The English-Speaking Union of the United States: Education. Scholarship. Understanding.

Programs Overview

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English In Action

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English in Action is a program that matches newcomers to the U.S. with American volunteers for weekly, one-to-one conversation practice sessions.  EIA helps students master conversational English and fosters cross-cultural, global understanding through English.

Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center

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The Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center provides a welcoming and nurturing environment along with diverse educational, cultural and professional offerings. Recent immigrants will improve their English, gain essential skills and cultural fluency, and develop the networks they need to participate fully in American society and exercise the responsibilities of citizenship.

National Shakespeare Competition

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The English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition assists high school teachers across the country with their Shakespeare and language arts curriculum. Through the competition, students are encouraged to develop their communication skills and an appreciation of the power of language and literature. 

Teachers Learning Abroad

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BUSS is now TLAb! Teachers Learning Abroad-UK provides high school teachers with dynamic continuing education through study at prestigious British centers of learning – University of Oxford, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, University of Edinburgh, Shakespeare's Globe in London, and Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust.  TLAb-UK teachers return to their classrooms revitalized and inspired to apply their new teaching strategies, knowledge and international perspective.

Middle School Debate

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The ESU Middle School Debate Program is an ESU educational initiative in partnership with Claremont McKenna College's Middle School Public Debate Program, international leaders in middle school debate education.  The program is for students in grades 5 - 8 to help them develop critical thinking and language arts skills through public speaking. 

Luard Morse Scholarships

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The Luard Scholarships are merit awards for students at United Negro College Fund institutions or Historically Black Colleges and Universities, enabling them to spend a semester of their junior year at the British university of their choosing.  Luard scholars have studied at universities including Oxford, Cambridge and the London School of Economics, where they have performed with distinction as scholars and unofficial American ambassadors.

Secondary School Exchange

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Through The Secondary School Exchange, American, British and Argentine teenagers spend a postgraduate semester or year abroad on a full scholarship provided by participating schools.  Since 1928, thousands of students have participated, many describing the SSE Exchange as the most formative experience in their lives.

Walter Hines Page Scholarship

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The Walter Hines Page scholarship gives teachers the opportunity to explore and exchange educational ideas between Britain, Argentina and America. Scholars travel to the USA to study an aspect of education which is relevant to their own professional interests and development.  Page Scholarships are funded by the ESU of the Commonwealth, teaching unions Great Britain and ESU Argentina, and scholars are hosted by ESU members in the United States.  This international exchange of educational techniques and ideas benefits the educators -- and their students – on three continents.