ESU News THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION
Creating global understanding through English ISSUE No. 129 JANUARY 2007
Authors of Intelligent Business L-R Tonya Trappe, Graham Tullis and Christine Johnson (extreme right) with publishers Stephen Nicholl and Ian Wood (Pearson Longman) receive their Award from The Duke of Edinburgh
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh presented awards to the winners of the ESU English Language Book Award and ESU President's Award at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday 15 November 2006. Winners of ESU competitions to promote effective spoken English also received certificates from Prince Philip. The widely respected Duke of Edinburgh English Language Book Award was founded in 1971 to recognise the best book published each year in the field of English language teaching. This year, the judges, led by Lord Quirk, named joint winners of the Award. They believe that this year's winners exhibit not only creative originality but also practical usefulness. The assessors described one of the winning entries, the “clever and
Buckingham Palace Awards
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh presents the Award to Suzi Nicolau (A & C Black, Publishers) and Philip Gooden, author Faux Pas?
engaging” Faux Pas? A No-Nonsense Guide to Words and Phrases from Other Languages by Philip Gooden (A & C Black Publishers Limited) as “very entertaining, attractive and full of common sense.” The other winning entry Intelligent Business by Christine Johnson, Tonya Trappe Palace Awards . . . . . .Page 1 and Graham Tullis (Pearson Chile Launch . . . . . . .Page 1 Longman) was judged to be Palace Awards cont'd .Page 2 “an invaluable and ambitious Chile Launch cont'd .Page 3 project informed by considerable expertise.” Argentina visit . . . . . .Page 3
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Veil debate . . . . . . . .Page 4 Andrew Roberts lecture . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 4
Farming scholar . . . .Page 4 Stanley Wells . . . . . . .Page 5
The British Embassy in Santiago was the setting for the ESU Launch of Chile, kindly hosted by HE Mr Howard Drake. Thirty-six international delegates from the UK, USA, Argentina, France, Canada and New Zealand attended, together with members of the ESU Chile committee, and local dignitaries. Also present were several recipients of ESU Scholarships to the International Public Speaking Competition, International Relations Conference and the ESU Shakespeare's Globe Seminar, all of which took place in the UK. Continued on page 3.
Refugee pilot . . . . . . .Page 4
Kensington concert . .Page 5 International at Home .Page 5 Cornwall/Prague Exchange . . . . . . . . . .Page 6 ESU Staff Changes . .Page 6 Sea Vac . . . . . . . . . . .Page 6 Leith's New Faces . . .Page 6 Morehead Nominees .Page 7 Administrator retires .Page 7 Pilgrim Scholars . . . .Page 7 L-R Valerie Mitchell, Mrs Lucia Santa Cruz, President ESU Chile, Mr Howard Drake, HM Ambassador, Mr Richard Collingwood-Selby, Chairman ESU Chile and Lord Watson
Oman lecture . . . . . .Page 7 Diary Dates . . . . . . . .Page 8
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Buckingham Palace Awards continued to collect his certificate from HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. Konstantin said: “I am deeply grateful to all the people who have helped me in achieving this important attainment in my life.”
The highly commended entry Adult Learners' Writing Guide by Ruth Thornton (Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd) addresses the needs of adult literacy learners with a “non-threatening approach”. Resource Books for Teachers: Grammar by Scott Thornbury (OUP) was also highly commended and provides useful, clear and concise approaches for teaching grammar.
His Royal Highness also awarded certificates to winners of the university and school competitions which promote effective spoken English.
The “fun, vital and visually exciting” Space Search (a CD ROM for 9-10 year olds by Basque publishers Gipuzkoako Ikastolen Elkartea) has won the English-Speaking Union President's Award 2006. The judging panel described Space Search as “taking children to new imaginary worlds and allowing them to engage in learning through exploration whilst accommodating different learning styles and preferences.”
