The English-Speaking Union of the United


English In Action

How to Join English in Action

Information for joining as a student
Information for joining as a tutor

English in Action (EiA) helps newcomers to the United States gain fluency and confidence in conversational English by pairing them with volunteer tutors for weekly conversation sessions. In addition to practicing the language without the fear of making mistakes, English in Action students learn about life in this country and teach their conversation partners about their own languages, lands and customs.

Every year, more than 500 students from some 50 countries and volunteer tutors are paired through the program in  New York City.

Interested in setting up a new EiA Unit?

We are eager to bring English in Action to more communities across the five boroughs. Is there space available in your community center, workplace or place of worship? A room and chairs are all that's needed! Please contact Karen Ruelle at for more information.

Not in New York City?

There are several English in Action units at ESU branches throughout the United States. Check to see if there is an EiA unit in your area