ESU St. Louis Branch

A Message from the St. Louis Board

The English-Speaking Union of the United States is a non-profit, non-political educational organization founded in 1920, two years after an English-Speaking Union was launched in England.

Its mission initially was "to draw together in the bonds of comradeship the English-speaking peoples of the world."

The world has changed dramatically since then, but as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh wrote recently, the English-Speaking Union has managed to adapt to these changes so that the ESU has made "the transition from a union of friendship among speakers of English into a dynamic body devoted to the promotion of the use of English as a medium of international communication."

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News And Events

St. Louis National Shakespeare Competition


Students read, analyze, perform and recite Shakespearean monologues and sonnets in three qualifying stages: at the school, regional, and national levels. Approximately 2,500 teachers and 20,000 students in nearly 60 ESU Branch communities participate each year.

ALL EVENTS WILL BE HELD IN THE FONTBONNE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY AUDITORIUM

TIMELINE

  • Oct. 19, 2019 (9-11am)—FREE Teacher Workshop: how to help students prepare for the competition
  • Jan. 15, 2020—Deadline to register your school and hold your school competition
  • Jan. 25, 2020 (8am-1pm)—FREE student workshop conducted by previous judges toprepare for the regional competition
  • Feb. 29, 2020 (9am)—Regional Competition 
    • 1st place winner receives an all-expense-paid trip to New York City for national competition in late April, 2020
    • 2nd & 3rd place winners receive cash prizes

QUESTIONS? CONTACT shakespeare.stlesu@gmail.com

2019-2020 ESU National shakespeare competition: St. Louis branch

The 37th Annual ESU National Shakespeare Competition: St. Louis Branch will take place on February 29th, 2020 at 9:00 AM at Fontbonne University. The deadline for area schools to register is January 15th, 2020. The deadline for area schools to hold their competition is January 15th, 2020. Contact Dr. Janet Baldwin at shakespeare.stlesu@gmail.com. 

 

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English Soccer - a Global Business

John Lewington, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Maryville University


"English Soccer - a Global Business'"

Sunday, October 20, 2019

THE RACQUET CLUB LADUE
1600 Log Cabin Lane


Cocktails 12:30  ~ Lunch 1:00    
Members $45  ~  Guests $50

Dr. John Lewington is the retired Professor Emeritus of Marketing and Management, and Dean of the John E. Simon School of Business, Maryville University. With leadership from Dr. Lewington, the Rawlings Sport Business Management Degree was devised a decade ago and is the only corporate named degree program in the world. John continues to teach Global Business on Maryville's MBA program, and has served on the board of the World Affairs Council of St. Louis.  And he is, of course, a member of our St. Louis Branch ESU.

Through Maryville University, Dr. Lewington has participated in three sports' business study abroad programs to England (2017, '18 and '19). Because of the relationships he developed in England, Maryville student groups have been fortunate to receive insider presentations from the world's top two soccer clubs – Manchester United and Manchester City.

 

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Teacher Workshop

LEARN TECHNIQUES TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR
THE REGIONAL SHAKESPEARE COMPETITION
OF THE ENGLISH SPEAKING UNION (ESU)
Each year, the St. Louis Chapter of the English Speaking Union holds a regional Shakespeare Competition (grades 9 – 12) where the 1st place winner will receive an all expenses paid trip to New York City for the national
Shakespeare Competition. Two runners-up will win cash prizes.


The winner of the national competition will win a full scholarship to the Young Actor's Summer School at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England

Teacher Workshop Presenters:

DONNA NORTHCOTT
Associate Professor of Theatre, Lindenwood University • Founder & Artistic Director, St. Louis Shakespeare

MICHAEL B. MUSGRAVE-PERKINS
Theatre Teacher, Grand Center Arts Academy • Fmr. Teaching Artist, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

Planning assisted by PAULA HELLER, Registered Drama Therapist, & LAURA ENSTALL, Audition Coach & Owner of Audition Well, St. Louis

LIMITED SEATING! RSVP BY OCTOBER 12, 2019:

shakespeare.stlesu@gmail.com

 

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June Queen's Tea

 

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RICHARD MUELLER, PhD

History & Political Science Faculty, Retired
St. Louis University High School

"Crossing the North Atlantic on the Queen Mary 2"

Sunday, May 19, 2019

THE RACQUET CLUB LADUE  ~ 1600 Log Cabin Lane 

Cocktails 12:30  ~ Lunch 1:00
Members $45  ~  Guests $50

Dr. Richard Mueller, a native of St. Louis, is a retired history and political science instructor.  He has degrees from Saint Louis University, including a doctorate in American history and Asian studies. He taught at St. Louis University High School most of his career, and at several local colleges as an adjunct. He currently presents travelogues and downtown St. Louis walking tours for the St. Louis junior college district and Landmarks Association of St. Louis.

 

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The English-Speaking Union

St. Louis Branch

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Welcome to the ESU

The ESU celebrates English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and members.

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