Course Description

This three-week course offers an opportunity to practice conversational English with other participants in structured speaking activities led by an experienced instructor in the Intensive English Program at Georgetown University. Participants will first be introduced to common discussion strategies such as offering an opinion, asking for clarification, and agreeing and disagreeing. Then participants will use these strategies in pairs and small groups as they engage in a variety of speaking activities on topics of interest, including current events, social issues, culture, politics, and more. Instructor feedback will be given on grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation during each class. YouTube, audio recordings, and online tools for grammar and vocabulary will provide support for some activities.

Course Prerequisites

I. Course Technology Requirement

This course will use remote delivery platforms until further notice. Classes will be held in a virtual setting using the Zoom platform. To participate in the class, students are required to have access to a high-speed internet connection, a webcam, and audio capability. A desktop or laptop computer is required.

II. Mandatory Placement Test Requirement:

All new students are required to take a placement exam before classes begin to determine their correct placement into the course section. After completing registration, you will receive a payment confirmation email including your placement test appointment. If you are unable to attend at the appointed time, you must contact Program Manager Regan Carver at 202-687-5978 or guELC@georgetown.edu immediately to make alternative arrangements.

Please note that your enrollment will not be complete until you take your placement test. All placement tests will be administered remotely using an online test. Students will be required to have access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection, as well as audio and video capabilities. Program staff will work with you to communicate additional technology requirements.

If your placement test results indicate that you do not meet the minimum English proficiency level required for admission for the program, you will receive a 100% refund of your course tuition payment minus a non-refundable $50 administrative fee.

III. Refund and Withdrawals:

There are no tuition refunds for drops/withdrawals requested four (4) or fewer calendar days before the published start date of the course section or after the course section has started. 

  • 14 calendar days or more before the published start date of the course section: 100% tuition refund less $50 admin fee
  • Between 14 and five (5) days before the published start date of the course section: 75% tuition refund less $50 admin fee
  • Four (4) or fewer calendar days before the published start date of the course section or after the course section has started: $0

Please contact SCS Student Accounts at noncreditaccounts@georgetown.edu if you have questions about your refund payment. Note: We do not allow deferred enrollment from one semester to another. Refunds will be credited back to the credit card used to make the payment 30 days after the drop has been processed.

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