ESU Cleveland Branch

                          the year of         SPECTACULAR SHAKESPEARE!

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1) Teacher Training

Taught by Shakespeare expert Ann Hasenorhl, the October seminar  covered so much material! It was great! More training to come that you can share. 

2) Fundraiser for the Shakespeare Competition

The Beefeaters' Ball dinner dance will be held at the prestigious Chagrin Valley Hunt Club on December 12.  Watch for your invitation in the mail. 

3) The buzz has begun

The British & Irish Hour (WCPN Radio) aired interviews with ESU President John Rampe and VP Cathy Fishbach regarding the coming Competition. 

4) Schools are joining!

Thirty-two high schools have signed-up and more knocking on our door. You have an opportunity to be an in-school judge to select a winner from each school. Hundreds of students will audition. 

— More news is developing weekly!  — 

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History of the ESU

The English-Speaking Union of the United States was created to fulfill a mission.  It was formally organized in the United States in 1920 and arose from the conviction of its founder, Sir Evelyn Wrench and a group of like-minded American and British friends, that maintenance of the close personal and national ties forged during World War I was necessary for the preservation of peace. He imagined the ESU as an inclusive organization "founded in no narrow attitude of race pride, in no spirit of hostility to any people."  Its educational mission would be carried out by a host of activities allowing for personal contact between peoples at every level.

The Cleveland Branch was founded in 1923 under President John A. Penton of the Penton Publishing Co. The Branch disbanded at the end of World War II, to be re-activated in 1960 under the presidency of Dr. Harlan Hamilton, Professor of English at Western Reserve University (now CWRU)

News And Events

ESU Page Scholar issues “Curious Fire”report on student motivation

Why can I hold fire in my bare hand?" Nial Pickering, London science teacher, asks students to ignite their curiosity about science. 

Last March he told the Cleveland Branch that his mission as ESU's Page Scholar was to compare how science is taught in US and English high schools. He affirmed that the best schools everywhere, regardless of public or private, aim to fire-up inquiring minds, rather than push students to memorize for a national test. 

Nial visited schools across the US, including four in Greater Cleveland. Here are highlights from his full report. 


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The ESU celebrates English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and members.

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