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English In Action

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, ColumbusLexington, New Orleans, Portland, and Seattle

English in Action News

A Big Thank-You to
English in Action 2015 Unit Directors

Standing, left to right: Mary Ann Tobon, Yuko Takei, Karen Ruelle, Atsuko Shio, Anna Karlovskaya, Miriam Herrera, Lauretta Horton, Molly McGrath, Angela Wilkins, Gayle Johnson, Sally Rosen, Barbara Small, Johnna Barto, Jocelyn Chait. Sitting, left to right: Naomi Stein, Rhona Lipton, Rosalyn Harber, Naseera Sheikh, Catherine Dinehart, Gloria A. Roberts. Missing from photo: Nicola Smith, Irene Douglass, Frank Katusak, Barbara Sutherland, Kyoko Yamada, Nancy Hornstein, Iris Warren, Stephanie Stern, Geraldine Barr.

English in Action unit directors were feted at the annual Unit Director Appreciation Luncheon on June 19th.  A lively group of 22 unit directors, assistant unit directors and orientation leaders got together for a delicious buffet lunch in the Garden Lounge of the ESU headquarters in New York City. This annual occasion is not only an opportunity for us  to show our gratitude to these hardworking volunteers, but is also a great time for the unit directors to network and exchange ideas and suggestions. This year, we had a brainstorming session with the goal of putting together a unit director handbook. 

Learning One Million Words: English in Action Interviewed by Voices of New York

English in Action students and tutors talk about our one-to-one conversation program.  WATCH THE VIDEO