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Did you know that over 840 million people speak English?

From business to school to relationships, better writing and communications skills can benefit all areas of your life. Improved speaking and writing skills can help you personally and professionally:

  1. Advance Your Career: Global organizations are choosing English as their common language even though Chinese is the highest spoken. In fact, the Harvard Business Review declared English as the global language of business. Also, the same applies to English as the language of science. English is considered to be the lingua franca for the scientific community.
  2. Communicate Better: With English being the official language for 53 countries, it has officially become an International Language.
  3. Widen Your Reach: Did you know that up to 55% of the content that is published online is in English? From movies to books, it represents up to 26% of the worldwide Internet content. Increasing your English skills can open up your world to vast opportunities.

Improve your English-language writing and speaking skills today by taking the following edX courses:

English Grammar and Style – UQx – February 29, 2016

Grammar is the way a language organizes and constructs itself. By giving you a grounding in English grammar and style, this course will teach you how to create the sort of writing that is required in the 21st century digital world.

English Composition – ASUx – March 14, 2016 (Credit Eligible)

This credit-eligible course from ASU aims to help students communicate their ideas clearly by improving their composition and writing skills. By completing various different writing projects, you will learn about topics ranging from critical thinking to stylistic choices.

IELTS Academic Test Preparation – UQx – Self-Paced

IELTS is the world’s most popular English language testing system. The University of Queensland has over 15 years of experience helping students around the world prepare for the academic IELTS test. This communication course provides you with over 80 hours of content, covering each of the four main sections of the test: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Conversational English Skills – TsinghuaX – Self-Paced 

How do you start and end a conversation in a polite way? How do you find the right words while communicating something in English? Through group discussions, dialogues and activities, this course is a perfect start for anyone who wants to improve their English conversational skills. 

English for Doing Business in Asia-Speaking – HKUSTx – February 16, 2016  

The use of English for doing business in multiple countries is a fact of life for many professionals. This course aims to accomplish two goals – first, to help nonnative English speakers develop their spoken communication and second – to analyze the impact of globalization on English communication. This course also helps you learn new vocabulary, sharpen your pronunciation skills and deliver a professional presentation. 

English at Work in Asia: Job Applications, CVs and Cover Letters – HKPolyUx – May 9,2016

In order to secure a job that is right for you, effective English skills are a common feature that applies to all countries. From designing your resume to creating a compelling online presence, this course aims to help both native and nonnative English speakers secure their dream job. 

English at Work in Asia: Preparing for a Job Interview – HKPolyUx – May 23,  2016

Learn from industry professionals and recruiters on how to perform more effectively in a job interview. From answering challenging interview questions to post interview steps, this course is designed for native and nonnative English speakers. 

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  1. walles15 Says: June 7, 2016 at 5:34 am

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