To further recognise and celebrate these two significant milestones, ESB launched its Writing Competition to B2 and C2 level ESOL international learners across Greece. More than 700 learners entered the competition, encouraging them to boost their English Language skills and use their imaginative ideas to submit their entries answering the following task: 'As ESB International celebrates our 70th birthday and our 15-year relationship with Europalso, ESB is looking back at what it has achieved. We want you to look forward to 70 years in the future and ask yourselves – what will our world look like in 2093? Set out your vision for the future.' Europalso’s President, George Zikopoulos said: “This thought-provoking challenge mobilised our learners to put their skills into practice and incorporate their creativity and imagination into their language learning activities. Moreover, it gave our language schools an excellent opportunity to introduce the ESB assessments to a whole new category of students. This is the way forward. Happy 70th anniversary to our long-standing UK friend, ESB!” Out of the 700 entries, ESB’s panel of judges - made up from an experienced team of ESB markers and moderators - selected three winners, along with twelve special commendations. All entrants received a Certificate of Participation.

Ben and Tina with members of the Europalso board

For over 15 years, ESB and Europalso have been offering high-quality ESOL International assessments to over 230,000 young people throughout Greece. Adds Tina, “The response to the competition has been overwhelming! We can’t wait to see these same learners come back to complete their ESB exams in May and December this year, and we look forward to reading more excellent writing scripts!" If you would like to find out more about becoming an ESB centre for ESOL International qualifications, please email Our ESOL International assessments can be taken online by both UK and international learners.


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