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Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center News

166 new immigrants graduate from the Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center – June 8, 2018

 Graduation is a memorable moment for all students, but for the 166 graduates from the Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center (ARNIC) on May 31, this achievement was especially significant. ARNIC graduates are unique in that they are all new immigrants who attended a free, yearlong scholarship program through English in Action.

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ARNIC Facebook Group Created on Facebook – March 29, 2018

ARNIC is pleased to announce the creation of a Facebook Group for ARNIC members. Join this group to stay in touch with past and present ARNIC members, share stories and photos from our events and get updates about ARNIC activities.

Click here to join the ARNIC Facebook Group.

Upstander Intervention workshop – November 21, 2017

On November 9, ARNIC hosted an Upstander intervention workshop, where members, tutors and staff learned how to stand up against harassment in their communities. You can read more about the workshop in Voices of NY

Three ARNIC Members Win NYU Essay Competition – March 16, 2016

This year three members of the Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center (ARNIC) at the English-Speaking Union (ESU) won the prestigious essay competition of The Literacy Review journal published by New York University Gallatin School of Individualized Studies. Read full story.

ARNIC Celebrates its second graduating class -- June 8, 2015

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. Read full story.

ARNIC Supports the 1st Annual Immigrant Heritage Month – posted June 9, 2014

Today the English-Speaking Union (ESU) announced its support of the first ever Immigrant Heritage Month, an initiative organized by the, a non-profit that is partnering with corporations, media outlets, organizations, celebrities, athletes, faith, civic, and political leaders to gather and share inspirational stories of American immigrants. Read full story.

Learning One Million Words: ARNIC Interviewed by Voices of New York – May 30, 2014

Maya Ogibalina may not know more than a few thousand words in English but she knows enough to make a joke or two.

Although the exchange may not mean much to her native English-speaking customers, Ogibalina's ability to play with words is one of many new things she can do after a year of studies at the Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center. Read full story.

Members of the Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center Visit Nation's Capital – May 21, 2014

On April 28 and 29 a group of new immigrants, members of the Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center (ARNIC) of the ESU visited Washington, DC. The trip was part of ARNIC's civil and cultural education initiative. Through trips to landmarks, museums, parks, historical buildings and notable organizations in New York City and beyond these new Americans learn about American culture, history, arts, governance and citizenship. Read full story.

Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center Celebrates First Anniversary – April 3, 2014

The English-Speaking Union Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center celebrated its inaugural year with a graduation ceremony for its first graduates on April 1, 2014. The event was generously hosted by the Open Society Foundations at their offices in New York City. Read full story.

English in Action Expands to Include New Immigrant Center – January 15, 2013

We are proud to announce that the ESU has been given a tremendous opportunity to expand our English in Action program and provide more services to recent immigrants on the path to American citizenship. The Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center (ARNIC) is named for the program's instigator and major supporter (pictured above). It will provide a diverse collection of educational, cultural and professional offerings tuition free to help immigrants in need improve their English, gain essential skills and cultural fluency, and develop networks they need to fully participate in American society and exercise the responsibilities of citizenship. Read full story.

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English in Action Conversations News

English in Action Conversations Facebook Group Created – March 29, 2018

English in Action Conversations created a Facebook Group to connect with volunteers and students, share stories and stay up-to-date with news about the program.

Click here to join the Facebook Group.

English in Action featured by the BBC – April 13, 2016

English in Action tutor, Ronald Blumer, recorded the happy chatter of EiA conversation partners during his Tuesday evening unit at the ESU in New York City. The BBC's World Update: Soundscapes made it part of their live broadcast. Click here to listen.

Jasem Harari in the New York Times – January 16, 2016

Read EiA student Jasem Harari's story published in the New York Times. Read full story.

Tutor Toolkit created in memory of Marian Siegel – July 10, 2015

The Marian Siegel Tutor Toolkit is named in memory of a beloved English in Action tutor who passed away in 2012. One toolkit is available for each conversation unit to share among its students and tutors.