Claire Brand, Lisi Christofferson and Lucinda Hicks, from Cheltenham Ladies College, were presented with certificates as winners of the 2005-06 ESU National Public Speaking Competition for Schools. Timosha Goldfarb and Andrew Rose from City of London School for Boys were honoured as the winning team of the 2005-06 ESU Schools Mace Debating Competition. This tournament, sponsored by the Department for Constitutional Affairs, was started in 1957 and now involves over 800 schools from all over the United Kingdom and Ireland, making it the largest parliamentary schools debating competition in the world.
The winners of the 2006 John Smith Memorial Mace, the world's longest running debating competition, were Barry Glynn and Mark Murphy from The Honorable Society of King's Inns, Dublin. Barry Glynn was presented with their certificates (Mark Murphy was unable to attend the ceremony).
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh presents the President's Award for “Space Search”
The ESU President's Award was inaugurated in 2003 at the request of the President of the ESU, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT, and is given annually for innovation in the use of new technologies to enhance English teaching and learning worldwide. The judging panel is chaired by Professor Margaret Buck, former Head of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, and includes experts from the fields of language, design and technology. This is the first time it has been awarded to a non-British entry.
L-R Alavari Jeevathol, Oliver Newlan and Emily Pearce with sponsors Mervyn Streatfield, Sir John Cass's Foundation and Rosanna King, DfES
The 2005-06 ESU Essex Court Chambers National Mooting Competition, which promotes the skills of courtroom advocacy for legal students in Britain, was won by Michael Attenborough and Vijaiya Poopalasingam from Queen Mary, University of London. This tournament is sponsored by Essex Court Chambers.
Konstantin Lazutin with HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and the Russian Ambassador, HE Mr Yury Fedotov
HSBC Holdings sponsored the International Public Speaking Competition for the 10th year running. The 2006 Final attracted 55 competitors from 33 different countries, and Konstantin Lazutin of St Petersburg, Russia, was the winner. He returned to London 2
The London Debate Challenge Championships, generously sponsored by the Department for Education and Skills, Sir John Cass's Foundation, Coca-Cola Great Britain and Tesco PLC was won by Alavari Jeevathol, Oliver Newlan and Emily Pearce of Heathland School, Hounslow.
Chile Launch continued The Launch was part of a week-long programme of events attended by the international delegates. Lord Watson spoke at Universidad de Los Andes and was made an Honorary Member of the University. There was also a visit to the Chilean British Cultural Institute/Chilean British University where Lord Watson and Valerie Mitchell spoke. The delegation was rapt by the Final of the ESU Chile Dialogue Competition run in partnership with the Chilean Ministry of Education, for 13 -14 year old students from the maintained and partially-maintained sectors throughout Chile.
Dialogue competition winners L-R Constanza Vidal, Irene Castro (teacher) and Andrés Duarte
The delegates also enjoyed a Cultural Programme of events including a visit to Pablo Neruda's house in Isla Negra, a piano recital at Teatro Municipal and a visit to the Santa Rita vineyard. Thanks go to HE Mr Howard Drake, to Mr and Mrs CollingwoodSelby and to the ESU Chile Committee for their wonderful hospitality and organisation of an outstanding programme.
The Ambassador opened proceedings and then introduced Lord Watson, Valerie Mitchell and Richard Collingwood-Selby, Chairman ESU Chile, all of whom spoke. Valerie then introduced representatives from the countries that attended. First to speak was Malcolm Rodman, Chairman of ESU Argentina, who had given tremendous support to ESU Chile in setting up its steering committee. Also among the speakers was Mrs Gloria Early from the Atlanta Branch in the USA who read a message from Mr William R Miller, Chairman of the ESU of the USA and Chairman of the ESU International Council. Lord Watson at Universidad de Los Andes with the Rector, Orlando Poblete, and Vice Rector, María José Lecaros
A Memorable Sojourn gave a thought-provoking talk on The Management of Reputation: a Key to Business Success and Survival which attracted enormous interest from the audience. Their stay ended with a Dinner hosted by the Ambassador and Mrs Hughes at the Residence and held in their honour.
