
- book clubs