Certificate in Certificate in Professional English Studies

Curriculum

You can enroll in either the fall or spring semester programs, or they may choose to enroll for both semesters.  Courses provided each semester are designed to develop your reading, writing, listening, speaking, and presentation skills, as well as to instill greater self-confidence so you can continue to advance in your chosen field.

Benefits of the Professional English Studies Program

  • Study in small classes
  • Learn from experienced and dedicated faculty
  • Focus on overall fluency in English while improving listening, speaking, reading and writing skills
  • Attend lectures and events at the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and other local, national, and international organizations
  • Network and interact with native English speakers in professional settings

Fall Semester: English for Business Purposes

As a participant in the fall semester program, you’ll learn principles of American business practices and have opportunities to network and interact with native English speakers in professional settings. You’ll analyze case studies, develop business plans, and explore topics such as microfinance, negotiation, and business ethics.

  • Written Communication in Business (WCB, 10 hours/week) focuses on improving your reading and writing skills in business situations. You’ll read a variety of business texts and write memos, proposals, case study analyses, and executive summaries.
  • Advanced Oral Communication Skills (ACS, 6 hours/week) focuses on listening and speaking effectively and accurately at conferences, at meetings, and in other work settings. You’ll prepare and present news briefings, business plans, and more.
  • Supervised Field Experience: Professional Networking (SFE, 4-6 hours/week) gives you the opportunity to, with guidance from a Georgetown instructor, explore D.C. area events that focus on your particular areas of interest.  At each event, you’ll practice your listening, note-taking, and networking skills in a professional setting.  Course instructors will help you to identify and register for events, coach you on networking skills, and guide you as you prepare for group and individual presentations that articulate what you have learned and observed through the field experience.

Spring Semester: English for Policy and Leadership Development

As a participant in the spring semester program, you’ll learn principles of organizational behavior, public policy, and nonprofit administration with a focus on leadership and community engagement. You’ll engage in independent field work involving the nonprofit sector and have opportunities to visit government agencies at the local, state, and federal level. 

  • Professional Applications in Reading and Writing (ARW, 10 hours/week) provides extensive practice on polishing your reading, writing, and research skills. You’ll identify and explore a range of public policy matters pertinent to your particular interests and conduct a needs analysis for a locally based nonprofit organization.
  • Leadership and Discussion Seminar (LDS, 6 hours/week) is designed to refine your oral communication skills as they relate to conversation strategies, networking and team building, discussion facilitation, and professional presentation design and delivery.
  • Supervised Field Experience: Community Engagement (SFE, 4-6 hours/week) offers a hands-on introduction to community engagement and volunteerism as important values in American culture. With guidance from a Georgetown instructor, you’ll have opportunities to use your English in service projects and volunteer events; hear from guest speakers about the role of community engagement and service in leadership development; and work together to design a campus fundraiser for cancer research. You’ll reflect on your experiences and your real-world use of English through short writing assignments, group discussions, and a formal presentation.