English | for Career Development

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. 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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Week 1-1.Introduction to the Course and Unit

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Overview of the Unit
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Course Overview- Introduction to the Career Development Process
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Course Overview- Topics, Assessments, Games & Activities
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Job Search Overview

Week 1-2.Your Profile as a Job Seeker

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Identifying Your Interests and Skills
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BASIC- What You Offer the World
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ADVANCED- What You Offer the World
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Language Focus- Vocabulary and Word Forms Related to Jobs
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Game 1- Unit 1 Vocabulary Flashcards
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Choosing the Job that's the Best Fit for You

Week 1-3.Key Skills for the Job Search

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Language Focus- Verb Tenses (Present vs. Present Progressive
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BASIC- Set SMART goals to get ahead in your career
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ADVANCED- Set SMART goals to get ahead in your career
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Understanding Job Descriptions- Reading a Job Advertisement
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Language Focus- Phrases to Compare Similarities
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Language Focus- Phrases to Contrast Differences

Week 2-1.Overview of Résumés

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What is a résumé- Why do you need one
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Parts of a Resume
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BASIC- Resume Guide- The Basic Elements
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ADVANCED- Resume Guide- The Basic Elements
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Sample Resume- Tomoko Martin
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Sample Resume- Beth Smith

Week 2-2.How to Write Your Résumé

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Writing a Résumé, Part 1- Name and Contact Information
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Listening- Connecting Employers with Job Seekers in Today's Economy
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Language Focus- Key Words
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BASIC- Using Keywords Effectively
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ADVANCED- Using Keywords Effectively
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Writing a Resume, Part 2- Headline and Summary
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Writing a Resume, Part 3- Work Experience
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Game 4- Unit 2 Vocabulary Flashcards
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Writing a Resume, Part 4- Education

Week 2-3.Finishing and Polishing Your Résumé

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Language Focus- Action Verbs
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Writing a Resume, Part 5- Complete your Resume

Week 3-1.Overview of Cover Letters

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What is a Cover Letter
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Sample Cover Letters
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BASIC- Parts of the Cover Letter
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ADVANCED- Parts of the Cover Letter
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Professional Writing- Letter Format

Week 3-2.How to Write a Cover Letter

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Cover Letter Paragraph 1- Introducing Yourself
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Cover Letter Paragraph 2- Highlighting Your Skills in the Cover letter
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Cover Letter Paragraph 3- Closing
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Language Focus – Present Perfect vs. Past Tense
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Game 3- Unit 3 Vocabulary Flashcards

Week 3-3.More Advice for Writing Cover Letters

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BASIC- Why an Old-Fashioned Cover Letter Still Matters
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ADVANCED- Why an Old-Fashioned Cover Letter Still Matters
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Professional Writing- Level of Formality
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Language Focus- Using Modal Verbs to Write Politely
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Writing a Cover Letter for a Specific Job

Week 4-1.Getting Started with Networking

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What is Networking
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BASIC- Networking During the Job Search
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ADVANCED- Networking During the Job Search
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Making Small Talk
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BASIC- Networking doesn’t happen overnight
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ADVANCED- Networking doesn't happen overnight
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Game 2- Unit 4 Vocabulary Flashcards

Week 4-2.All About the Elevator Speech

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Networking Elevator speech- What to Say When Networking
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Language Focus- Networking Elevator Speech- Delivery

Week 5-1.What to Expect in a Job Interview

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Overview of the Job Interview
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BASIC- Interview Tips
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ADVANCED- Interview Tips
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Answering Typical Interview Questions
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Language Focus– Asking for Clarification in an Interview
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Game 2- Unit 5 Vocabulary Flashcards

Week 5-2.Interview Culture in the United States

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Illegal Job Interview Questions
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Sample Interview Do’s and Don’ts Part 1
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Sample Interview Do’s and Don’ts Part 2

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