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The English-Speaking Union of the United States is a network of 68 Branches throughout the country, whose members celebrate English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators and members. The ESU seeks to nurture and enhance our linguistics heritage through nationally administered programs and outreach.

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News And Events

British Universities Summer School Fellowships 2015

Medha Kirtane (ESU Princeton) and Courtney Powers (ESU Greenwich)

This summer, the University of Oxford has welcomed 19 American teachers as English-Speaking Union British University Summer Schools (BUSS) scholars to its International Summer School program.  For three weeks, these American middle and high school teachers study English Literature, History, Politics and Society, or Creative Writing at Exeter College. Founded in 1314, Exeter is one of the oldest and most esteemed colleges at Oxford.

Medha Kirtane, a teacher sponsored by the ESU Princeton Branch currently studying Religion and Politics of the Middle East and the Politics and Economics of Globalization reports "The breadth of the academic focus, the curiosity and passion of my fellow peers, the rich learning environment and the access to great books and resources have really excited and humbled me. I have already experienced the freedom of fresh thoughts and provocative ideas that will stimulate my teaching."

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ESU New York Team Wins Middle School National Debate Championship

On May 29th at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City the facts flew back and forth between students from the the Hackley School of Tarrytown, New York, and the Pegasus School of Huntington Beach, California, who were vying to become the 2015 National English-Speaking Union -Middle School Public Debate Program Champions. Arguing in support of the motion "The United States should abolish the death penalty," Hackley convinced the panel of three judges to award them First Place.

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ESU Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center Celebrates its Second Graduating Class

On May 21 the English-Speaking Union Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center celebrated its second year with a graduation ceremony hosted by the Open Society Foundations, financial supporters of the program, at their offices in New York City.

The Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center (ARNIC), named for the program's key visionary and supporter, is committed to improving the lives of recent immigrants by providing resources and information to help them improve their English, assistance in exploring work and study opportunities, networking, and acquiring cultural fluency so that they may participate fully in American society. Launched in January 2013, the ARNIC Program has served more than 400 new Americans.

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Teenager from Hawaii wins ESU National Shakespeare Competition

(l to r - Third place winner, Elizabeth Mears, winner Sarah Spalding and Second place winner Evelyn Johnson)

New York City, April 27, 2015 -- With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Sarah Spalding, a student of John Watt at Mid-Pacific Institute in Honolulu, won first prize at the 32nd annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition. The Competition was held on April 27th at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City for 57 winners of ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Sarah had previously won the ESU Hawaii Branch regional competition. Her prize for placing first is a full scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art's Young Actors Summer School in London, England.

The runner up of the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, Evelyn Johnson, representing the Philadelphia Branch of the ESU, won a full scholarship to the American Shakespeare Center's Theatre Camp in Staunton, Virginia. Third place winner, Elizabeth Mears, representing the Boston Branch of the ESU, won $500 from The Shakespeare Society.

The finalists were:

Alfred Bardwell-Evans - Charlottesville Branch
Angelo Chukwudebe - San Francisco Branch
Hale Stewart - Phoenix Branch
Koria Johnson - Sandhills Branch
Andrew Davis - Austin Branch
Harry Thornton - Chicago Branch
Willington Vuelto - New York Branch

View photos of the 2015 National Competition. 

Watch videos of the 2015 Competition Finalists.

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ESU Sponsors 236 Middle School Debates at East Coast Championship Tournament

On April 18, 2015, the English-Speaking Union, along with its partner the Middle School Public Debate Program, welcomed 282 students from 31 schools in six states to the Hackley School in Tarryton, NY.  These students participated in 236 rounds of debate.  Teams from the Hackley School and Rachel Carson Middle School in Herndon, VA advanced to the Final Championship Debate where they sparred over the topic:  The US should pay ransom for hostages.

The Championship Tournament was the culmination of a year-long initiative sponsored by the English Speaking Union in New York and New Jersey, and is part of the national Middle School Public Debate Program.  Attending the tournament were public, charter and independent schools from inter-scholastic Leagues in New York City, Monmouth County, NJ, Washington, DC and New Orleans.  Over 100 teachers and parents joined the students on April 18th to serve as volunteer judges. 

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