Planning for the future aboard 'Yaguati' with Lord Watson and Valerie Mitchell are the Rodman Family and Michael Rattigan, Deputy Chairman ESU Argentina
The Committee of ESU Argentina at the Circolo Italiano with Lord Watson and Valerie Mitchell
Lord Watson and Valerie Mitchell extended their South American visit to Buenos Aires where they were warmly received by HE Dr John Hughes, British Ambassador to Argentina, and Mrs Hughes, who hosted their four day stay. The purpose of their visit was to support the education work of ESU Argentina and to encourage corporate membership. ESU Argentina put together a first class programme for them which included an event at the Catolica Argentina University where students gathered to hear Lord Watson's awe-inspiring speech on The Rise and Rise of English. This was followed by a presentation by Valerie Mitchell on the ESU, which received a most enthusiastic response. Dr Roberto Aras presented Lord Watson with a medal and a certificate from the University and Mr Carlos Enrique Ezcurra presented Valerie with a medal of the University. A luncheon held at Circolo Italiano brought together a large number of people from the business sector, ESU members and the press and at which Malcolm Rodman, Chairman of ESU Argentina, presided. Valerie gave a spirited and heartfelt introduction on the work of the ESU worldwide, and Lord Watson as Guest Speaker
The social programme included a visit to the Yacht Club, Dinner at the Jockey Club, and Luncheon at the Hurlingham Club. An unforgettable cruise on the yacht 'Yaguati', gave them an opportunity to see Buenos Aires from the water. Thanks go to the British Ambassador and Mrs Hughes, Mr and Mrs Malcolm Rodman and the ESU Committee, Argentina.
HM Ambassador, Dr John Hughes and Mrs Hughes, listening to Lord Watson's speech
Pilot Refugee Programme end of October. The initiative was run in conjunction with The Children's Society's Young Refugees' Media Project which aims to encourage young refugees in the UK to develop a more prominent voice in the media. The workshop included activities designed to promote effective communication and expression skills. Participants agreed that their confidence in public speaking had improved over the course of the day, which culminated in each member of the group delivering a short speech on a subject of their choice. Gershon Berkowitz, the National Coordinator of the Young Refugees' Media Project, was equally enthusiastic about the event, saying “debating fits perfectly with The Children's Society's aim to give young refugees more confidence in discussing issues that affect them.” Discussion at the Young Refugees Debating Workshop
A group of young refugees living in East London took part in a pilot debate and communication workshop at Dartmouth House at the
The ESU hopes that the success of the pilot will lead to further workshops for young refugees from across London.
The Great Veil Debate The Dartmouth House Debating Society met on Wednesday 1 November for the Members' Debate. Society member Gareth Davies joined staff from the ESU Centre for Speech and Debate to tackle the motion This House believes that British Muslims should not wear the veil.
The contentious issue sparked much comment from the floor, with both sides receiving equal amounts of support. The opposition won by 12 votes to 8, with no abstentions.
Andrew Roberts Literary Lecture In October, Andrew Roberts was the guest speaker at a Literary Lecture to celebrate the recent launch of his latest work, A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900.
Great Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the West Indies, and Ireland - is far greater than what separates them, and the development of their history since 1900 has been a phenomenal success story.
Valerie Mitchell welcomed guests to Dartmouth House to hear Mr Roberts reveal what made the English-speaking peoples the superlative political culture since 1900, and how they have defended their pre-eminence from the many assaults upon them.
Continuing from where Winston Churchill left off in the fourth volume of his A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, Andrew Roberts gave the audience an absorbing account of the century in which the political culture of one linguistic worldgrouping comprehensively triumphed over all others.
