ESU Cleveland Branch



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.

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News And Events

Annual Meeting - June 26

Please make your reservation for the Shaker Country Club. Officers and Directors will be elected. New programs will be announced. The winner of Cleveland's Shakespeare Competition will present her winning monologue. The new Membership Directory will be available. A video will feature highlights of the past year. 


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What a teacher learns at the Globe theater will surprise you

Cleveland'sBUSS Scholar 2015 is Ms. Theresa Lee Jenkins (Fowler), Lake Ridge Academy, North Ridgeville. She has been a teacher for four decades. She shares her London adventure in this report.

"Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance" at Shakespeare's Globe theater in London provided many lessons. I learned by seeing plays as a groundling, studying with outstanding performers, and acting on the Globe stage!

But the most surprising lesson was to experience the overwhelming process through the eyes of a student.


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The English-Speaking Union

Cleveland Branch

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Welcome to the ESU

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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