The English-Speaking Union of the United

English In Action 1-to-1 Conversations

Become a Student

How do I become a student?

To join EiA as a student, you must attend an orientation session

To sign up for a free orientation session, please fill out this form. If you have problems or questions, email Karl Hart

As an English in Action Student, you will:

  • Gain confidence in speaking English
  • Overcome the fear of making mistakes
  • Increase your vocabulary
  • Improve your pronunciation
  • Become familiar with American idioms
  • Learn about life in the United States and teach your American partners about your country and customs

Information about becoming a student

Who can register for English in Action?

Students must have a basic understanding of English and be able to read and write in English, in order to register for English in Action. Only adults may register.

How often does English in Action meet?

Students meet with their tutors once a week for two hours. The annual registration for the program can be renewed each year. It is good for up to one year of conversation practice, with a break during the summer.

When and where does English in Action meet?

English in Action is offered Monday through Saturday. Evening sessions are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. All English in Action sessions meet at locations in Manhattan. Read the full schedule here.

How much does it cost?

There is an annual registration fee of $385. Students may pay by cash, check, money-order or credit card.  Students cannot be matched with tutors until they have paid the registration fee. Some scholarships are available.

Do I need to buy any books for English in Action?

This program focuses on improving speaking and listening skills, and is tailored to meet the needs of individual students. It is not a formal class. We do have a library with ESL texts available for use by students and volunteers. We also encourage students to bring any materials that may be of particular interest to them to English in Action for discussion.

How soon can I start English in Action?

After a student registers, we begin looking for a tutor immediately. There may be a short wait, but once a student is placed in English in Action, he or she is guaranteed a tutor.

When can I register?

New students can register for English in Action at any time of the year except during our summer break (July - August).