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Welcome to English for Career Development, a course created by the University of Pennsylvania, and funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs. To enroll in this course for free, click on “Enroll now” and then select "Full Course. No certificate." This course is designed for non-native English speakers who are interested in advancing their careers in the global marketplace. In this course, you will learn about the job search, application, and interview process in the United States, while comparing and contrasting the same process in your home country. This course will also give you the opportunity to explore your global career path, while building your vocabulary and improving your language skills to achieve your professional goals. The first unit in this course will introduce the U.S. job application process and provide strategies for identifying the jobs that match your interests and skills. Unit 2 will take you through the steps necessary to produce a professional-looking resume. In unit 3, you will work to develop a clear and concise cover letter. The final unit of the course focuses on networking and interview skills. Anyone may take this course for free and get a generic Statement of Accomplishment issued by the University of Pennsylvania. If you want to get a Coursera Verified Certificate for free, please fill out the Financial Aid form. Unless otherwise noted, all course materials are available for re-use, repurposing and free distribution under a Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution license. Supplemental reading materials were provided by Newsela, which publishes daily news articles at a level that's just right for each English language learner.
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Sugerido: 6 hours/week
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
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7 hours to complete

Unit 1: Entering the Job Market

In this unit you will learn about the steps in the job search process....
Reading
13 videos (Total 49 min), 12 readings, 13 quizzes
Video13 videos
Course Overview: Topics, Assessments, Games & Activities4m
Job Search Overview5m
Identifying Your Interests and Skills4m
Language Focus: Vocabulary and Word Forms Related to Jobs5m
Choosing the Job that's the Best Fit for You4m
Unlockable Achievement 10m
Language Focus: Verb Tenses (Present vs. Present Progressive)5m
Understanding Job Descriptions: Reading a Job Advertisement6m
Language Focus: Phrases to Compare Similarities4m
Language Focus: Phrases to Contrast Differences4m
Unlockable Achievement 20m
Unlockable Achievement0m
Reading12 readings
Overview of the Unit10m
BASIC: What You Offer the World10m
ADVANCED: What You Offer the World10m
Game 1: Unit 1 Vocabulary Flashcards10m
BASIC: Set SMART goals to get ahead in your career10m
ADVANCED: Set SMART goals to get ahead in your career10m
Listening: Using the Internet and Social Media to Search for a Job10m
Speaking Assignment Instructions10m
Written Assignment Instructions10m
Culture Affects Career and Life Planning10m
Listening: Is there a 'Skills Gap' in the US Job Market?10m
Business schools bridge classrooms and real-life work10m
Quiz12 practice exercises
Check Your Understanding: "What You Offer the World"10m
Game 2: Things, Actions and People28m
Assessment 1: Self-Assessment of Job Skills and Experience22m
Game 3: Simple Present or Present Progressive8m
Check Your Understanding: "Set SMART goals to get ahead in your career"8m
Game 4: Key Words in a Job Advertisement10m
Check your Understanding: "Using the Internet and Social Media to Search for a Job"10m
Check Your Understanding: "Culture Affects Career and Life Planning"14m
Game: Vocabulary and Word Form Review20m
Check Your Understanding: "Is there a 'Skills Gap' in US Job Market?"10m
Check your Understanding: "Business schools bridge classrooms and real-life work"10m
Game: Compare and Contrast Phrase Matching12m

2

Section
Clock
7 hours to complete

Unit 2: Resumes

In this unit, you will learn how to describe yourself and your experiences in a résumé. The unit will also help you build your job-related vocabulary. ...
Reading
12 videos (Total 50 min), 10 readings, 14 quizzes
Video12 videos
Parts of a Resume4m
Unlockable Achievement 30m
Writing a Résumé, Part 1: Name and Contact Information5m
Listening: Connecting Employers with Job Seekers in Today's Economy4m
Language Focus: Key Words3m
Writing a Resume, Part 2: Headline and Summary4m
Writing a Resume, Part 3: Work Experience5m
Unlockable Achievement 40m
Writing a Resume, Part 4: Education5m
Language Focus: Action Verbs4m
Writing a Resume, Part 5: Complete your Resume6m
Reading10 readings
Overview of the Unit10m
BASIC: Resume Guide: The Basic Elements10m
ADVANCED: Resume Guide: The Basic Elements10m
Sample Resume: Tomoko Martin10m
Sample Resume: Beth Smith10m
BASIC: Using Keywords Effectively10m
ADVANCED: Using Keywords Effectively10m
Game 4: Unit 2 Vocabulary Flashcards10m
More Action Verbs Practice10m
Functional or Chronological Resume? Which is for You?10m
Quiz13 practice exercises
Game 1: Reasons for Writing a Resume20m
Check Your Understanding: "Resume Guide: The Basic Elements"8m
Game 2: Match the Parts of a Resume8m
Check Your Understanding: "Connecting Employers with Job Seekers in Today's Economy"10m
Check your Understanding: "Using Keywords Effectively"6m
Game 3: Matching Key Words in a Job Advertisement8m
Game 5: Listing Experience in Time Order6m
Unit 2: Assessment 1: Resume Template Quiz12m
Game 6: Using Action Verbs12m
Check Your Understanding: "More Action Verbs Practice"10m
Game: Action Verb Crossword Puzzle20m
Check Your Understanding: "Functional or Chronological Resume10m
Game: Labelling Resumes: Functional or Chronological4m