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Luard Morse Scholarhips News

Final report from Luard Morse Scholar Leondre Ramsay – August 1, 2018

Leondre Ramsay recently completed a semester at University College, London. Read his final blog post, along with some photos of his travels. Read Full Story

Final report from Luard Morse Scholar Serena Newberry – June 28, 2018

Serena Newberry recently completed a semester at Goldsmith's University, London. Read her final blog post, along with some photos of her travels. Read Full Story

Mid-term report from ESU Luard Morse Scholar Serena Newberry – April 18, 2018

The past four months have been so amazing, that it took me two days simply to decide where to begin on this mid-term report. Given that the main purpose of studying abroad is to learn, I will begin with my classes. I read many plays for my Shakespeare course. The professor was very passionate about the material, and our class took a trip to the Shakespeare Globe Theatre. I am going back to see the play Much Ado About Nothing in a few weeks. I was also able to take my learning outside of the classroom for my Sensibility & Romanticism course. After discussing the poems of John Keats, I visited the poet's home in Hampstead Heath. Read Full Story

Serena Newberry written up in The Oakland Press – January 2, 2018

The Oakland Press covered Serena Newberry, a 2018 ESU Luard Morse Scholar who is beginning her semester abroad at Goldsmiths, University of London. Read full story about Serena, including information about the non-profit she started with her mother and sister.

Leondre Ramsay Mid-Term Report, Fall 2017 – posted November 16, 2017

My time here in the United Kingdom has been a truly significant learning experience. My courses began last week at University College London. My professors and the courses themselves are all quite interesting and engaging. I am enrolled in International Security, Welfare Politics, British Politics, and Justice & Public Policy in the Political Science department here. I have had ample time to get accustomed to the new environment during Arcadia's orientation program as well as during UCL's international student orientation program. I also was able to spend some time with family that lives here in London prior to the start of the semester which was more than I could have asked for. Read full story

Adaya Sturkey's Report from the UK, Spring 2017 – November 8, 2017

Retrospection is always so enlightening. I prepared to go to Oxford a few short months ago and while I was prepared to have somewhat of a "life-changing" experience, no amount of preparation could have gotten me ready for the friendships formed, the knowledge gained and the shift in perspective that resulted from spending a semester abroad. Read full story.

Talia Sharpp's Report from the UK, Spring 2017 – July 5, 2017

I had the wonderful opportunity to study at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London for the spring 2017 semester.  Here, I completed courses focused on international migration, political economy, global decolonization movements, and global wars.  Studying in the U.K. was a lot different from studying in the U.S.  Whereas at my home university students met with our professors for lecture 2-3 times per week, in the U.K. lectures were once a week and tutorials led by graduate students were once a week.  I loved my tutorial experience as it was here that I truly got to interact with my peers and delve into the readings and lectures.  In tutorials students led the discussions and debates which forced us to be accountable for our learning experiences. Read full story

2017-18 ESU Luard Morse Scholarship Recipients – January 20, 2017

Ms. Serena Newberry, an English Education and Pre-Law major from Southfield, MI, a student at Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA, and Mr. Leondre Ramsay, a Political Science major and Community Development minor from Tallahassee, FL, a student at Howard University, Washington, DC, have each been selected as recipients of an English-Speaking Union Luard Morse Scholarship. Read full story

2015-16 Luard Morse Scholar Laura Campbell's "Reflections from Across the Pond" – November 18, 2016

My Oxford experience provided me with the valuable exposure needed to make me globally competitive and increased my appreciation for the world's diverse peoples. My Neuroscience and Brain and Behavior tutorials equipped me with the confidence to speak with even the best neuroscientist. The challenges I faced to prove I was "Oxford smart" in my Physiology tutorials taught me that an unbeatable work ethic conquers all. Meanwhile, my Human Ecology tutorial influenced the way I plan to practice medicine in the future by inspiring me to become a physician that also uses foresight. At the end of both terms, I relished the fact that I truly earned every A mark I received. Read full story

2016-17 Luard Morse Scholarship Recipients Announced – November 18, 2016

The ESU is proud to announce that Talia Sharpp, a Political Science Major from Broadview, Illinois, and Adaya Sturkey, a Biology Major from Marion, South Carolina, both students at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, have been selected as this year's recipients of the English-Speaking Union Luard Morse Scholarship. The scholarship provides $25,000 toward one semester of study at any university in the United Kingdom during the 2016-2017 academic year. Read full story.

