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English With Purpose offers private tutorials and specialized group courses in Washington, DC and online.


Whine With Wine (Free!)

In this happy hour conversation workshop we will drink wine together while complaining.
You will:
-Learn vocabulary for describing wine
-Learn to complain directly and indirectly, formally and informally
-Practice complaining with native English speakers
-Get something ‘off your chest’ and feel better!

When: Thursday, January 17, 6:30-8:00 pm

Where: Hera Hub DC, medium meeting room

5028 Wisconsin Ave NW #100, Washington, DC 20016 (close to Friendship Heights Metro Station)

Cost: Free! Wine and cheese will be provided, but if you would like to bring a bottle of wine from your country, we would love that.

Please register in advance here

WTF? Cursing Effectively in English

Attention all potty mouths! This workshop is for anyone who curses freely in their own language but isn’t sure how to do it effectively in English. Curse word slang is actually a rich and complex topic. It’s easy to learn which words are ‘forbidden’, but do you really know how to use them accurately? If someone says to you, “I’m sick of your crap!”, what exactly does ‘crap’ mean? “Leave me alone” can get the job done, but “Get the fuck away from me!” REALLY sends the message. Join us to learn these nuances and much more.

Warning: bad language, but also a lot of fun as we curse our heads off.

When: Thursday, January 31, 6:30-8:30 pm

Where: Hera Hub DC, medium meeting room

5028 Wisconsin Ave NW #100, Washington, DC 20016 (close to Friendship Heights Metro Station)

Cost: $75.00

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Private Tutorials

We specialize in private tutoring for intermediate to advanced English learners. Private tutorials are the best option for working professionals and others who have not found what they need in traditional programs. After a consultation and assessment, we identify your biggest English challenges and customize a course to fit your needs. Private tutorials can focus on any of the following:

  • Conversational fluency and vocabulary development
  • Speaking with confidence
  • Improving pronunciation
  • Mastering presentations in English
  • Grammar review
  • Writing improvement
  • English for work and career
  • Support for special projects

Homework and practice activities are assigned in between sessions. We decide together how often you can meet each week. Scheduling is flexible when possible and we pause lessons if you are traveling.

Prices for in person tutorials: $75 to $85 per hour based on the type of course and duration of study.

With this option the teacher travels to you at your home, office, or university campus in Washington, DC. We can also recommend a comfortable and quiet public meeting space in your DC neighborhood.

Online tutorials: $65.00/hour

Prices include assessment, course design, materials, homework and practice plan. There are no additional fees.

Group Classes

Our group English classes are developed to meet the unique needs of intermediate to advanced English learners. Our specialized topics change seasonally and are based on the most common requests from more than ten years of working with our clients in the Washington, DC area.

Converse Confidently

The meeting is nearly over and you haven’t been able to contribute your thoughts yet again. Your spouse wants you to attend a party, but leaving the house to make small talk in English with strangers doesn’t feel fun at all. Are you sick of feeling limited in these situations? Here’s a secret: almost everyone dreads doing these things in English. Some people are just better at faking it.

Converse Confidently will help you get closer to feeling like yourself when speaking English. In this is outcome-based conversation class, we will work on specific skills such as interrupting, giving opinion, negotiating, and making small talk even when it feels like nonsense. You will also build your casual vocabulary and receive corrective feedback.

Limited to six people.

When: Mondays January 28 - February 25, 2019 (5 sessions) 7:00-8:30 pm

Where: Hera Hub DC, small meeting room

5028 Wisconsin Ave NW #100, Washington, DC 20016 (close to Friendship Heights Metro Station)

Cost: $275.00

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Customized Group Courses

We can design a course for the particular needs of your group. Please contact us for a consultation and pricing.

Contact us today to arrange a free one-hour consultation. We can design a course to fit your needs!