British International School, Phuket Year 12 student Thanadon Tantivit (Albert) will compete at the Thailand national final of the English Speaking Union (ESU) Public Speaking Competition. The final, organised by the ESU together with the Ministry of Education, will be held in Bangkok on 30th March. Thanadon won his way into the national final by being ranked as one of the top ten participants of the 68 who competed in the semi-final round in Bangkok on Sunday, 21st January.
At only 16, Thanadon was one of the youngest competitors and went head to head against students from some of Thailand’s most prestigious universities. He drew on his previous experience of debating and skills learnt as a member of the BISP Public Speaking and Debating Club.
Thanadon presented a five-minute prepared speech to the given theme of “The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Invent It”. Judged by both his confidence in delivery as well as his content, Thanadon was selected to go through to the impromptu round where he had only 15 minutes to prepare a second speech on the theme “You are What You Read”. Both the judges and the audience were wowed by Thanadon’s articulate critique on the media’s portrayal of women in beauty magazines and advertisements.
Thanadon’s coach, Ms Leica Burley, Key Stage 3 Coordinator and English teacher at BISP, was very impressed with his performance.
“He is extremely perceptive about global affairs and can think creatively under pressure. He has taken every opportunity to learn and grow from the competition so far, and I look forward to his performance at the Grand Final,” she said.
The National finals are to be held in Bangkok on March 30, and the top ten students will present a prepared speech on the theme “Great Artists Have No Country”. Based on this speech, the top 3 students will go on to an impromptu round. The winner will be named the Thailand National Champion and will go to London in May of this year to compete at the international final.
This is the second year that BISP has been involved in this competition under the direction of Ms Burley. Last year, Year 12 student Rebecca Preen was chosen as the national finalist to represent Thailand. Click here to read about her experience in London.