2015-16 Luard Morse Scholars Pre-Departure Interviews – November 15, 2016

Luard Morse Scholars Allyson Carpenter and Laura Campbell talk about their expectations prior to studying at the University of Oxford. Read full story.

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Middle School Debate News

279 students debated for 6,900 minutes at the English in Action Middle School Debate Championship

May 11, 2018 -- Should reptiles be pets? Should the Olympics include video games? Should the US adopt a guaranteed minimum income level? These are just a few of the topics middle school students debated during the English in Action Middle School Debate Championship Tournament on May 5 in New York City. 279 debaters from 33 schools from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia, Maryland and Colorado converged at the Nest +m public school to participate in the seventh annual tournament. Read Full Story

Horace Greeley Team Wins 2017-2018 HSPDP Championships – May 1, 2018

On Saturday, April 21st, the team of Krishna Ramaswamy, Claire Weis, and Dorothy Low won the 2017-2018 HSPDP Championship event held at the Rim School of the World School in California. Horace Greeley won a 2-1 decision as the opposition against Polytechnic High School on the impromtu motion. Read Full Story

Moore County Middle Schoolers Compete in Debate Tournament

March 26, 2018 -- It might be another decade before they can run for political office, but the students of Moore County's post-millennial generation are learning to make their voices heard.

Students from Elise, Southern Middle, Highfalls, New Century, West Pine Middle and St. John Paul II Catholic School competed this past week in the annual middle school debate tournament co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Pinehurst and Sandhills branch of the English-Speaking Union at Sandhills Community College. Read Full Story

Debate Team from the Hackley School wins 2016 English-Speaking Union Middle School Debate Championship Tournament

June 29, 2016 -- The English-Speaking Union Middle School Debate Program capped off a successful fifth year with its annual Championship Tournament, which took place at Stone Bridge Middle School in Allentown, NJ, on April 16, 2016.  All six ESU Middle School Debate Program leagues participated bringing together 250 debaters from 29 schools from New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. Read Full Story

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Team from The Hackley School wins ESU MSPDP National Championship

May 30, 2015 -- 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. Read Full Story

Click here to see photos from the event.

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Debate and Leadership – May 21, 2015

Girls I knew who would freak out before every presentation were now walking with their heads held high. Debate took shy, timid students and turned them into forces to be reckoned with. Read Full Story

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ESU Middle School Debate Finishes Third Year in Grand Style – May 30, 2014

The ESU Middle School Debate Leagues capped off a successful third year with a Public Debate in New York City and a National Championship Tournament at Claremont McKenna College. During "The Great National Security Debate", students discussed the proposition, "In the case of the United States government, transparency is more important than security". Read Full Story

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ESU Sponsored Debate Teams Win National Tournament

May 30, 2013 -- Hunter College middle school debate teams, members of the New York Debate League, won the top awards at the Middle School Public Debate Program National Championship Tournament on April 20th in Claremont, CA.  The New York Debate League, sponsored by the ESU, participates in the Claremont McKenna Middle School Public Debate Program, which hosted the national tournament. Read Full Story

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National Shakespeare Competition News

C-Ville – July 18, 2018

"Ti Ames loves William Shakespeare. Or rather, Ames loves the plays of William Shakespeare.

It's a love that started when Ames played a fairy in The Tempest at Live Arts at age 9, and it grew when, at 16, Ames became the first black actor to win the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in 2012.

