About Us & Activities

English In Action Conversations

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English in Action is a program that matches newcomers to the U.S. with American volunteers for weekly, one-to-one conversation practice sessions.  EIA helps students master conversational English and fosters cross-cultural, global understanding through English.


Long-time ESU member and EiA tutor, Kay Tousley with her students at Portland's EiA weekly class. Approximately 40 students attend the class each week. EiA in Portland has met every Saturday morning for over 25 years.  From left to right are: Mizuko Ikeda, Tetsuhiro Fujiyoshi, EiA tutor, Kay Tousley and Leo Maeda


The English-Speaking Union

Portland Branch

Portland Branch Landmark Photo

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.