English in Action: The English-Speaking Union

Education Programs

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 (May 14-19, 2018). 

Meet Ali Cohen, the 2018 American Delegate

Read about Ali's performance in London

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.

Read about the 2018 IPSC Winner, Johanne Jazmin Tan Jabines from the Philippines.