Now 23, Ames loves how Shakespeare's verse feels alive like a heartbeat and its ability to "make people feel something more than they have ever felt" in a single moment.

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The Two River Times – May 18, 2018

"Most people have a difficult time reading Shakespeare's writings, let alone speaking them in front of their peers while being judged. But Red Bank Catholic senior Devlin Stark isn't most people. Devlin proved so comfortable with the Bard's works, she became a semifinalist in the English-Speaking Union 35th annual National Shakespeare Competition, which earned her a trip to Lincoln Center in New York City at the end of April. There Devlin competed on stage against 54 other high school students from around the U.S., reciting Sonnet No. 50 and delivering Anne's monologue from Richard III." -- Read Full Story

Arizona Jewish Post – May 18, 2018

"Miriam Arden placed as a semifinalist at the 35th Annual National Shakespeare Competition in New York City on April 23, Shakespeare's birthday, competing against 55 students from around the country. " -- Read Full Story

Greensboro News & Record – May 13, 2018

"Abby Burris from Weaver Academy placed as a semifinalist at the 35th annual National Shakespeare Competition, competing against 55 students from around the U.S., on stage at the Mitzi Newhouse Theater in Lincoln Center in New York and hosted by the English Speaking Union." -- Read Full Story

New Orleans Advocate – May 9, 2018

"Rohan Padmakumar, a student of Beau Bratcher's at Lusher Charter School in New Orleans, placed as a finalist in the English in Action National Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 23, Shakespeare's birthday." -- Read Full Story

Florida Times-Union -- May 7, 2018

"All hail Katherine Moody of Stanton College Preparatory School for reaching the semifinalist stage of the recent National Shakespeare Competition in New York City. As Shakespeare himself might write, Katharine was "a hit, a very palpable hit" throughout the Shakespearean competition!" -- Read Full Story

Arizona Daily Star -- May 6, 2018

"Foothills student reaches Shakespeare semifinals. Miriam Arden, 16, a junior at Catalina Foothills High School, has made it to the semifinals of the National Shakespeare Competition in New York's Lincoln Center." -- Read Full Story

Desert Sun -- May 1, 2018

"Palm Valley student Jackson Dean last week became the first acting student in Coachella Valley history to win the national Shakespeare Competition sponsored by the English-Speaking Union at Lincoln Center in New York.

Now he's experiencing life in New York's Washington Heights district. He's in the ensemble of the College of the Desert production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop and salsa-infused musical, "In the Heights," playing Thursday through Sunday at the McCallum Theatre." -- Read Full Story

The Monroe Post -- April 25, 2018

"Elias Owens, a senior and student of Regina Darling from Penfield High School, was awarded second place overall at the National Shakespeare Competition. 

This is the first time in the three-decade history of the Rochester Shakespeare Competition that its winner was one of the national finalists. In taking second place in the national event, Owens was awarded a full scholarship to the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp in Staunton, Virginia.

Owens is planning to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theater from the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music starting this fall." -- Read Full Story

WHAM, ABC 13 -- April 25, 2018

"A Penfield High School student made it all the way to the finals in a national competition centered on William Shakespeare! Elias Owens represented Rochester in the 35th Annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition. He and 55 others from around the country, and Elias earned second place in the competition." -- Read Full Story

Notre Dame News -- April 19, 2018

"When Tiana Mudzimurema joined the Robinson Shakespeare Company at the University of Notre Dame Robinson Community Learning Center in 2010, she knew very little about William Shakespeare or his work — she was just following in her older sister's footsteps." -- Read Full Story

New Orleans Advocate -- April 18, 2018

"Lusher High School Theater: Rohan Padmakumar, who studies theater with Beau Bratcher at Lusher Charter School in New Orleans, will be competing in the English in Action National Shakespeare Competition in New York City on April 23." -- Read Full Story

