Business English class boosts skills and creates bonds 

May 15, 2023Articles

CEO Carey Harris taught a 12-week Business English class for advanced English language learners this spring. The amazing group of students hailed from all over the world and brought impressive professional experience and credentials along with a healthy appetite for improving their English. The course covered vocabulary, idioms, and pronunciation specific to business settings in the United States. Topics also included professional bios, LinkedIn, the elevator pitch, the Pennsylvania legislature, and American Football (always important for small talk in Pittsburgh!) Students also had the chance to have professional headshots taken for their LinkedIn profiles. The last class focused on business conversation practice with guests from various industries relevant to the students, such as banking, healthcare, media, human resources, education, and more. Students formed great bonds and have already organized themselves to stay in touch and continue practicing English together!

Literacy Pittsburgh (formerly Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council) helps create better lives through learning. Recognized as a national leader in adult and family literacy, Literacy Pittsburgh is the largest provider of adult basic education in Allegheny and Beaver Counties. Last year, Literacy Pittsburgh helped more than 4,000 individuals acquire the skills needed to reach their fullest potential in life and participate productively in their communities. Literacy Pittsburgh provides free, personalized instruction in workforce readiness, high school diploma test preparation, digital literacy, English language learning, math, reading, and family literacy through one-to-one and small class instruction. Founded in 1982, it serves local adults through numerous neighborhood locations and its Downtown Pittsburgh Learning Center.       

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