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Welcome to English for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, 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." If you want to get a Coursera Verified Certificate for free, please fill out the Financial Aid form. This course is designed for non-native English speakers who are interested in improving their English skills in the sciences. In this course, you will explore some of the most innovative areas of scientific study, while expanding your vocabulary and the language skills needed to share scientific information within your community. In unit 1, you will learn how to preview texts and practice some of the language used to make comparisons when talking about global warming and climate change. In unit 2, you will examine the chemistry of climate change and the language of cause and effect. In Unit 3, you will learn about some of the impacts of Climate Change and the language used to describe these effects. In Unit 4, you will learn reading strategies that can help you explore the science behind some new energy systems. In the final unit, you will investigate practical advances in Nanotechnology that help slow down climate change, while developing your own research skills in English. 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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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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6 hours to complete

Unit 1: Is the Earth Getting Warmer?

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Reading
11 videos (Total 46 min), 9 readings, 8 quizzes
Video11 videos
Course Overview: Topics, Assessments, Games & Activities4m
Course Overview: Topics, Assessments, Games & Activities Part 24m
Is the Earth Getting Warmer?5m
Language Focus: Previewing Texts6m
Unlockable Achievement 1m
Warming Experiment (Part 1)4m
Warming Experiment (Part 2)5m
Global Warming vs. Climate Change5m
Unlockable Achievement 2m
Language Focus: Comparative Adjectives4m
Reading9 readings
Overview of the Unit10m
Game 1: Unit 1 Vocabulary Flashcards10m
BASIC: Scientists' Annual Physical of the Planet: Earth's Fever Rises10m
ADVANCED: Scientists' Annual Physical of the Planet: Earth's Fever Rises10m
Warming Experiment Chart10m
BASIC: Climate Change: How Do we Know?10m
ADVANCED: Climate Change: How Do we Know?10m
WMO: Global Warming Happening Faster than Predicted10m
5 Takeaways from the Latest Climate Data10m
Quiz7 practice exercises
Game 2: Previewing Texts16m
Check Your Understanding: “Scientists’ Annual Physical of the Planet: Earth’s Fever Rises”8m
Check Your Understanding: "Climate Change: How Do we Know?"8m
Game 3: Comparative Adjectives14m
Check Your Understanding: "WMO: Global Warming Happening Faster than Predicted"8m
Game: Review Comparative Adjectives16m
Check Your Understanding: "5 Takeaways from the Latest Climate Data"8m

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Section
Clock
6 hours to complete

Unit 2: The Greenhouse Effect

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Reading
11 videos (Total 41 min), 10 readings, 10 quizzes
Video11 videos
Greenhouse Gases5m
Unlockable Achievement 3m
Nature's Role in the Greenhouse Effect6m
Language Focus: Present Progressive4m
The Burning of Fossil Fuels6m
Language Focus: Cause and Effect (so, because of, therefore, as a result)4m
Unlockable Achievement 4m
Deforestation and Farming4m
The Disposal of Waste5m
Unlockable Achievementm
Reading10 readings
Overview of the Unit10m
Game 1: Unit 2 Vocabulary Flashcards10m
BASIC: A Blanket Around the Earth10m
ADVANCED: A Blanket Around the Earth10m
BASIC: Need Strategies to Clear the Air? Ask a Megacity.10m
ADVANCED: Need Strategies to Clear the Air? Ask a Megacity.10m
Unit 2 Assessment 2: Speaking and Recording Instructions10m
Unit 2 Assessment 2: Written option Instructions10m
A City Drought Caused by Destruction of a Rainforest?10m
Melting of Ice Wedges Adds to Arctic Warming10m
Quiz9 practice exercises
Check Your Understanding: "A Blanket Around the Earth"8m
Game 2: Match the Greenhouse Gas to its Source10m
Game 3: Present Progressive16m
Unit 2 Assessment 1: Label the Parts of the Greenhouse Effect Diagram10m
Game 4: Cause and Effect12m
Check Your Understanding: "Need Strategies to Clear the Air? Ask a Megacity."8m
Check Your Understanding: "A City Drought Caused by Destruction of a Rainforest?"8m
Game: Review Present Progressive16m
Check Your Understanding: "Melting of Ice Wedges Adds to Arctic Warming"8m

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Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