Buffalo Seminary -- April 17, 2018

"Sarah Hamdan '18, student of Susan Drozd from Buffalo Seminary won first place at the Buffalo Branch National Shakespeare Competition on February 24, 2018. Senior Sarah Hamdan will travel to New York City along with 56 other contestants from around the country to participate in the English in Action National Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City on April 23, 2018." -- Read Full Story

Best of New Orleans: Gambit -- April 16, 2018

"Rohan Padmakumar, a Lusher Charter School student, will travel to New York City on April 23 to participate in the English in Action National Shakespeare Competition" -- Read Full Story

Santa Monica Daily Press -- April 9, 2018

"Thumbs up to the Shakespeare Competition continuing in town for its 34th chapter last week. Held at Greenwich Library's Cole Auditorium, the event featured 17 students from nine high schools reciting monologues." -- Read Full Story

Greenwich Time -- April 4, 2018

"If all the world's a stage, then Judy Durkin is one of its best players in the realm of Shakespeare performances. The Samohi senior recently beat out over 20,000 students to advance to the National Shakespeare Competition finals where she'll represent Santa Monica and Los Angeles County later this month in New York." -- Read Full Story

Greenwich Time -- March 28, 2018

"Against the dusty rose wall panels of Cole Auditorium stage, 17 students from nine high schools performed their best Shakespeare soliloquies Wednesday.

With no props, no costumes, and judges blinded to the students' ages and schools, raw emotion was thrust into the air — in the form of flying hands, archaic Shakespearean swooning, mournful pining and clever insults." -- Read Full Story

AH Herald, Monmouth County -- March 15, 2018

"Devlin Stark, student of  Mary King from Red Bank Catholic won first place at the National Shakespeare Competition Monmouth County Branch tournament. Devlin will travel to New York City along with more than 50 other contestants from around the country to participate in the ESU National Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center Theater in New York on April 23, 2018." -- Read Full Story

The Kansas City Star -- March 7, 2018

"Channeling The Bard: Harrisonville High School sophomore Michael Schuhler represented his school at the 34th annual Shakespeare Competition at the Kansas City Public Library." -- Read Full Story

Greenwich Sentinel -- March 7, 2018

"Twenty students, chosen through preliminary school competitions throughout Connecticut, will present a twenty line monologue and sonnet at the 34th Annual Shakespeare Competition." -- Read Full Story

ABC News 13, WHAM Rochester -- March 4, 2018

"All the world was a stage for some local students Sunday at the Rochester High School Shakespeare Competition. Many took on the complex monologues and sonnets from classics like "Romeo and Juliet" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in front of a panel of judges." -- Read Full Story

The SEM Weekly -- February 26, 2018

"Senior Sarah Hamden took the stage in SEM's chapel, winning the 2018 Niagara Frontier Shakespeare Competition, reciting Sonnet 23 and arguably the most famous Shakespeare monologue of all time, Hamlet's "To be, or not to be." -- Read Full Story

Mena FN -- February 14, 2018

"Students from thirteen high schools including a home school student are preparing in preliminary competitions at their schools. This annual event is designed to develop students' speaking and critical thinking skills as they explore the beauty of the language and the timeless themes in Shakespeare's works." -- Read Full Story

The Pilot -- February 13, 2018

"Celebrating one of the language's most prolific playwrights, contestants in the National Shakespeare Competition brought the drama to their interpretations of The Bard at The Village Chapel." -- Read Full Story

Greensboro News & Record -- February 4, 2018

"The English Speaking Union Greensboro Branch will sponsor its 28th Shakespeare Competition with area high school students." -- Read Full Story

The Licking News -- January 31, 2018

"Eight students from the drama class were brave enough to perform Shakespeare monologues in front of judges! Students chose a 20 line Shakespeare monologue, translated the Old English words, looked up how to say them, then memorized the Old English words." -- Read Full Story

The Tribune-Democrat -- January 28, 2018

"St. Francis University will host the English Speaking Union Central Pennsylvania Regional Shakespeare Competition." -- Read Full Story

