The forum began with expert educator and linguist, Dr. Susanna McPhilomy (known to her students as Dr. Susie) who developed an accelerated language training technique that she has practiced successfully worldwide.

With almost 40 years of teaching experience, Susanna fine-tuned a non-traditional technique of teaching English as a second and a foreign language by promoting a conversational approach to grammar and other skills. After teaching at a number of English language schools and universities as well as establishing her own language school, U.S. Ling Institute in Utah, Susanna decided to open Forum in the Washington D.C. area with her daughter Maria McPhilomy.

She is known to cultivate a welcoming environment so that her students can effectively learn how to function in an English-speaking environment. With a number of academic degrees from American and international institutions, Susanna’s strong academic credentials and extensive experience continue to attract students from all over the world!


The mission of Forum is to provide efficient and effective English language training to help culturally diverse students achieve their academic, professional and personal English language goals.

The forum is committed to helping students reach their full learning potential through a student-centered teaching approach, interactive instructional strategies and familiarizing students with American culture.


The forum is a proud member of the Washington Area TESOL Association, the TESOL International Association, and NAFSA.

Forum has also been featured in a number of online and print publications including the Alexandria Gazette Packet, Zebra Magazine, AlexandriaNews.org and

OldTownAlexandriaPatch.com and El Pregonero.



Our approach can be explained in one word - dialogue!

Through role-plays, simulations and active class discussions our students start speaking on the first day of class!

Often people learn a language and quickly forget, but at Forum we specialize in bridging the gap between knowing and using language skills in appropriate contexts by incorporating interactive techniques that work with memory structures to help students learn English faster and with greater retention.

Our communicative approach takes boring reading, writing and listening practices and turns them into exciting topics of discussion, allowing our students to actively participate in class and practice their English on a daily basis.

The result? You and your brain get much greater learning stimulation!

Programs taught in:
  • English (US)

This school also offers:


Forum English Center

The English Program is designed for students who want to increase their English proficiency quickly and effectively for academic, professional or social purposes. Forum’ ... [+]


The English Program is designed for students who want to increase their English proficiency quickly and effectively for academic, professional or social purposes. 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. The program works on improving reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar and vocabulary skills.

The Intensive English Program (IEP) is designed for international students seeking to improve their English for academic, professional and personal purposes. The IEP provides extensive practice of academic skills to continue on to an American college or university and in-depth study of core language skills to function successfully in a variety of formal to casual settings.... [-]

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September 2020
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Forum English Center