Professional English

Our Mission

The English for Specific Purposes program (ESP) at the African Development University strives to provide students with the opportunity to refine their written and verbal communication skills, to build the confidence necessary for workplace success and enable them to express themselves anywhere English is spoken in the world.


Our Methodology

ESP is dedicated to giving students the best instruction possible with its devoted faculty using the most up-to-date instructional techniques. We believe that students need to have robust speaking opportunities in order to improve their communication skills. Therefore, classes are structured in order to maximize the time when students are actually speaking. Many students learn best through multiple methodologies. Consequently, we use visual materials (slides, handouts, videos, etc.) as well as oral methods. We also assume that students are eager to apply what they are learning, so we have a strong focus on the skills and situations they are most likely to encounter in their professional lives.


Our Program

  • The English Program has six levels of study from beginner to advanced.
  • Each level is 14 weeks long, and classes meet 4 hours each week.
  • Students take placement tests and are placed in the appropriate level at the beginning of the trimester.

The A.D.U. English Program provides instruction to:

  • Professionals who need to improve their language skills for work purposes
  • Students who need to improve their language skills for educational purposes
  • Groups that require specialized language courses and activities