Communication Tools for Success
Communication Tools for Success is a 3-week long pre-term course open to non-native English speakers entering programs in the McDonough School of Business and McCourt School of Public Policy. Success in the classroom and the workplace depends upon your ability to take in large amounts of information and to understand rapid-fire communication involving business terminology and concepts. Designed to reactivate study skills and increase readiness for intensive programs, CTS provides you with practical techniques and effective strategies for communicating in a fast-paced environment, negotiating an American classroom environment, and working with large amounts of information.
The course introduces academic content and instructional methodologies that will prepare you for your upcoming MBA and MPP programs at Georgetown University, as well as professional placement activities such as networking and listening skills. Additionally, CTS prepares you for the classroom through introductions to library and technology resources, time management skills, cold calling, documenting sources, and note-taking.
The following course components will help sharpen your academic skills while improving your English language abilities in:
- reading large volumes of business writing quickly and efficiently
- understanding rapid speech, unfamiliar accents, and idiomatic language
- negotiating project ideas and plans with study groups
- writing clear analyses of case studies
- researching and presenting a live case study
- delivering oral presentations, both impromptu and planned
Not sure if this is the course for you? If you answer "no" to four or more questions on our self-assessment test, or have difficulty keeping up with the video excerpt below from a typical MBA course, we strongly recommend that you take the CTS course before beginning your studies.