3

Section
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6 hours to complete

Unit 3: Writing a Cover Letter

This unit focuses on another important document for job-seekers: the cover letter. You will learn how to write a clear cover letter that tells employers why you are the right person for the job. ...
Reading
11 videos (Total 47 min), 9 readings, 12 quizzes
Video11 videos
Professional Writing: Letter Format6m
Unlockable Achievement 50m
Cover Letter Paragraph 1- Introducing Yourself4m
Cover Letter Paragraph 2- Highlighting Your Skills in the Cover letter5m
Cover Letter Paragraph 3- Closing4m
Language Focus – Present Perfect vs. Past Tense6m
Professional Writing: Level of Formality5m
Language Focus- Using Modal Verbs to Write Politely6m
Writing a Cover Letter for a Specific Job3m
Unlockable Achievement 60m
Reading9 readings
Overview of the Unit10m
Sample Cover Letters10m
BASIC: Parts of the Cover Letter10m
ADVANCED: Parts of the Cover Letter10m
Game 3: Unit 3 Vocabulary Flashcards10m
BASIC: Why an Old-Fashioned Cover Letter Still Matters10m
ADVANCED: Why an Old-Fashioned Cover Letter Still Matters10m
8 Common Cover Letter Mistakes to Avoid10m
Death of the Cover Letter10m
Quiz11 practice exercises
Check Your Understanding: "Sample Cover Letters"8m
Unit 3 Assessment 1: Quiz on Letter Format8m
Check Your Understanding: "Parts of the Cover Letter"10m
Game 1: Match the Job Description with Skills12m
Game 2: Grammar Review10m
Check Your Understanding: "Why an Old-Fashioned Cover Letter Still Matters"10m
Game 4: Direct or Polite Language14m
Check Your Understanding: “8 Common Cover Letter Mistakes to Avoid”10m
Game: Verb Tense Review14m
Check Your Understanding: "Death of the Cover Letter"10m
Key Parts of a Formal Letter20m

4

Section
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5 hours to complete

Unit 4: Networking

This unit will teach job-seekers language for meeting new people, making small talk, and describing ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 22 min), 9 readings, 7 quizzes
Video7 videos
Unlockable Achievement 70m
Making Small Talk5m
Unlockable Achievement 80m
Networking Elevator speech- What to Say When Networking5m
Language Focus: Networking Elevator Speech- Delivery5m
Unlockable Achievement0m
Reading9 readings
Overview of the Unit10m
BASIC: Networking During the Job Search10m
ADVANCED: Networking During the Job Search10m
BASIC: Networking doesn’t happen overnight10m
ADVANCED: Networking doesn't happen overnight10m
Game 2: Unit 4 Vocabulary Flashcards10m
Speaking Assignment Instructions10m
Written Assignment Instructions10m
'You Are Your Brand': Using Social Media to Find a Job10m
Quiz6 practice exercises
Check Your Understanding: "Networking During the Job Search"10m
Game 1: Choose the Conversation with Appropriate Topics10m
Check Your Understanding: "Networking doesn't happen overnight"10m
Game 3: Sample Networking Elevator Speeches8m
Check Your Understanding: “'You Are Your Brand:' Using Social Media to Find a Job”10m
Game: Networking Vocabulary Matching12m

5

Section
Clock
5 hours to complete

Unit 5: Interviewing For a Job

This unit is about the question-and-answer process of job interviews, and will help prepare learners to present themselves well in interviews....
Reading
10 videos (Total 31 min), 9 readings, 7 quizzes
Video10 videos
Unlockable Achievement 90m
Answering Typical Interview Questions5m
Language Focus– Asking for Clarification in an Interview5m
Unlockable Achievement 100m
Sample Interview Do’s and Don’ts Part 13m
Sample Interview Do’s and Don’ts Part 26m
Unlockable Achievement0m
Course Conclusion2m
Course Conclusion2m
Reading9 readings
Overview of the Unit10m
BASIC: Interview Tips10m
ADVANCED: Interview Tips10m
Game 2: Unit 5 Vocabulary Flashcards10m
Illegal Job Interview Questions10m
Speaking Assignment Instructions10m
Written Assignment Instructions10m
BASIC: Seven Ways to Advance Your Career With Social Media10m
ADVANCED: Seven Ways to Advance Your Career With Social Media10m
Quiz7 practice exercises
Check Your Understanding: Interview Tips10m
Game 1: Interview Jeopardy12m
Check Your Understanding: Illegal Job Interview Questions14m
Game 3: Matching Answers to Questions10m
Unit 5 Assessment 1 Option 2: Written Answer to Interview Question2m
Check Your Understanding: "Seven Ways to Advance Your Career With Social Media"6m
Game: Grammar Review (Questions)10m
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Direction Signs

35%

started a new career after completing these courses
Briefcase

83%

got a tangible career benefit from this course
Money

15%

got a pay increase or promotion

Top Reviews

By KWJul 22nd 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed the course. The videos, readings, quizzes and games were very informative, clear and helpful. I hope that other users enjoyed the course as much as I did. Thank you very much!

By JPDec 9th 2016

Thank you very much, Bryan and Robin for this course! It opened my eyes for many things, especially how to write successful resume and cover letter. Really useful and interesting material.

Instructors

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Brian McManus

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Robyn Turner

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About University of Pennsylvania

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