What connects those countries where the majority of the population speaks English as a first language - the United States,
Andrew Roberts signing copies of his latest book
Oxfordshire Farmer's Argentine Experience
Jeffrey Gee relaxes after a hard day's work on the farm 4
Jeffrey Gee from the Oxfordshire Branch spent three months between July and October working on farms in Argentina. Organised by Malcolm Rodman, Chairman of ESU Argentina, the programme took Jeffrey to La Pampa Province, where he did a great deal of work on horseback with cattle. He travelled back to Buenos Aires for a week at the internationally famous Palermo Show where he saw some of the world's finest Aberdeen Angus and Hereford cattle. He then went to Mar del Plata, five hours' drive south of Buenos Aires, to work on a 5000 hectare arable farm. After this, he had the opportunity to work on a mixed farm in Lincoln working with 1100 head of Bonsmara cattle. Finally he visited the
Province of Salta in the far North West, where he really got a sense of the cultural roots of Argentina. On his return Jeffrey wrote: “The country really did start to become like home, as everyone made me feel like part of the family. I would like to thank all the families I stayed with…and a special thank you to Malcolm Rodman and his family for giving me such a great life-changing experience.”
Stanley Wells Literary Interview October saw Professor Stanley Wells, Chairman of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, interviewed by Dr Paul Edmondson, Head of Education at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust about his new book Shakespeare & Co: Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Dekker, Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, John Fletcher and the other players in his story. Valerie Mitchell welcomed ESU members and sixth formers from Westminster School to the event and to hear Professor Wells, arguably the greatest authority on Shakespeare's life and work. The interview deftly explored the Elizabethan and Jacobean theatrical scene, the great actors Shakespeare worked with, and the lives and the works of the writers of his day, from Ben Jonson to Thomas Middleton to his later successors such as John Webster.
Professor Stanley Wells with students from Westminster School
A buffet lunch followed where guests were able to converse with the speakers and buy signed copies of the book.
Concert in Kensington A fundraising concert was held on the 25 October for the ESU Music Scholarships. Ken Aiso (violin) and Sam Hayward (piano), who was the ESU supported scholar to the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in 1998, donated their artistry on this occasion. The concert was held in the beautiful Kensington home of Vernon and Hazel Ellis and included works by Bach, Mozart and Franck. Mr Vernon Ellis introduced the performers and Mrs Jeanie Rosefield, member of the ESU Cultural Affairs sub-Committee, gave the Vote of Thanks at the canapĂŠ reception that followed. We are very grateful to Mr George Isserlis, Vice President of the Committee, for organising the concert so beautifully.
L-R Annette Isserlis, Sam Haywood, Jeanie Rosenfield, George Isserlis, Ken Aiso with Belinda Norman-Butler
International At Home Those attending included Youmna Asseily, President of the ESU International Council and Chairman of ESU Lebanon together with members of the international diplomatic and business communities in London. The morning ended with a tour of Dartmouth House. L-R Mrs Aileen Charter, wife of the High Commissioner for Grenada, Ms Victoria Farley, Trinidad and Tobago High Commission, Mrs Lebogang Diteko, Botswana High Commission, Miss Elena Teplova, Russian Embassy, Mrs Susan Bull, Chairman ESU Promotions Sub-Committee, Lord Hunt, Mrs Janine-Monique Bustani, wife of Brazilian Ambassador, Mrs Flora BellĂŠ-Cisneros, Vice-Chairman, Anglo-Brazilian Society
Lord Hunt, Valerie Mitchell and Susan Bull, Chairman of the Promotions Sub-Committee welcomed guests from
20 countries to An International at Home held at Dartmouth House on 8 November. 5
International School Exchange
ESU Staff Changes The ESU bids goodbye to Helen Green, Head of International Development who, after seven years of devoted service, will take up a new position at Imperial College. This has prompted an opportunity for the ESU to review its structure and, as a result, Katie Brock, formerly Manager of Cultural Affairs, will head a new International and Cultural Department. Gemma McCoy is the International Officer and a new Cultural Officer will be appointed.
