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CommunicationEnglish LanguageCareer DevelopmentWriting
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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Hours to complete

Approx. 19 hours to complete

Suggested: 9 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
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 1m
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 2m
Unlockable Achievementm
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
Week
2
Hours to complete
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 3m
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 4m
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
Week
3
Hours to complete
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 5m
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 6m
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
Week
4
Hours to complete
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 7m
Making Small Talk5m
Unlockable Achievement 8m
Networking Elevator speech- What to Say When Networking5m
Language Focus: Networking Elevator Speech- Delivery5m
Unlockable Achievementm
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
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Career Benefit

83%

got a tangible career benefit from this course
Career promotion

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 ENSep 28th 2018

It really helped me and taught me a lot if lessons that I can really apply and use not only in my English subject but also with my technical papers. Thank you so much for this opportunity!

Instructors

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Brian McManus

Language Specialist
English Language Programs
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Robyn Turner

Senior Language Specialist
English Language Programs

About University of Pennsylvania

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