English-Speaking Union

The English-Speaking Union (ESU) is an international educational charity. Founded by the journalist Sir Evelyn Wrench in 1918, it aims to bring together and empower people of different languages and cultures, by building skills and confidence in communication, such that individuals realise their potential.[1] With 35 branches in the United Kingdom and over 50 international ESUs in countries around the world, the ESU carries out a variety of activities such as debating, public speaking and student exchange programmes, runs conferences and seminars, and offers scholarships, to encourage the effective use of the English language around the globe.

English-Speaking Union
TypeEducational charity
HeadquartersDartmouth House
  • London
Region served
Official language
Paul Boateng, Baron Boateng

The aims of the English-Speaking Union (as stated on its website) are:

  1. The mutual advancement of education of the English-speaking world, respecting the traditions and heritage of those with whom we work whilst acknowledging the current events and issues that affect them.
  2. The use of English as a shared language and means of international communication of knowledge and understanding, provided always that these are at all times pursued in a non-political and non-sectarian manner.

These aims are taken from the ESU's Royal Charter.