L-R Betty, Paul Smith, Headmaster of Truro School, Barbora, John Baxter, Chairman ESU Cornwall Branch and Alison Bevan
The pilot exchange between the Branch in Cornwall and the English College in Prague took place in October 2006. Barbora Wachtlová (Bára) and Alzˇbeˇta Voglová (Betty) visited Dartmouth House on their way to Truro School in Cornwall. Colin McCorquodale Chairman of the London Branch escorted Bára and Betty to the Literary Lecture: A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900 given by Andrew Roberts. The students also lunched with Valerie Mitchell and Helen Green, Head of International Programmes. ESU staff and the London
Branch took the students on shopping and sightseeing tours. The students spent two happy weeks at Truro School and attended an ESU illustrated lecture given by Alison Bevan, Director of the Penlee House Gallery, on The Newlyn School: A Golden Age of Cornish Art. The two Truro students who visited Prague, Emma Milton and Bex Binton, had an interesting and positive experience, and the two Heads are determined to continue the project next year.
Launch of the ESU Sea Vac Project On 23 November the English-Speaking Union officially launched the new Sea Vac Project, in collaboration with the Imperial War Museum, the University of Reading Research Centre for Evacuee and War Child Studies, and the Evacuees Reunion Association. Sir Martin Gilbert, celebrated author and former overseas evacuee, was the Guest Speaker at the event which was attended by former overseas evacuees from around the country They were welcomed
to Dartmouth House by Mrs Valerie Mitchell, ESU Director-General. A panel discussion followed, chaired by Sir Brian Fall ESU Governor, where contributions were offered by Roderick Suddaby, Keeper of The Department of Documents, Imperial War Museum, Dr Martin Parsons Director, Research Centre for Evacuee & War Child Studies and Richard Price, Former Chairman of BAFTA (British Academy of Film and TV Arts).
L-R Richard Price, Roderick Suddaby, Sir Brian Fall, Sir Martin Gilbert, James Roffey, Chief Executive, The Evacuees Reunion Association, and Dr Martin Parsons 6
Gemma McCoy and Katie Brock
New Faces at Leith’s Christopher Johnstone and Catherine Murrell have recently joined the team at Leith's, who provide all the catering services for Dartmouth House. Christopher, in the role of General Manager, has taken over from David Vince. Catherine has taken on the role of Sales Manager.
Catherine Murrell and Christopher Johnstone
Morehead Scholarship Nominees Announced The interviews for the 2007 Morehead Scholarship were held at the ESU on 9 and 10 November. This prestigious undergraduate scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is one of the most valuable of its kind in the world (worth an estimated $140,000 over four years). A total of 16 students from schools all around the country were invited to attend interview. The panel, chaired by British Morehead alumnus James Dean, chose three students to go forward to final interviews in Chapel Hill from 3 - 6 March 2006. Those students
were: Matthew Grant, a Fulbright/USAP student from St. Olave's Grammar School in Orpington, Kent; Alexander Lee of Wellington College; and Alastair Monty of Marlborough College. Yvonne Theobald, Chief Administrator, met all students on arrival and was available to brief interviewees on the history of the award. The interviewing panel included a number of British Morehead alumni, as well as Dennis Silk, former Headmaster of Radley, and Peter Johnson, current Headmaster of Millfield.
British Morehead Administrator Retires Yvonne Theobald has recently announced her retirement as Chief Administrator of the British Morehead Scholarship Programme after 37 years of unwavering service. Yvonne was at the ESU when the first British Morehead, Anthony Steward, took the pioneering step of heading out to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1969, and since then, she has seen over 100 British students follow in his footsteps. She has been an integral part of the Morehead experience for everyone connected with the programme, and will be sorely missed. A party was held in her honour in the Long Room at Lord's on Friday 24 November, attended by many former scholars and friends of the programme, including Valerie Mitchell, DirectorGeneral of the ESU.
Yvonne Theobald (front), Dennis Silk (on her right) and James Dean (second right back) with members of the Morehead interviewing panel at Dartmouth House
Yvonne's role has now been passed into the good hands of Elizabeth Stokes, the ESU's Director of Education, and Katherine Plummer, ESU Educational Programmes Manager.
