The English Speaking Union of Iceland


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About this group

The English-Speaking Union is an international charity founded in 1918 to promote international understanding and friendship through the use of the English language. It is an independent, non-political, and educational charity with members in over 50 countries. Its purpose is to create global understanding through English at a time when English is positioned as the increasingly shared language of an interdependent world.

The ESU works through people-to-people exchanges, scholarships, debating and public speaking activities, conferences, seminars and national and international programmes made possible by the generosity, interest and expertise of its members worldwide.

ESU Iceland’s mission is to uphold the objectives of the global ESU, specifically by hosting and promoting lectures and seminars in English. ESU Iceland will also sponsor Icelandic students of English to attend international debating and public speaking competitions.

Anyone can join ESU Iceland.

Most of our speaker events are free of charge and open to all. However, for an annual fee of ISK 4000 (2500 for students), you receive a number of great benefits both in Iceland and the UK. See the page "ESU Membership" for further information.

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Time to REVIVE the English Speaking Union of Iceland.

Posted by Kent Lárus Björnsson, Tuesday, 7th February 2017 @ 4:06pm

  • We are currently looking for volunteers who are socially savyy, love making connections and are passionate about connecting people of all cultures with our common thread - the English language.

    Tasks include: 
    - Promoting and updating the ESU website and FB page
    - Sourcing benefits from local businesses for ESU members
    - Helping to build and develop the ESU Iceland membership base
    - organising social events around Iceland for ESU members

    This opportunity is great for an individual who wants to increase their own network in Iceland with the Chamber fo Commerce and English speaking Embassies. Future positions on the ESU board are a possibility.

    If you are interested - please contact  .

Public Speaking Competition 2017

Posted by Kent Lárus Björnsson, Tuesday, 24th January 2017 @ 5:07pm

  • The English Speaking Union, ESU and FEKÍ stage the 8th National Public Speaking Competition.

    On Friday February 24th and Saturday 25th in room M101 at Reykjavik University ;

    The winner goes to London 

    Who is going to London this year, May ?

    Who is qualified? You have to be 16 and not 21 on Friday May 15 when the final is staged in London.

    You choose your own title which should somehow touch upon the theme.

    Participants need to give a speech on the following theme;


    You give a 5 minute +/- 30 sec. talk and answer questions on the talk put to you by the audience and / or the judges for 3-4 minutes.

    If there is a semifinal you give a 3 minute impromptu speech for which you only have a limited time to prepare but there are no questions.

    Register with your teacher or email Jón at  providing a telephone number and an email address.

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