About Us & Activities

History of the ESU

The English-Speaking Union of the United States was created to fulfill a mission.  It was formally organized in the United States in 1920 and arose from the conviction of its founder, Sir Evelyn Wrench and a group of like-minded American and British friends, that maintenance of the close personal and national ties forged during World War I was necessary for the preservation of peace. He imagined the ESU as an inclusive organization "founded in no narrow attitude of race pride, in no spirit of hostility to any people."  Its educational mission would be carried out by a host of activities allowing for personal contact between peoples at every level.

The Central Florida Branch supported the following programs in 2015-2016:

  • Middle School Battle of the Books - National "brain bowl" style competition
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages - Student Achievement Awards
  • Florida Council of Teachers of English - Student Writing Awards at Annual Convention
  • The Young Compan Scholarship, Orlando Shakespeare Theater
  • The Wild Horse Tales Literacy Project - Orange County Schools, Title 1
  • E-SU Page Scholar Program
  • NCTE Convention Scholarships
  • Central Florida Debate Initiative - Local Middle-High School Debate Program
  • Winter Park high School Student E-SU Branch
  • Shakespeare with Heart - Joint program between the Orlando Shakespeare Theater and United Cerebral Palsy
  • Educational Programs at Hannibal Square Heritage center, Winter Park, FL
  • Orange County Schools Alternative Education 

Our Activities


National Shakespeare Competition

Teachers Learning Abroad (formerly known as BUSS)
 
 

The English-Speaking Union

Central Florida Branch

Central Florida Branch Landmark Photo

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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