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ESU Romania Students Set Their English in Action at Headquarters

ESU in New York has initiated a new English-language program in a collaboration with ESU Romania.  From July 16 to 26, ten high school students from ESU Romania practiced their English with American peers in New York City at ESU Headquarters and about the city at museums and cultural sites.

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ESU Members Travel to London to Participate in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

The ESU's Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebration tour to London in June gave thirty-seven American ESU members from 19 Branches the pleasure of being in the midst of Celebrations in honor of Her Majesty's 60-year reign.  Prominent in the party was President Emerita of The English-Speaking Union of the United States, Doe Thornburg (center, below).

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Oxford Opens Its Doors to ESU Scholars

Each summer, the University of Oxford welcomes ESU British University Summer School (BUSS) scholars to attend its International Summer Schools.  BUSS participants must be American high school teachers.  They return to their classrooms reinvigorated and armed with deeper knowledge.  For three weeks, they have the privilege of living and studying 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.  Some BUSS scholars opt to attend the International Politics Summer School at St. Antony's College, Oxford  specialising in international relations, economics, politics and history.  All of the new "Oxonians" have won full fellowships from their local ESU Branches to fund the course tuition, housing, meals and travel expenses.

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US Teachers Onstage in London!

While London is abuzz with Olympic fervor, twenty talented schoolteachers from the US are in the midst of their own physical and intellectual gymnastics on the stage of Shakespeare's Globe theatre in London as ESU British Universities Summer School (BUSS) scholars.  The "gold medals" they will bring back for their country and their students are new methods to teach Shakespeare's timeless works in classrooms across the United States.

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The New York Debate League at the Morgan Library

On June 16th at the Morgan Library in New York City, middle school students from the New York Debate League came together to honor Winston Churchill and the power of the English language.  Inspired by the words of Churchill, six students from the British International School of New York (New York City) and the Hackley School (Tarrytown, NY) participated in a public debate on the topic:  The government should restrict free speech during national emergencies.

Learn more about the ESU Middle School Debate Program

See video of the debate on YouTube

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Tiffany Ames Wins First Place in the ESU National Shakespeare Competition

With an impressive performance of the Jailor's Daughter from Shakespeare's The Two Noble Kinsmen and recitation of Sonnet 149, Tiffany Ames from Charlottesville, Virginia, a student of Tucker Winter at the Tandem Friends School in Charlottesville, took first prize in the 2012 English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition.  The Competition was held on April 23, Shakespeare's 448th birthday, on the Mitzi E. Newhouse stage at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City.  Fifty-eight winners of ESU Branch competitions nationwide participated in the competition.

View photos from the competition.
Read her blog about her trip to London.

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American Delegate to the International Public Speaking Competition Shares Her Experience from the Competition

Exploring a new place, whether it be a nearby town or a foreign country, is simply fun. It is engaging and exciting, everything feels like a new adventure. Now if you take this natural high of traveling and add 54 intelligent, charismatic, and curious young adults from completely different backgrounds, there are even more adventures to be had, stories to be told, and ideas to be shared.

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