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ESU Branches to Send 40 Teacher-Scholars to the UK for Summer Study

 

The Teachers Learning Abroad - TLab program has long provided American high school teachers the opportunity to continue their education at prestigious centers of learning in the United Kingdom.  This summer, 20 English-Speaking Union Branches will send 40 teacher-scholars to summer programs at the University of Oxford, Shakespeare's Globe Theater in London, and the University of Edinburgh.

Summer 2017 represents a particularly exciting time for TLab teacher-scholars. Each teacher has selected and applied to a program of their choosing, and their ESU scholarship will cover all or portions of tuition, room and board and, in some cases, travel to the UK. Teacher-scholars will spend between two and three weeks in active study and will return home to begin a new school year invigorated and equipped to share their newly acquired teaching and learning strategies with colleagues and some 4,000 students.

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          Remembering Andrew Romay                         1922 to 2017

The Board and staff of the English-Speaking Union, with sorrow and sincere gratitude, remember the life and work of our beloved benefactor Dr. Andrew Romay, who passed away early this morning, February 10, 2017. 

Andrew Romay's favorite project was the program that is named for him, the English-Speaking Union Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center (ARNIC), and he wanted it to be his legacy for many years to come. Please support ARNIC today to honor Andrew Romay's memory and his wishes, donate here. 

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The ESU Supports Immigrants, Asylum-seekers, and Refugees

For nearly a century, the English-Speaking Union has employed English as a catalyst to foster global understanding and good will through educational opportunities and cultural exchange.  The ESU is an inclusive organization, in the words of our founder Sir Evelyn Wrench,  "founded in no narrow attitude of race pride, in no spirit of hostility to any people."

In today's shrinking world dominated by dollars and digits, unprecedented migration and bloody national borders, the ESU remains committed to improving the lives of new immigrants to the United States.

Since 2013, nearly 1,000 recent immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers from 66 different countries have been welcomed as members of the English-Speaking Union Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center. The Center provides a welcoming environment, resources and information to help immigrants improve their English to explore work and study opportunities, network, pursue citizenship, and acquire cultural fluency in order to participate fully in American society.

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Announcing: New Study/Travel Courses in the UK for Teachers and ESU Members – at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Shakespeare's Globe, Oxford University and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford upon Avon!

The ESU has expanded its study abroad programs: Teachers Learning Abroad - UK.  In addition to the time-tested British University Summer School scholarship programs for teachers, TLab-UK offers new week-long courses, created exclusively by and for the ESU, which are open to teachers across the country as well as ESU members and life-long learners. The new TLab courses provide affordable educational / travel opportunities, unique to the ESU's heritage.  Course descriptions are posted on the ESU website, but here is the list of TLab-UK course offerings for 2017:

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Announcing: Luard-Morse Scholars for 2017-2018

NEWBERRY AND RAMSAY WIN $50,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS
TO STUDY IN ENGLAND AS 2017 LUARD MORSE SCHOLARS

                              
                Mr. Leondre Ramsay                        Ms. Serena Newberry     

New York City: Ms. Serena Newberry, an English Education and Pre-Law major from Southfield, MI, a student at Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA, and Mr. Leondre Ramsay, a Political Science major and Community Development minor from Tallahassee, FL, a student at Howard University, Washington, DC, have each been selected as recipients of an English-Speaking Union Luard Morse Scholarship.  Christopher Broadwell, Executive Director of the English-Speaking Union, announced the winners, noting that each scholar will receive $25,000 toward a semester of study at any university their choosing in the United Kingdom during the 2017-2018 academic year.

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Holiday Celebrations at ESU-English in Action

The English-Speaking Union celebrated the end of 2016 with two joyful holiday festivities for the ARNIC and EiA communities.

On November 21st, the English-Speaking Union hosted a special Thanksgiving feast to introduce members of its Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center (ARNIC) and guests to this most iconic of American traditions. Three ARNIC alumni, Mohamed Berrakaoui, Leo Borello, and Alyona Glushchenkova, spoke to the assembly. They thanked Dr. Andrew Romay, founder and primary sponsor of ARNIC, for his support and shared their experiences in ARNIC that have helped them find paths to success in the US.  Each of them explained that this was the first time they had made public speaches in English. 

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Welcome Reception for British Consul General

On November 7, 2016, the ESU formally welcomed Antonia Romeo, the new British Consul General in New York with a reception at the ESU House hosted by ESU Chairman, Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill CBE KSt.J, and Executive Director, Christopher Broadwell.

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"What Should I Do?" ARNIC Theater

Members of the Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center (ARNIC) once again demonstrated their extraordinary talents when they work and staged a premiere production of a new play at the English-Speaking Union. The play, "What Should I Do?" was written and directed by Gyunhyeong Kim and performed by Nataliia Omelchenko and Mamadou Diabate.

Reflecting their experiences as new immigrants, the play throws a spotlight on a moment when we stand at the crossroads of life: the stark choices which face us all and which, as one character put it, define "our short and irreversible lives." We watch as two people wrestle with this dilemma: Patricia (Nataliia), a talented painter who aspires to be an actress, and John (Mamadou), an acting coach, frustrated in his search for a talented acting pupil but discovering the gifted artist before him.  

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The 2016 English-Speaking Union Annual Conference

The 2016 English-Speaking Union Annual Conference, hosted by the Central Florida ESU Branch, drew members from all over the country to the Sheraton Orlando North Hotel in Maitland (Winter Park) for an enjoyable and productive weekend October 13 – 15, 2016.  Business sessions included a meeting of the National Board of Directors, a working conclave for the National Board and Branch Presidents, and meetings of the ESU Branches by Region.  The 96th Annual General Meeting of the English-Speaking Union took place on Saturday, October 15.

The primary function of the National Board meeting was adoption of the English-Speaking Union Strategic Plan for English in Action which the Board had developed during the prior year, and which will guide the ESU's organizational activities through the next five years.  Discussion of the Strategic Plan and final steps in the restructuring of the Branches into Limited Liability Companies formed agenda discussion items for the Board and Branch Presidents Conclave. 

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ESU Marks Shakespeare400 with Exclusive Summer Teacher Programs

The English-Speaking Union celebrates Shakespeare400 this summer with its BUSS scholarship program, sending 24 American middle and high school teachers to the UK to explore the Bard's legacy.  

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