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The English-Speaking Union of the United States is a network of 68 Branches throughout the country, whose members celebrate English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators and members.  The ESU seeks to nurture and enhance our linguistics heritage through nationally administered programs and outreach.

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News And Events

There's no arguing: Debate in the Classroom

"Debate: Where Speaking and Listening Come First" by Carol Losos (ESU Director of Educational Programs) and Dee Burek (President, ESU Garden State Debate League) was published in the peer-reviewed National Council of Teachers of English journal Voices from the Middle (September 2014).    To listen to the benefits of debate, click here

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ESU Italy Launch and International Council Meeting

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Teachers Receive 2014 Karen Jeff Scholarships

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Four New York City Department of Education teachers were awarded Karen Jeff Scholarships to attend this summer's Shakespeare Teacher Intensive: Romeo and Juliet, a two-day professional development program, held at the ESU National Headquarters in New York City.

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Summer Shakespeare Teacher Intensives

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Secondary school English and drama teachers from across the country are headed back to their classrooms energized and enriched with new methods for teaching Romeo and Juliet to their students.  They learned these at the Shakespeare Teacher Intensives, two-day professional development courses offered by the English-Speaking Union and the Folger Shakespeare Library.  The program combines scholarship, performance and curriculum with an emphasis on performance-based teaching that satisfies Common Core State Standards.  Over the years, more than 750 educators from 26 states and their thousands of students have benefited from the program. 

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All the Worlds a Stage for 2014 ESU BUSS Scholars at Shakespeare's Globe

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ESU Executive Director Christopher Broadwell (far left) and ESU Director of Education Carol Losos (sixth from right) onstage at the Globe with 2014 BUSS Scholars

Twenty-four school teachers from across the US participated as ESU British University Summer School (BUSS) scholars in the Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance program at Shakespeare's Globe theatre in London this summer. The Globe is a reconstruction of the Elizabethan playhouse on the River Thames that was originally built in 1599. Many of the BUSS scholars were able to attend on full scholarships granted by their local ESU Branches. They will return to their classrooms this fall equipped with new, performance-based methods to teach Shakespeare to their high school students in the US.

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