The Final of the Public Speaking Competition of the ESU, St.Petersburg, Russia

     On the 13th of March the English-Speaking Union, St.Petersburg, Russia with support of  the Ambassador Hotel  and the British Embassy in Russian Federation organized the St.Petersburg Final of the ESU International Public Speaking Competition «Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced». 

     Board members of the ESU organized master-classes and the semi-final with experts in the English language, public speaking and debating skills and argumentation theory. Former competition winners shared their experience with young participants.

     10 participants including a representative from Moscow participated in the Final. The jury was represented by Tom Oppenheim, Head of Press, Public Affairs and Programmes, British Embassy and the ESU Board members: Tatiana Emelianova, Director of International Programmes of the ESU St. Petersburg, Anna Myslova, Head of Resource Centre, Partnership for Every Child, Natalia Gavrik,  Associate professor, St. Petersburg State Electrotechnical University, Julia Sergaeva, Associate professor, Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, Tatiana Tretiakova, Professor, Philological Faculty, St. Petersburg State University, and representatives of the Ambassador Hotel: Igor Antipov, Commercial Director, Natalya Prosviryakova, Sales manager.

     Each participant showed high quality of the English language and presentation skills.  The participants managed to develop the proposed topic of the speech into extremely interesting speeches, such as «Invisible people», «Listen to yourself», «Social network and mental health», «Change yourself today, change the world tomorrow». Contestants tried their best to communicate their thoughts to the jury and the audience. They dwelt on such problems as environmental issues, social networks, domestic violence.     
     Participation in the Competition helps young people to understand that they can play a meaningful role in their own country and in the global community.  It usually is a memorable and beneficial experience for them.

Winners of the Final were:

1st place — Daria Melnikova, student of the St.Petersburg State University of Art and Culture.
2nd place — Natalia Garkushina, student from Moscow, the Russian Presidential Academy of  National Economy and Public Administration.
3rd place — Maria Filippova,  student from High School №116.


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