Greenfield Daily Reporter -- January 17, 2018

"Attendance at the annual Shakespeare Monologue Competition is a step back more than 400 years ago to the Elizabethan era, a time of royalty, elegance, rich foods and, of course, Shakespeare and theater." -- Read Full Story

Times Virginian -- January 17, 2018

"Students from Rockbridge, Rockingham, Appomattox and Augusta County high schools will compete in the ESU Lexington Branch Annual Shakespeare Competition" -- Read Full Story

San Francisco Branch -- May 11, 2017

"It's hard to imagine Ogechi Egonu showing anything less than maximum enthusiasm, much less being rendered speechless." -- Read Full Story

San Francisco Branch -- May 9, 2017

"A graduating senior of the private San Domenico School in San Anselmo captured top honors at this year's English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in New York City." -- Read Full Story

Kansas City Branch -- May 3, 2017

With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Trevon Wainwright from Kansas City, MO, a student of David Luby at Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts in Kansas City, won third place in the 34th annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition. -- Read Full Story

 Newport Branch -- April 21, 2017

"For the second year in a row, high schooler Steven Rosario is repping RI at the National Shakespeare Competition in NYC." -- Read Full Story

Sandhills Branch -- February 28, 2017

"Memorizing 30 to 50 lines that bear little resemblance to modern speech was only the start of preparations for the six high school students who competed in Saturday's Shakespeare competition held by the [English-Speaking Union] Sandhills branch." -- Read Full Story

Delaware Branch -- February 7, 2017

"Cape Henlopen High School Theatre senior Hannah Lowe won first place in the Delaware state division of the [English-Speaking Union] National Shakespeare Competition January 28." -- Read Full Story

Lexington Branch -- January 30, 2017

"Donna Boyd is the winner of the English-Speaking Union Lexington Branch 2017 Shakespeare competition held January 21 at the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton." -- Read Full Story

Newport Branch -- April 26, 2016

Shakespeare in South Providence: How one student broke out of his shell to become a rising star on Providence's youth stage. -- Read Full Story 

Cincinnati Branch -- June 8, 2016
Forest Hill Student Places in Shakespeare Competition at New York's Lincoln Center -- Read Full Story 

Princeton Branch

May 9, 2016 -- Rockaway student hones his Shakespeare skills -- Read Full Story

June 8, 2016 Rockaway's Connor Vasile competes in national Shakespeare competition in NYC -- Read Full Story

Tucson Branch -- May 9, 2016

Ironwood Ridge student named semifinalist in Shakespeare event -- Read Full Story

IRHS thespian impresses before graduation  -- Read Full Story

Naples Branch -- May 10, 2016

Fort Myers student named semi-finalist in Shakespeare contest -- Read Full Story

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Secondary School Exchange News

Edmundo OrtizEdmundo Ortiz '18 named English-Speaking Union Scholar – Rabun Gap, Georgia – April 26, 2018

Edmundo Ortiz '18 is headed across the pond for a once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity as an English-Speaking Union Secondary School Exchange Scholar.

The appointment grants Ortiz a full scholarship to spend a year between high school and college at a British boarding school. Next year, he will study at Eastbourne College in East Sussex, England. He has already been accepted to Bowdoin College, a top liberal arts college located in Brunswick, Maine, for the 2019-2020 academic year and plans to study English, philosophy, and politics. Read Full Story

Thanksgiving 2018 at Dartmouth House, London – December 1, 2017

Every year, ESU Secondary School Exchange Scholars from the United States studying in the United Kingdom travel from across the UK to gather at the English-Speaking Union in London for a Thanksgiving Celebration at Dartmouth House.  The scholars have been in the UK since early September studying at nine schools in England, Scotland, and Wales as a part of the SSE program.  SSE Scholar Anna Brummeler is keeping a photo blog this year - check it out hereRead Full Story

