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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 2016 Unit Directors

Front row, left to right: Iris Warren, Gloria Roberts, Mary Ann Tobon Back row, left to right: Johnna Barto, Naomi Stein, Catherine Dinehart, Atsuko Shio, Karen Ruelle (EiA Manager), Naseera Sheikh, Flora Ferrara, Yuko Takei, Carol Losos (ESU Director of Education) 

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. 

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