BBC Entertainment and ESU Public Speaking awards

International Public Speaking Competition continues in Hungary with new support

As in previous years, the Public Speaking Competition, now with a new title here in Hungary – The BBC Entertainment and ESU Public Speaking awards – is open to students aged 16-20 in full time education.

A big thank you is due to all of the sponsors:

the English Speaking Union, BBC Entertainment, Magyar Telekom, the British Embassy, the British Council, the Robert Burns International Foundation and Oxford University Press

Pictures from PSC final 2011


Döbrösi Laura Anna

Alternatív Közgazd. Gimn., Budapest.

Runner up:
Gyuris Katinka

Fazekas, Debrecen

Travelling to the UK
The winner and runner up will go on to compete in the English Speaking Union’s International Public Speaking Awards in London from 23-28 May 2011 where the title will be ‘WORDS ARE NOT ENOUGH’.

3rd place
Feh?r Tibor – De?k Ferenc Bilingual Sch., Szeged
4th place
Noll-Batek Krist?f ?ron – Comenius, Sz?kesfeh?rv?r

Semi-final 1 – other qualifiers for final 8
Vida Anna – Megyerv?rosi Iskola, ?rp?d fej. G?I, P?cs
R?nai Eszter – Fazekas, Budapest
Semi-final 2 – other qualifiers for final 8
Varga Vanda – V?r?smarty, Budapest
Kov?cs P?l – Babits, P?cs

Congratulations to all of the other semi-final contestants not qualifying for final 8. The standard was very high and any of the competitors would have been capable of representing Hungary.

Ballab?s Fl?ra – Pet?fi Gimn., Budapest
Zakota M?rk – SEK, Budapest
Madai Nikolett – Kr?dy, Gy?r
Budav?ri Anna – V?r?smarty, Budapest
Dezs?nyi Bal?zs – Fazekas Gimn., Budapest
Szepesv?ri P?lma – T?parti Gimn., Sz?kesfeh?rv?r
Horv?th Rich?rd – Lehel Vez?r, J?szber?ny
Geng Ferenc – German School, Budapest

The administration of the event was handled by:
Robert Burns Nemzetkozi Alapitvany
H-1062 Budapest, Bajza u. 54. I. em. 1/A
Registered Foundation number: 9.Pk.60.142/2005/4.
Tax Number: 18117486-1-41

(Note: Hungarian tax payers are able to donate 1% of their tax to a Foundation of their choice and we would ask you to donate to the Robert Burns International Foundation, which raises money for Children’s hospitals in Hungary, if you do not donate already. This costs you nothing but benefits the children of Hungary)

Thank you to all of the local round organisers and thank you all too for the photos which have been sent. They will appear here on the website shortly.
We would also appreciate photos of any local rounds to publish on the website.

Details of the international PSC can be found at:[…]

Public Speaking Training:
To assist both teachers and students training sessions with expert trainers are being organised. There are separate sessions for both pupils (intermediate level and above as these will be conducted in English) and teachers of English. Click below for further information on these trainings.

Friday 4th March – Nyiregyhaza
Friday 11th March – Budapest

Further training will continue throughout the year so keep your eyes on this website for further details.

Students were marked on their approach to the speaking topic, expression and delivery, and can choose from the following diverse themes:

– Celebrities are not born, they are made
– Are comedians becoming too offensive or are we taking ourselves too seriously?
– Is life becoming too dangerous?
– Are we becoming too desensitized to crime and violence?
– Does TV distil or improve our general knowledge?

Participants took part in a series of local heats in the lead-up to the national semi-finals and final on Saturday 16 April 2011 at Magyar Telekom Headquarters, H-1013 Budapest, Krisztina krt. 55. The organisers would like to thank Telekom and BBC Entertainment for their sponsorship and support.

The international final showcases the very highest standard of public speaking by young people from around the globe and gives students an opportunity to understand each other’s different backgrounds and cultures. Last Year’s Hungarian winner, Eszter Gelsi said “my biggest dream seemed to become reality”.

BBC Public Speaking Awards poster