Shakespeare Competition

The ESU National Shakespeare Competition is an enriching educational program centered around performance. High school students hone their analytical and communication skills by interpreting and presenting Shakespearean works at various levels – within their schools, communities, and even nationally. Since its inception in 1983, over 360,000 students have breathed life into the timeless works of Shakespeare. In 2024, the ESU New York City Branch proudly celebrates its 41st year of participation in the esteemed National Shakespeare Competition.

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English in Action

English in Action is a program that closely identifies with the needs of the growing immigrant population in New York City and throughout the U.S. English in Action pairs immigrant newcomers to the United States with fluent English speakers for one-on-one conversation sessions.

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Evelyn Wrench Lecture Series

The ESU New York City Branch is proud to host a variety of distinguished authors and scholars, including those featured in the prestigious Evelyn Wrench Lecture Series, named after our esteemed founder. These renowned British and American speakers deliver engaging programs on a diverse array of topics, such as current events, history, language, literature, art, architecture, and travel.

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Happy Hour Series

In response to the global pandemic caused by COVID-19, ESU members came together in July 2020 to launch the innovative Virtual Happy Hour Program. This program has been incredibly successful, attracting participants from around the world. The Virtual Happy Hour Program features guest speakers from diverse locations, all presenting live and free of charge through the Zoom platform. To add to the festive atmosphere, some speakers even recommend signature cocktails that attendees can create and enjoy at home while listening to the presentations. In addition to the engaging content, many speakers offer interactive opportunities for participants to win exciting prizes such as books and products. Furthermore, all Happy Hour events are recorded and made available for download to members and anyone interested in watching them on-demand. Join us for a unique and enjoyable experience that combines learning, networking, and fun in the comfort of your own home.

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TLab: Teachers Learning Abroad

Since 1957, the ESU has provided summer study abroad scholarships to middle and high school teachers at Oxford, Edinburgh and Shakespeare’s Globe in London.

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