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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

Luard Morse Scholarship awarded to Allyson Carpenter and Laura Campbell

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Allyson Carpenter and Laura Campbell

Allyson Carpenter, a Political Science Major/Community Development Minor, and Laura Campbell, a Biology Major/Chemistry Minor, both at Howard University in Washington, D.C., have been selected as this year's recipients of the English–Speaking Union (ESU) Luard Morse Scholarship.  The scholarship provides $25,000 towards a semester of study at an English university during the 2015-16 academic year.

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The New Book Press Provides Prizes for All ESU National Shakespeare Competition Teachers

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The New Book Press is offering prizes to all high school teachers participating in the 2015 English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition. They publish the digital series WordPlay Shakespeare (eBooks of the Bard's plays featuring video performances of a whole play alongside the complete text). 

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The New York Times features ESU Middle School Debate

The ESU is pleased to share today's The New York Times article, "A Diverse Mix of Pupils, Learning Civilized Dissent," featuring the ESU Middle School Debate program's New York Debate League. Now in its fourth year, the program, designed to help young adolescents develop critical thinking and language arts skills through public speaking, has reached more than 2,300 students in grades 5 to 8 in New York and New Jersey. There are nearly 900 individual debates through this program annually.

The article underscores one of the Middle School Debate program's strengths—bringing together students from various backgrounds that, as Brianna Scott (a seventh grader at Success Academy Harlem West) says, "prepare[s] you to go out into the world."

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The ESU National Conference and Annual General Meeting

The ESU Conference in Newport, Rhode Island, which took place on October 17 - 19, drew the largest number of members to a conference in years, topping out at 140!  Nearly every Branch was represented, and we enjoyed the participation of more Branch leaders than usual, as they were specifically invited to a day-long Conclave of Branch Presidents and National Board Members that took place just prior to the Conference.

Our Newport Branch hosts, led by Branch President Jan Slee and Conference Committee Chair Patricia Woods, produced a most enjoyable series of programs through the weekend.   Click Here to see photos

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Visit with our Educational Partners in Britain

This past July, ESU Executive Director Christopher Broadwell and Director of Educational Programs Carol Losos traveled to Great Britain to introduce themselves to our educational partners there, including the British Universities Summer School (BUSS) professors and administrators at Oxford University and Shakespeare's Globe in London – as well as our counterparts at the ESU of the Commonwealth at Dartmouth House.  Here is their report:

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