SSE Scholar Arrives to Emma Willard School – Jan 5, 2017

SSE Scholar recently arrived from the UK to Emma Willard School in Troy, New York for a two-term exchange, pictured here with Jamie Hicks-Furgang, Head of Enrollment Management and Kent Jones, Director of College Counseling. Read Full Story

SSE Scholars Thanksgiving Gathering -- November 28, 2016

Each year the ESU London branch generously hosts a Thanksgiving dinner for the SSE Scholars studying abroad in the UK.  Arielle Paré shared some photos of the event.  Arielle is also keeping a blog of her experience in the UK this year - check it outRead Full Story

Thanks to our Secondary School Exchange Donors – November 27, 2016

The ESU gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the following donors whose support helps make the Secondary School Exchange program possible.

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SSE Scholars 2016-17 – November 24, 2016

The ESU congratulates the current SSE Scholars who are studying abroad in the UK and Argentina for the 2016-17 academic year. Read Full Story

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Travel and Learn Abroad News

Greensboro News & Record -- April 18, 2018
"The English Speaking Union Greensboro Branch is offering a $2,700 scholarship to a high school teacher in Guilford or an adjoining county to study with TLab in the summer of 2019.

Selected universities include Oxford University, University of Edinburgh and Shakespeare's Globe. Teachers who are interested should call 336-294-9177 for an application form.

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Palm Beach Post -- April 18, 2018
"Liesel Winchester was selected by the English-Speaking Union to study at Oxford University in England this summer. The organization welcomes scholarship applications from Palm Beach County teachers who wish to study abroad." Read Full Story

Jennie Wright

Bossier Press-Tribune -- April 10, 2018

Jennie Wright will definitely have a summer to remember. Wright, AP and English IV teacher at Parkway High School, is the recipient of a scholarship that allows her opportunity to study at Exeter College in Oxford (England). 

The ESU Travel and Learn Abroad scholarship offers her the "opportunity of a lifetime."

"I am way beyond excited," Wright said.

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Covington High's Gary Mendoza wins coveted spot in Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Gary Mendoza, who also mentors students to compete in the annual Shakespeare Competition, will head to London for the program this summer thanks in part to the English Speaking Union of the United States [ESUUS], which provided the New Orleans chapter scholarship. Read full story.

Meriden Teacher Will Study Shakespeare in London

Ethan Warner from Platt High School is sponsored by the Greenwich branch of the English-Speaking Union to attend the "Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance" workshop. Read full story.

Writing Takes Former Memphis Resident to United Kingdom -- Memphis Democrat

The English-Speaking Union St. Louis Branch named Janet Trueblood Baldwin Heptig a BUSS Fellow, enabling her to study at Exeter College this summer. Read full story.

Teachers: The Real American Idols -- Orlando Sentinal

Five outstanding educators from Central Florida have been awarded 2013 British University Summer School Scholarships in 2013. Read full story.

Find out more about the English-Speaking Union Central Florida Branch here.

Oxford Opens Its Doors to ESU Scholars -- Summer 2012 

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. Read full story

I am excited to infuse what I have learned into teaching my Contemporary America, Sociology, and American History students....  Here at Oxford, the academic program is complimented so well by the social environment.  My peers in the program are a diverse group of dedicated, interesting scholars from very different places and careers.  I cannot express enough thanks for the opportunity the ESU has given me to participate in this program. 

Stephanie Ryan, ESU BUSS Scholar and teacher at Greenwich High School, Connecticut

In July 2011, Anna and Don Carlson participated in Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance, presented by Shakespeare's Globe in partnership with the English Speaking Union. In their twenty-plus years of teaching, mostly at Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, they had not experienced anything like it. Anna teaches middle school drama, and Don teaches upper school literature and serves as department chair. He also sponsors the ESU Shakespeare Monologue Competition, their entree to TSTP. They also co-direct a three-week summer Shakespeare workshop for teens. Read full story

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