English for Career Development

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About this course: 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 opportun…

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About this course: 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.

Created by:  University of Pennsylvania
  • Taught by:  Brian McManus, Language Specialist

    English Language Programs
  • Taught by:  Robyn Turner, Senior Language Specialist

    English Language Programs
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Syllabus


WEEK 1


Unit 1: Entering the Job Market
In this unit you will learn about the steps in the job search process.


13 videos, 11 readings, 8 practice quizzes expand


  1. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Overview of the Unit
  2. Video: Course Overview: Introduction to the Career Development Process
  3. Video: Course Overview: Topics, Assessments, Games & Activities
  4. Video: Job Search Overview
  5. Video: Identifying Your Interests and Skills
  6. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: BASIC: What You Offer the World
  7. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: ADVANCED: What You Offer the World
  8. Video: Language Focus: Vocabulary and Word Forms Related to Jobs
  9. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Game 1: Unit 1 Vocabulary Flashcards
  10. Тренировочный тест: Game 2: Things, Actions and People
  11. Video: Choosing the Job that's the Best Fit for You
  12. Video: Unlockable Achievement 1
  13. Video: Language Focus: Verb Tenses (Present vs. Present Progressive)
  14. Тренировочный тест: Game 3: Simple Present or Present Progressive
  15. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: BASIC: Set SMART goals to get ahead in your career
  16. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: ADVANCED: Set SMART goals to get ahead in your career
  17. Video: Understanding Job Descriptions: Reading a Job Advertisement
  18. Тренировочный тест: Game 4: Key Words in a Job Advertisement
  19. Video: Language Focus: Phrases to Compare Similarities
  20. Video: Language Focus: Phrases to Contrast Differences
  21. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Listening: Using the Internet and Social Media to Search for a Job
  22. Video: Unlockable Achievement 2
  23. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Speaking Assignment Instructions
  24. Video: Unlockable Achievement
  25. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Culture Affects Career and Life Planning
  26. Тренировочный тест: Check Your Understanding: "Culture Affects Career and Life Planning"
  27. Тренировочный тест: Game: Vocabulary and Word Form Review
  28. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Listening: Is there a 'Skills Gap' in the US Job Market?
  29. Тренировочный тест: Check Your Understanding: "Is there a 'Skills Gap' in US Job Market?"
  30. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Business schools bridge classrooms and real-life work
  31. Тренировочный тест: Check your Understanding: "Business schools bridge classrooms and real-life work"
  32. Тренировочный тест: Game: Compare and Contrast Phrase Matching

Graded: Check Your Understanding: "What You Offer the World"
Graded: Assessment 1: Self-Assessment of Job Skills and Experience
Graded: Check Your Understanding: "Set SMART goals to get ahead in your career"
Graded: Check your Understanding: "Using the Internet and Social Media to Search for a Job"
Graded: Unit 1 Assessment 2: Recorded Comparison of the Job Search Process

WEEK 2


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.


12 videos, 10 readings, 9 practice quizzes expand


  1. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Overview of the Unit
  2. Video: What is a résumé? Why do you need one?
  3. Тренировочный тест: Game 1: Reasons for Writing a Resume
  4. Video: Parts of a Resume
  5. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: BASIC: Resume Guide: The Basic Elements
  6. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: ADVANCED: Resume Guide: The Basic Elements
  7. Video: Unlockable Achievement 3
  8. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Sample Resume: Tomoko Martin
  9. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Sample Resume: Beth Smith
  10. Тренировочный тест: Game 2: Match the Parts of a Resume
  11. Video: Writing a Résumé, Part 1: Name and Contact Information
  12. Video: Listening: Connecting Employers with Job Seekers in Today's Economy
  13. Video: Language Focus: Key Words
  14. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: BASIC: Using Keywords Effectively
  15. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: ADVANCED: Using Keywords Effectively
  16. Тренировочный тест: Game 3: Matching Key Words in a Job Advertisement
  17. Video: Writing a Resume, Part 2: Headline and Summary
  18. Video: Writing a Resume, Part 3: Work Experience
  19. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Game 4: Unit 2 Vocabulary Flashcards
  20. Тренировочный тест: Game 5: Listing Experience in Time Order
  21. Video: Unlockable Achievement 4
  22. Video: Writing a Resume, Part 4: Education
  23. Video: Language Focus: Action Verbs
  24. Тренировочный тест: Game 6: Using Action Verbs
  25. Video: Writing a Resume, Part 5: Complete your Resume
  26. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Action Verbs Practice
  27. Тренировочный тест: Check Your Understanding: " Action Verbs Practice"
  28. Тренировочный тест: Game: Action Verb Crossword Puzzle
  29. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Functional or Chronological Resume? Which is for You?
  30. Тренировочный тест: Check Your Understanding: "Functional or Chronological Resume
  31. Тренировочный тест: Game: Labelling Resumes: Functional or Chronological

Graded: Check Your Understanding: "Resume Guide: The Basic Elements"
Graded: Check Your Understanding: "Connecting Employers with Job Seekers in Today's Economy"
Graded: Check your Understanding: "Using Keywords Effectively"
Graded: Unit 2: Assessment 1: Resume Template Quiz
Graded: Unit 2 Assessment 2: Peer Review of Resume

WEEK 3


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.


