English in Action (EiA) helps newcomers to the United States gain fluency and confidence in conversational English by pairing them with volunteer tutors for weekly conversation sessions. In addition to practicing the language without the fear of making mistakes, English in Action students learn about life in this country and teach their conversation partners about their own languages, lands and customs.
Every year, more than 500 students from some 50 countries and volunteer tutors are paired in the one-to-one program in New York City. Additional English in Action programs are administered by the ESU Branches in Central Florida, Central Pennsylvania, Columbus, Lexington, New Orleans, Portland, and Seattle.
On Friday, June 10th, English in Action feted the program's unit directors at a special luncheon, to thank them for the tremendous work they do. In addition to tutoring, each unit director runs an English in Action unit, matching dozens of conversation partners, keeping track of attendance, and providing guidance for the students and tutors. Over the past year, 448 EiA tutors have dedicated nearly 29,000 hours of service, under the able guidance of their unit directors, helping more than 680 students with their English. EiA has offered 26 training workshops to inspire them in their tutoring.
English in Action students and tutors talk about our one-to-one conversation program. WATCH THE VIDEO
"The relaxed atmosphere and the one-to-one conversations have helped me greatly. I thank you for the opportunity you have given me to improve my English."
– A Student