On this page you’ll find everything you need to get started creating, managing, and facilitating English clubs wherever you are.
English clubs serve an important function in allowing participants to use and practice English in an informal setting. Some English clubs are held in classrooms, others in one of the over 700 American Spaces worldwide, and some are held weekly in people’s homes. Wherever they take place, they are sure to attract those that are excited to share stories, inspirations, and opinions while speaking English.
Below we have three online manuals that will inspire discussions about topics that impact a learning community and its members. Each manual is more than 200 pages long and has a specific audience: readers, members, and leaders. Each section is divided into four or more weeks of activities that will lead to thoughtful discussions during English Club meetings. For each topic, a brief introduction provides background information, followed by a skit and a simulated interview. Finally, participants will be guided through a series of questions to visualize and create positive changes in their communities. While the manuals do not focus on teaching English, all sections include some vocabulary and commonly used phrases. Participants may also find that their ability to have conversations in English will improve.
This handbook contains information about how to set up, manage, and lead Club meetings and activities. People who want to organize an English Club and the Club Leadership Team can read this to learn about how to organize Club meetings, techniques to use during Club meetings, problems and solutions for Club meetings, Strategies for active listening and brainstorming, and directions for organizing activities including skits, interviews, role-plays, debates, reading and writing activities, vision boards, and action plans.
This handbook has topics and activities for Club meetings. Members will read this manual during Club meetings based on the directions given by the Club Leader. Topics in this section include children’s rights, leadership, democracy, freedom speech, democracy, love and marriage, health, globalization, the refugee crisis, and the environment.
This handbook provides specific instructions, activities, and reading materials for participants wanting to improve their English reading abilities. Topics include strategies before reading, while reading, and after reading, strategies for viewing images and interpreting visual texts, and suggested topics for English Club settings.
This publication, available as a downloadable resource on americanenglish.state.gov and as a printed material through GPS [G1114-E] for only $3.85 is a condensed version of the three manuals above. This guide aims to provide strategies for creating and sustaining an English club by providing ideas that will excite, inspire, and encourage people to practice English and create positive changes in their communities. The focus of this guide is on practicing English, not on teaching English, although some sections include definitions of useful vocabulary and expressions.