11 videos, 9 readings, 7 practice quizzes expand


  1. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Overview of the Unit
  2. Video: What is a Cover Letter?
  3. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Sample Cover Letters
  4. Video: Professional Writing: Letter Format
  5. Video: Unlockable Achievement 5
  6. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: BASIC: Parts of the Cover Letter
  7. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: ADVANCED: Parts of the Cover Letter
  8. Video: Cover Letter Paragraph 1- Introducing Yourself
  9. Video: Cover Letter Paragraph 2- Highlighting Your Skills in the Cover letter
  10. Тренировочный тест: Game 1: Match the Job Description with Skills
  11. Video: Cover Letter Paragraph 3- Closing
  12. Video: Language Focus – Present Perfect vs. Past Tense
  13. Тренировочный тест: Game 2: Grammar Review
  14. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Game 3: Unit 3 Vocabulary Flashcards
  15. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: BASIC: Why an Old-Fashioned Cover Letter Still Matters
  16. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: ADVANCED: Why an Old-Fashioned Cover Letter Still Matters
  17. Video: Professional Writing: Level of Formality
  18. Video: Language Focus- Using Modal Verbs to Write Politely
  19. Тренировочный тест: Game 4: Direct or Polite Language
  20. Video: Writing a Cover Letter for a Specific Job
  21. Video: Unlockable Achievement 6
  22. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: 8 Common Cover Letter Mistakes to Avoid
  23. Тренировочный тест: Check Your Understanding: “8 Common Cover Letter Mistakes to Avoid”
  24. Тренировочный тест: Game: Verb Tense Review
  25. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Death of the Cover Letter
  26. Тренировочный тест: Check Your Understanding: "Death of the Cover Letter"
  27. Тренировочный тест: Key Parts of a Formal Letter

Graded: Check Your Understanding: "Sample Cover Letters"
Graded: Unit 3 Assessment 1: Quiz on Letter Format
Graded: Check Your Understanding: "Parts of the Cover Letter"
Graded: Check Your Understanding: "Why an Old-Fashioned Cover Letter Still Matters"
Graded: Unit 3 Assessment 2: Cover Letter

WEEK 4


Unit 4: Networking
This unit will teach job-seekers language for meeting new people, making small talk, and describing


7 videos, 8 readings, 4 practice quizzes expand


  1. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Overview of the Unit
  2. Video: What is Networking?
  3. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: BASIC: Networking During the Job Search
  4. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: ADVANCED: Networking During the Job Search
  5. Video: Unlockable Achievement 7
  6. Video: Making Small Talk
  7. Тренировочный тест: Game 1: Choose the Conversation with Appropriate Topics
  8. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: BASIC: Networking doesn’t happen overnight
  9. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: ADVANCED: Networking doesn't happen overnight
  10. Video: Unlockable Achievement 8
  11. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Game 2: Unit 4 Vocabulary Flashcards
  12. Video: Networking Elevator speech- What to Say When Networking
  13. Video: Language Focus: Networking Elevator Speech- Delivery
  14. Тренировочный тест: Game 3: Sample Networking Elevator Speeches
  15. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Speaking Assignment Instructions
  16. Video: Unlockable Achievement
  17. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: 'You Are Your Brand': Using Social Media to Find a Job
  18. Тренировочный тест: Check Your Understanding: “'You Are Your Brand:' Using Social Media to Find a Job”
  19. Тренировочный тест: Game: Networking Vocabulary Matching

Graded: Check Your Understanding: "Networking During the Job Search"
Graded: Check Your Understanding: "Networking doesn't happen overnight"
Graded: Unit 4 Assessment 1: Recorded Networking Elevator Speech

WEEK 5


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.


9 videos, 8 readings, 4 practice quizzes expand


  1. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Overview of the Unit
  2. Video: Overview of the Job Interview
  3. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: BASIC: Interview Tips
  4. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: ADVANCED: Interview Tips
  5. Video: Unlockable Achievement 9
  6. Video: Answering Typical Interview Questions
  7. Video: Language Focus– Asking for Clarification in an Interview
  8. Тренировочный тест: Game 1: Interview Jeopardy
  9. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Game 2: Unit 5 Vocabulary Flashcards
  10. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Illegal Job Interview Questions
  11. Video: Unlockable Achievement 10
  12. Video: Sample Interview Do’s and Don’ts Part 1
  13. Video: Sample Interview Do’s and Don’ts Part 2
  14. Тренировочный тест: Game 3: Matching Answers to Questions
  15. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Speaking Assignment Instructions
  16. Video: Unlockable Achievement
  17. Video: Course Conclusion
  18. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: BASIC: Seven Ways to Advance Your Career With Social Media
  19. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: ADVANCED: Seven Ways to Advance Your Career With Social Media
  20. Тренировочный тест: Check Your Understanding: "Seven Ways to Advance Your Career With Social Media"
  21. Тренировочный тест: Game: Grammar Review (Questions)

Graded: Check Your Understanding: Interview Tips
Graded: Check Your Understanding: Illegal Job Interview Questions
Graded: Unit 5 Assessment 1: Recorded Answer to an Interview Question
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