English for Business Purposes

PES Program Fall Semester: English for business purposes

Individuals who enroll in the fall semester program learn principles of American business practices and have opportunities to network and interact with native English speakers in professional settings. They will analyze case studies, develop business plans, and explore topics such as microfinance, negotiation, and business ethics.

Participants may enroll in either the fall or spring semester programs, or they may choose to enroll for both semesters.  Courses provided for 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 Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and other local, national, and international organizations.
  • Network and interact with native English speakers in professional settings.
Extracurricular Options


Sample Schedule:


  • Written Communication in Business (WCB, 10 hours/week) focuses on improving students’ reading and writing skills in business situations. Students will 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, meetings, and other work settings. Students will prepare and present news briefings, business plans and more.
  • Supervised Field Experience: Professional Networking (SFE, 4-6 hours/week) allows PSE participants, with guidance from a Georgetown instructor, to explore DC area events that focus on participants’ particular areas of interest.  At each event, participants practice their listening, note-taking, and networking skills in a professional setting.  Course instructors help participants to identify and register for events, coach them on networking skills, and guide participants as they prepare for group and individual presentations that articulate what they have learned and observed through the field experience.


  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.