On April 23 finalists of the 2014 National Public Speaking Competition were invited to a luncheon at the residence of US Ambassador Jeffrey Levine. Here is what Gertrud Metsa from Tartu Hugo Treffner Gymnasium had to say about the event.
Since I can’t remember my own birth, yesterday had been one of the most prominent days of my life. I will probably never forget that I had the privilege to not only meet but to have lunch with Jeffrey D. Levine. The ambassador was a humble and lively man with unquenchable curiosity and a very good taste in watches. Topics at the lunch table ranged from videogames, language skills to college choices. I hope the tradition to have lunch with the six finalists from the National Public Speaking Competition continues, as it will give the competitors something else, except winning, to look forward to.
On March 1 the 6th National Public Speaking Competition was held at Tallinn English College. 45 participants from 31 different schools of Estonia and about 80 supporters and guests came to enjoy the speeches.
In preparation for the first English Speaking Union of Estonia Schools Speaking Competition a meeting of English teachers from participating schools was held on 22nd January in Tallinn.
The meeting was addressed by Michael Wynne-Parker, a former Governor of the ESU of the Commonwealth who has had a long experience of the Schools Speaking Competition both in the UK where he has been Chairman of a local branch, Regional Chairman and Deputy National Chairman and Sri Lanka where he co-founded the ESU and held office as Chairman during which period over 5000 young Sri Lankans aquired a communicative skill in English and finally participated in and won the International Final of the Schools Competition in London against 43 other National teams.
Mr Wynne-Parker spends part of each year in Estonia which he uses as his writing base.
He is the author of four books and at present working on his fifth-a biography.
At the teachers meeting Mr Wynne-Parker outlined both something of the 80 year old history of the ESU and also the background to the Competition.
He described the Theme, aims and rules of this years Competion and provided constructive ideas relating to speech content and delivery.
Following his presentation many questions were asked and arrangements for the Tallinn heat to be held on March 12th were discussed.
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