An English Course to Teach Foreigners on Career Development Reaches 320K Learners

IBL News | New York

The “English for Career Development” course has become a remarkable success after reaching 320,000 learners on

This free, two-week online class, 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, is designed for non-native English speakers. It is distributed under a Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution license, meaning that all course materials are available for re-use, repurpose and free distribution.

Two English language specialists, Brian McManus, and Robyn Turner, teach about the job search, application, and interview process in the United States.

“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,” the instructors explain.

The estimated effort required to complete the course is 21 hours, after 10 hours/week study time.