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Forum Intensive English Center is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.

Intensive English

The Intensive English Program (IEP) is designed for international students seeking to improve their English for academic, professional and personal purposes. The program provides in-depth study of core language skills and extensive practice of academic skills. For students who plan to attend on a student visa (F-1) or would like to transfer from another SEVP-certified school to Forum, please click below to read the application instructions.



The Forum

Forum believes in the power of dialogue! Instructors use non-traditional, student-centered techniques that keep classes exciting and practical for academic settings, the workplace and everyday life in America. Forum’s integrated communicative approach focuses on dialogues, role-plays, simulations and other interactive techniques that bridge the gap between knowing and using language structures in appropriate contexts.



Forum Intensive English Center is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation for the period April 2016 through April 2021 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions.  CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S.


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Alexandria Language Instructor Recognized by Kennedy Center Awards

Alexandria resident and English language instructor, Susanna McPhilomy, is one of the 10 to be recognized nationally in the 2017 The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards.

April 18,  2017.


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New English School

Forum defines itself from other English schools with its unique communicative approach to lanugage learning developed by Susanna McPhilomy, which emphasizes role-plays, simulations and other..

August 13,  2013.


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Alexandria Gazette Packet Bulletin Board

Knowing that English is the key to success in this country, the mother and daughter duo decided to combine Susanna's 37 years of teaching experience..

August 07,  2013.


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