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English With Purpose helps international professionals who are working for a better world communicate in English with confidence.

We do this through live online group classes and workshops, customized one-to-one tutoring and coaching, our supportive online community of international professionals, and English immersion retreats.

We work with international professionals from a wide range of fields to improve their communication skills for career advancement, personal development, and the new virtual workplace. We understand that "Business English" goes well beyond the needs of international corporate sales teams. Chances are high that we are already familiar with the challenges you are facing in your field, particularly if you work in diplomacy, international affairs or development, law, journalism, healthcare, technology, or the nonprofit sector.

Our goal-oriented English courses and coaching are designed for the unique needs of advanced international speakers of English who have dedicated their careers to having a positive impact on the world.

If you’ve ever thought, “People are going to hear my level of English communication skills and question why I’m in a leadership position,” or “I can’t be myself in English, and it’s holding me back from opportunities,” then this is the place for you.

 

Live online small group classes

Our thoughtfully-designed small group courses can help you communicate better in English so you can have a bigger impact in the area in which you want to change the world.

We work particularly on professional speaking skills that cannot be truly addressed in one-on-one sessions, such as how to:

  • Use ‘signal words’ to naturally control the flow of conversation
  • Speak more confidently in group settings, especially when the topic suddenly shifts
  • Engage more fully in meetings
  • Skillfully answer spontaneous questions without freezing up
  • Speed up spoken fluency and talk with ease about a variety of topics
  • Deliver dynamic and effective presentations in English to a professional audience

All group classes are online for now via Zoom. You will have access to our course materials in our private course platform.

We also know you may be tired of Zoom, so we really hope to offer our in-person classes in Washington, DC again in autumn 2021. You can sign up for our newsletter for updates.



Live online workshops

Our two-hour interactive workshops help better prepare you for today’s virtual workplace.

Current workshop topics include:

  • How to write clear and effective emails without taking hours to draft your thoughts in English
  • How to sound more polite in English and stop accidentally offending people (coming soon!)
  • Accurately using gender-neutral and inclusive language in English (coming soon!)

Our goal is to help you feel more secure in each specific communication skill in just two hours so you can immediately apply it to real life. If you don’t have the time to commit to a longer course, try a workshop first!

Private English tutoring and coaching

This is our most customized experience.

We start with a free one hour virtual consultation via Zoom or WebEx where we talk about your previous experience with English, your current situation, and your goals.

We also:

  • Arrange online tutoring or coaching sessions at a time convenient for you.
  • Make adjustments and stay flexible along the way

We’ve been coaching international professionals in one-to-one settings since 2007, and we’ve seen it all! Our creative, empathetic and highly experienced English coaches love figuring out how to solve your challenges. There is always a way.

English language immersion retreats

Our Conversation Vacation retreats are a unique opportunity to escape your day-to-day responsibilities for awhile and focus exclusively on improving your English fluency and communication skills in a relaxed and supportive setting.

Conversation Vacation retreats will return in 2022, when international travel will hopefully be less complicated and more people will have had the opportunity to be vaccinated.


How to Get Started

If you are interested in our professional English group courses or workshops, please visit our courses page to register and learn more about the format and goals of each course.

If you need one-to-one English tutoring or coaching, please fill out this form and we will contact you within 24 hours to schedule a free consultation. 

If you believe we can help you but you are not sure what you need or if your English level is appropriate for our courses, no problem! Just schedule a 20-minute Zoom chat. We will assess your English level to and answer any questions you have.

Payment

We accept PayPal and Square (credit or debit card) for virtual payments for all programs.

"I’d heartily recommend English With Purpose for everyone from the most senior executives to students. Julie and her team will find the best fit for you, and will personalize your instruction so you get the most from every single session.” - Barbara, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Our high quality courses and programs always put your needs first.

English With Purpose coaches and tutors have graduate degrees in linguistics, second language acquisition, or teaching English language and 20 or more years of experience. Their skills, experience, emotional intelligence and creativity help you meet your goals efficiently and with confidence.

Contact us to schedule a free consultation.
We can recommend the best course for your needs.