The Impacts of Climate Change on our World

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Reading
11 videos (Total 45 min), 8 readings, 8 quizzes
Video11 videos
Hurricanes & Storms5m
Language Focus: Scanning for Details5m
Unlockable Achievement 5m
Rising Sea Levels4m
The Impact on Our Health5m
Language Focus: Intensifiers (Normal and Strong Adjectives)3m
Expert Interview: Shandra Banutu-Gomez - The Situation in Africa5m
The Threat to Plants and Animals6m
Unlockable Achievement 6m
The Stress on Our Marine Ecosystem4m
Reading8 readings
Overview of the Unit10m
BASIC: The Consequences of Climate Change10m
ADVANCED: The Consequences of Climate Change10m
Game 2: Unit 3 Vocabulary Flashcards10m
BASIC: New Study Suggests Global Marine Food Chain Collapse10m
ADVANCED: New Study Suggests Global Marine Food Chain Collapse10m
Study: Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels Threaten Human Nutrition10m
African Nations Vulnerable to Effects of Climate Change10m
Quiz8 practice exercises
Game 1: Scanning for Details12m
Check Your Understanding: "The Consequences of Climate Change"8m
Unit 3 Assessment 1: The Effects of Climate Change on the Environment20m
Game 3: Intensifiers8m
Check Your Understanding: "New Study Suggests Global Marine Food Chain Collapse"8m
Check Your Understanding: "Study: Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels Threaten Human Nutrition"8m
Game: Review: Intensifiers8m
Check Your Understanding: "African Nations Vulnerable to effects of Climate Change"8m

4

Section
Clock
6 hours to complete

Discovering Cleaner Energy Sources to Power the World

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Reading
10 videos (Total 43 min), 11 readings, 9 quizzes
Video10 videos
The Power of Sun, Wind, and Water7m
Unlockable Achievement 7m
Language Focus: Summarizing Main Ideas from a Text (Part 1)5m
Language Focus: Summarizing Main Ideas from a Text (Part 2)7m
New Discoveries in Renewable Energy4m
Expert Interview: Dr. Yang - Capturing Waste Heat to Create Energy4m
Language Focus: Using Modal Verbs to Make a Suggestion6m
Unlockable Achievement 8m
Unlockable Achievementm
Reading11 readings
Overview of the Unit10m
Game 1: Unit 4 Vocabulary Flashcards10m
BASIC: Indian Scientists Design Solar Tree to Save Space for Solar Power Generation10m
ADVANCED: Indian Scientists Design Solar Tree to Save Space for Solar Power Generation10m
Model Summary: Preparation for Unit 4 Assessment 110m
BASIC: Salting Away Renewable Energy for Future Use10m
ADVANCED: Salting Away Renewable Energy for Future Use10m
Unit 4 Assessment 2: Speaking and Recording Instructions10m
Unit 4 Assessment 2: Written option instructions10m
'Blue Energy' Could be Another Way to Go Green10m
Nuclear Developers Have Big Plans for Pint-sized Power Plants in UK10m
Quiz8 practice exercises
Check Your Understanding: "Indian Scientists Design Solar Tree to Save Space for Solar Power Generation"8m
Game 2: Matching Main Ideas to Short Paragraphs8m
Unit 4 Assessment 1: Summary Response20m
Game 3: Order the Modal Verbs by Strength (Strong Suggestion – Weak Suggestion)12m
Check Your Understanding: "Salting away renewable energy for future use."8m
Check Your Understanding: “'Blue Energy' Could be Another Way to Go Green”8m
Grammar Review: Modals of Suggestion10m
Check Your Understanding: "Nuclear Developers Have Big Plans for Pint-sized Power Plants in UK"8m
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By UUApr 8th 2018

Great efforts are done to design the course.It was really effective and informative course.It was amazing to know about different renewable resources and technologies discussed in the course.

By MAJul 20th 2018

A very fruitful course in knowledge and language.\n\nI also benefit from the style you use on your videos .\n\nI use some sites such as quizlet.\n\nI got 92.4 % . Thank you very much.

Instructors

Jack Sullivan

Director of Programs
English Language Programs

Alyssa Swanson

Intensive Program Manager
English Language Programs

About University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn) is a private university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. A member of the Ivy League, Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and considers itself to be the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies. ...

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