Activities

ESU Mauritius: Calendar of Activities


1. The Public Speaking Competition

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This competition runs from January to March. The aim of this competition is to equip young students with the skills of thinking clearly, speaking persuasively and listening to the opinions of others critically and constructively. It enables young people to test and demonstrate their fluency in English.

The objectives of the Public Speaking Competition are three-fold, namely:

  • To provide young people with practical experience in the fundamental skills of public speaking;
  • To provide a focus for the learning of effective English and communication skills; and
  • To give students the opportunity to meet, exchange views and form friendship within the global village.

Over the years, we have witnessed a growing interest in the Public Speaking Competition.

Rules of the competition


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2. The National Spelling Bee Competition

This competition runs in May & June. Through this competition the ESU aims to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabulary, learn concepts and develop the use of English to a high standard and encourage them to raise their expectations in the pursuit of their choice of a career.

To-date this competition has been limited to students of Forms 1, II, III and IV but has been very successful, the number of participants growing steadily.

Heats are organised yearly in Mauritius within four geographical zones during the month of May.

Rules of the competition

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In 2009, a total of 437 participants from 117 schools, took part in the 8 th National Spelling Bee Competition.

A separate competition is run for Rodrigues in the month of June. All the five secondary schools from Rodrigues took part in the competition.

3. The Youth Commonwealth Competition

The Royal Commonwealth Society

The Young Commonwealth Competition : – MARCH

In Mauritius , the Commonwealth Essay Competition, recently renamed as “ The Young Commonwealth Competition ” is organized jointly by the Royal Commonwealth Society and the ESU.

The activities captured by this competition have been extended and now comprise (a) an Essay Competition (b) the Commonwealth Vision Awards for young film makers and, (c) the Commonwealth Photographic Awards to attract young photographers.

It is hoped that this competition will continue to act as an excellent educational project that offers thousands of young people across the Commonwealth a space within which they can (i) reflect upon their worlds (ii) articulate their thoughts and (iii) network.

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In 2009, 55 participants took part in the essay competition. There are four categories of participants : (i) Under 12 (ii) 12 to 13 years (iii)14 to 15 years (iv) 16 to 18 years.


4. Support to English teachers

THE 2011 E-TEACHER SHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME OFFERED BY THE US EMBASSY IN COLLABORATION WITH THE ESU

The Office of English Language Programs announces the seventh offering of its acclaimed E-Teacher online courses that train foreign English language professionals in the latest U.S. methods of English language teaching via distance education.

The E-Teacher Scholarship Program is designed to improve the quality of English language teaching throughout the world. Participants are English teaching professionals who receive instruction in the most recent English language teaching methods and techniques, while also being introduced to American educational values. Participants use innovative distance learning technology to interact with U.S. experts.

Participation is open to teachers who are members of the English-Speaking Union.

Tuition and materials for the 10-week courses will be paid by the U.S. Department of State.

Twenty-six of the E- Teacher course participants will be selected to attend a three-week professional development workshop in the U.S. in the summer of 2011.

For more information, please contact the English-Speaking Union.

Deadline for submitting nominations is July 12, 2010.


ESU AND GLOBE EDUCATION CULTURAL SEMINAR FOR TEACHERS AT SHAKESPEARE GLOBE

This part-scholarship is specifically aimed at teachers for whom English is a second language. The one-week seminar provides teachers with insights into the crafts involved in creating a production for the Globe Theatre.  Participants are introduced to Globe Education’s approaches to teaching Shakespeare and meet and work with Globe Theatre staff and Globe Education practitioners. Teachers, better than anyone, know the challenges involved in bringing texts to life


We are delighted that Mrs Anitah Aujayeb of Gaetan Raynal State College has been awarded the part-scholarship for the ESU Globe  Education Cultural Seminar which is to be held at the Shakespeare’s Globe, London from 8th to 14th August 2010.


This year, delegates will attend three of the Globe’s productions.  They will meet and work with members of the Globe Theatre Company to explore how productions at the Globe are conceived and mounted.  They will also have the opportunity to discuss the place of Shakespeare in their respective countries and classrooms.


5. ESU Essay / Drawing Competition 2010

TO MARK THE BI-CENTENARY OF THE ARRIVAL OF THE BRITISH IN MAURITIUS, THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION IS ORGANIZING AN ESSAY AND A DRAWING COMPETITION.

THEME: THE CONQUEST OF MAURITIUS BY THE BRITISH : A BLESSING IN DISGUISE OR A TRAGEDY?

Age groups for essays:

  • Class A: 16 to 18 years (1400 – 1750 words)
  • Class B: 14 to 15 years (1200 – 1500 words)
  • Class C: 12 to 13 years (500 – 700 words)
  • Class D: 10 to 11 years (300 – 500 words)

Age groups for drawing: Same as above: Drawings should be the original work of the participant on A3 size paper

The essay competition aims at:

  • Promoting the use of English as a the world language of communication
  • Encouraging participants to reflect on the history of Mauritius
  • Encouraging creative writing

The drawing competition aims at developing creativity and stimulating imaginative drawings with an historical background

Rules of the Competition

6. ESU Annual Dinner

It provides an opportunity to members meet people from different backgrounds, broaden their social network and, it welcomes guests who may meet members and learn about the ESU.


Other activities include

  • Cultural programmes & educational exchanges designed to foster international links / networking.(link to www.esu.org)
  • Debates, talks, lectures & seminars, social gatherings