Pilgrim Scholars On November 17, more than 25 American Canadian and British SSE scholars made their way to Dartmouth House to celebrate Thanksgiving. They tucked into a splendid supper with traditional turkey and pumpkin pie. Earlier in the day a briefing had been held for the 12 UK two term scholars going out to the US in January. Alumni of the programme and current US scholars helped to make the evening fun a great success. The SSE gap year scholarships enable British and North American students to spend a year studying at a school across the Atlantic. If you would like more information or application forms, please contact Katherine Plummer at Dartmouth House.
SSE scholars in the courtyard of Dartmouth House
Oman's Historic Buildings On 8 November Dr Archie Walls, an architect who specialises in archaeological, architectural and restoration projects in the Middle East, and UK lectured to a capacity audience at Dartmouth House on Oman's Historic Buildings and their Foreign Relations.
The lecture covered a 3,000 year span and a geographical area stretching from Zanzibar to Iran and from Oman to Jordan and Iraq. A reception preceded the lecture and raised over ÂŁ1,700 towards the ESU Chilton Art History Scholarship.
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JANUARY Wednesday 10 January 10.30 - 11.30 am Coffee Morning at Dartmouth House for members and their friends. Contact: Jacqueline Abbott Wednesday 10 January at 7.00 pm ESU Schools’ Debate at Dartmouth House Contact: Vivienne Thomson Wednesday 24 January from 4.30 pm Mongolian Art Exhibition at Dartmouth House followed by a Cultural Evening at 7.00 pm with a talk and traditional Mongolian music. A reception will follow during which there will be a raffle of traditional Mongolian items. Tickets £10 to include a glass of wine. All proceeds will go to ESU Mongolia Contact: Katie Brock
FEBRUARY Thursday 1 February 12.30 for 1.00 pm Joint ESU-Pilgrims Literary Luncheon at Dartmouth House. Professor John Lukacs will speak on Churchill: the Historian. Churchill was very much aware of his dual role as both historian and politician. Professor Lukacs has written extensively about him. His latest Churchill book is Churchill: Visionary, Statesman, Historian (Yale 2002). Tickets: £35.00 Contact: Mrs T M Wells at The Pilgrims Tel: 01622 606404 Fax: 01622 606402 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday 7 February US v UK Debate The national debating teams of the US and UK will meet for this annual event which is kindly sponsored by the American School in London. The ESU is delighted to announce that the debate will take place at the American Embassy Contact: Vivienne Thomson
Monday 12 March at 3.15 pm Commonwealth Day Observance 2007 at Westminster Abbey Admission is free by ticket only. A limited number of tickets are available to ESU members. Names of all ticket holders must be submitted. Apply now for tickets which will be available at the beginning of March. Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope with your application Contact: Jacqueline Abbott Wednesday 14 March 10.30 - 11.30 am Coffee Morning at Dartmouth House for members and their friends Contact: Jacqueline Abbott Monday 26 March 6.00 - 8.00 pm All Alumni Reunion at Dartmouth House. 80th Anniversary SSE (BASS) and 20th Anniversary US Parliamentary Exchange (Capitol Hill). All Alumni are invited and guests are welcome. Guest tickets £15 Contact: Jo Wedderspoon
ADVANCE NOTICE Thursday 17 May International Public Speaking Competition Final. With over 60 participants from more than 30 countries this promises to be another exciting competition. Members are welcome to Dartmouth House to see the heats from 9 am. Tickets are also available on request for the Grand Final at 3pm at the American Embassy, Grosvenor Square, W1. Contact: Katie Brock Thursday 31 May - Monday 4 June The Launch of ESU Moldova will take place from 31 May 4 June inclusive, in Chisinau, with a cultural programme preceding the formal Launch, on 4 June. Contact: Katie Brock
Wednesday 14 February 10.30 - 11.30 am Coffee Morning at Dartmouth House for members and their friends. Contact: Jacqueline Abbott
MARCH Wednesday 7 March at 7.00 pm Dartmouth House Debating Society - Economics Debate. In association with the Institute of Economic Affairs For tickets contact Vivienne Thomson
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