English in Action: The English-Speaking Union

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International Public Speaking Competition

IPSC brings together the best young public speakers from aross the US and around the world.

The International Public Speaking Competition brings together outstandingly articulate young people from all over the world for a week of public speaking competition and international cultural exchange with the ESU of the Commonwealth in London. The finalist contestants meet and learn with their peers of different backgrounds and cultures from some 50 countries. Through all its qualifying levels, the program engages more than 40,000 young people globally. 


Each participating country sends one student. The United States delegate receives an all-expenses paid trip to London for the Competition.

Contestants deliver five-minute prepared speeches on a pre-selected theme. They also answer questions from the judges and the audience related to their speech.

2018 IPSC National Theme: The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

Meet Ali Cohen, the 2018 American Delegate

IPSC in the News

Wrangler News – June 13, 2018

For many high school students, the end of the spring semester and the advent of the warmer summer months are a time to relax from the rigors of academia, maybe by sleeping in or just sitting beside the pool.

Let's just say that Ali Cohen has an entirely different agenda on tap. Read full story.


East Valley Tribune – May 27, 2018

Ali Cohen of Chandler spoke in London last week as the American delegate at the Grand Final of the English-Speaking Union International Public Speaking Competition.

The Chandler Preparatory Academy junior used her platform to urge those who have power and influence in the world to speak out for uneducated girls in their fight for education, opportunity and equality. Read full story.


Inquirer.net – May 23, 2018

In chilly London last week, Johanne Jazmin Tan Jabines was given five minutes onstage. It was all the time the 20-year-old needed to share her meeting with a dearly missed relative and wow the competition's judges and her global audience. Read full story.


MENAFN – May 21, 2018

Chandler Prep Academy junior is a Grand Finalist at the International Public Speaking Competition -- English in Action. Read full story.