US Offers Free Online Course for English Language Skills

Desk Report

Published: 25 Nov 2020, 12:01 pm

The US Department of State is sponsoring a free Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) for non-native English speakers interested in improving their English language skills, business knowledge and entrepreneurship at the same time as part of its Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2020.

This course will guide participants step-by-step through the basic elements of starting a new business, the US Embassy said by identifying an opportunity to plan a persuasive pitch, reports UNB.

The participants will learn how to use market research to identify risks and opportunities through case studies, selected readings and video lectures.

They will also learn how to read and build a business plan and find investors and financial support.

The MOOC is self-paced, meaning that participants study independently, without the guidance of an instructor.

It is offered by the Online Professional English Network (OPEN), an initiative of the US Department of State, and is managed by FHI 360, a US-based non-profit human development organisation.

Participants can enroll ( in this six-module course until December 18, 2020.

After enrolling, participants can log in at any time – day or night – to access the course.

All six modules of coursework must be completed by December 28, 2020.

Participants who complete the requisite activities with a score of 70 per cent or more will receive a digital badge and certificate.

The MOOC "English for Business and Entrepreneurship Syllabus" is built for non-native English-speaking entrepreneurs and prospective entrepreneurs interested in developing their language skills and knowledge of business and entrepreneurship.

At the end of this course, participants will be able to identify and apply strategies to improve reading and listening comprehension in English and practice using key vocabulary in business and entrepreneurship contexts.

They will be able to examine the role of entrepreneurship in local economies, define and compare business models, and assess key components of effective market analysis and elements of an effective business strategy in a variety of contexts.

They will also be able to identify and practice techniques for attracting investors and securing start-up capital.

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