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High Schools Invited to Participate in the 2014 ESU National Shakespeare Competition

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We invite schools serving Grades 9-12 across the country to celebrate Shakespeare's 450th birthday this year by participating in the 2014 ESU National Shakespeare Competition.

Read the following story to learn all about exciting developments for this year's program including new curriculum materials and National prizes for teachers.

In order to participate in the program, your school must register with the closest participating English-Speaking Union Branch. A list of participating English-Speaking Union Branches will posted online in late October/early November. 

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Teachers Ready for Fall After Summer Shakespeare Set Free Institutes

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Teachers practice performance-based teaching exercises at the 2013 Cleveland SSF Institute

More than 175 secondary school English and drama teachers are headed back to their classrooms energized and enriched with new methods for teaching Shakespeare to their students.  They learned these at the Shakespeare Set Free Institutes, two-day professional development courses offered by the English-Speaking Union and the Folger Shakespeare Library.  The program combines scholarship, performance and pedagogy with an emphasis on performance-based teaching that satisfies Common Core State Standards. 

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American Teachers, Recharged, Return to School with Fresh Eyes

The 2013 ESU British University Summer School scholars at Shakespeare's Globe in London, with ESU Chairman Josiah Bunting III (center, rear).

As summer 2013 begins, American teachers are arriving in Britain to expand their cultural and academic horizons as British University Summer School Fellows.  Since 1957, ESU Branches all over the country have provided American middle and high school teachers with the opportunity to study abroad at prestigious centers of learning – Oxford University, Edinburgh University and Shakespeare's Globe in London through this scholarship program.  The program fundamentally enhances teachers' careers and, in turn, enriches their students' lives.

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Josiah Bunting III Elected Chairman of The English-Speaking Union of the United States

Josiah Bunting III was elected Chairman of The English-Speaking Union of the United States at a meeting of its Board of Directors on June 11, and his two-year term of office began immediately.  Mr. Bunting was selected to lead the ESU for his experience as a scholar, educator, military officer, college president, author and speaker on education and Western culture.

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Xavier Pacheco from Corona, New York won first prize at the 30th season of the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition.  The Competition was held for 58 winners of ESU Branch competitions nationwide.  For placing first at the national competition, Xavier will attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art's Young Actors Summer School in London, England.

The runner up of the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, Anna Bortnick, representing the Boston Branch of the ESU, won a full scholarship including travel to the American Shakespeare Center's Theatre Camp in Staunton, Virginia.  Third place winner, Henry Ayres-Brown, representing the Greenwich Branch of the ESU, won $500 from the Shakespeare Society.

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