English for Policy and Leadership Development

PES Program Spring Semester: English for Policy and Leadership Development

Individuals who enroll in the spring semester program learn principles of organizational behavior, public policy, and non-profit administration with a focus on leadership and community engagement. Program participants will also engage in independent field work involving the government or non-profit sector.  They will have opportunities to visit government agencies at the local, state, and federal level in the region. 

Participants may 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 reading, writing, listening, speaking, and presentation skills, as well as a level of self-confidence enabling participants to continue to advance in their selected fields.

Features of all Professional English Studies Courses
  • 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 BankInter-American Development Bank and other local, national, and international organizations.
  • Network and interact with local native English speakers in professional settings. 
Extracurricular Options


Sample Schedule: 

  • Professional Applications in Reading and Writing (ARW, 10 hours/week) provides extensive practice to polish reading, writing and research skills. Participants identify and explore a range of public policy matters pertinent to their particular interests and conduct a needs analysis for a locally based non-profit organization.
  • Leadership and Discussion Seminar (LDS, 6 hours/week) refines 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) gives PES participants a hands-on introduction to community engagement and volunteerism as important values in American culture. With guidance from a Georgetown instructor, participants will have opportunities to use their English in service projects and volunteer events; they will hear from guest speakers about the role of community engagement and service in leadership development; and they will work together to design a campus fundraiser for cancer research. Participants will reflect on their experiences and their real-world use of English through short writing assignments, group discussions, and a formal presentation.

 Weekly Workshops and Events
  • University Application Workshops: Information sessions and individual counseling for students planning to apply to U.S. colleges and universities.  Identify appropriate colleges, write personal statements, and gather and submit required documents to complete the application process.  
  • Pronunciation Workshops: Practice the sounds and rhythms of English.
  • Coffee Hour: Students and faculty gather for conversation at this popular weekly event hosted by the EFL office.