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Volunteer Appreciation Week

The English-Speaking Union would also like to thank each and every one of you for the time and dedication you put into making English in Action such a meaningful program. The improvements that our students make in their English conversation skills shows just how effective you all are. 

This is a very encouraging thought. According to StreetWise Partners, "volunteering is down significantly," and has been decreasing nationally over the past 5 years. However, English in Action as a volunteer program has been lucky enough to see a growing interest in participation. 

Our volunteers build strong relationships with their students and grow together each week. I think this important fact draws volunteers to this program and keeps them coming back year after year. On average, English in Action clocks in 38,000 hours of conversation each year.

Tell us how you feel about English in Action. What does it mean to you?

Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week!


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2024 ESU National Shakespeare Competition New York City Branch Finals


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MASQUERADE: the Lives of Noël Coward by Oliver Soden

MASQUERADE: the Lives of Noël Coward
by Oliver Soden

Evelyn Wrench Lecture

In Partnership with the Noël Coward Foundation

Date: March 26, 2024

VIP reception: 5:30PM

Event: 7:00PM - 8:00PM

Place: ESU National Headquarters, 144 East 39th Street

Member Ticket: $25

Non-member Ticket: $30

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The 2024 ESU National Shakespeare Competition Starts Now!

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We are pleased to announce the kick-off of the ESU's 2024 National Shakespeare Competition! Schools in our region may enter now, giving students the opportunity to compete in the New York City Branch Competition.  The winner of the branch competition will move on to the national finals at Lincoln Center on April 15!


Wrench Lecture: The Duke and Duchess of Windsor in Exile - After the Abdication

Welcome Back to the Refreshed English Speaking Union of the United States National Headquarters in New York City

Hosted by the New York City Branch please join former ESU Exchange Scholar and National Wrench Speaker Andrew Lownie for an interesting talk on The Duke and Duchess of Windsor in Exile - After the Abdication.

144 East 39 Street (bet Lexington and Park) 

Date: September 20, 2023 6 to 8

Reception at 6PM with brief presentation on highlights of ESU activities for 2023-2024 year followed by the lecture and Q&A at 7PM in Garden Lounge. 

Members $25 Non-members or Guest $30 (all proceeds from the event will go to support our Educational Programs in the New York Area.)

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The English-Speaking Union

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Welcome to the ESU

The ESU celebrates English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and members.

To find out more about our programs click here.