About this Specialization

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This specialization covers the listening and speaking skills that non-native English-speaking students need to be successful in English-speaking colleges and universities. Native English-speaking students who would like to increase their chances of success in university courses will also benefit as well anyone interested in improving their listening comprehension skills. You will learn how to listen to class lectures and take notes more effectively. You will also improve your speaking skills for common tasks such as class discussions and presentations. In the capstone, you will create a video presentation on an academic topic.
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Intermediate Level
Approx. 5 months to complete
Suggested 5 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Indonesian, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Albanian...
Learner Career Outcomes
60%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
18%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Intermediate Level
Approx. 5 months to complete
Suggested 5 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Indonesian, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Albanian...

There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Academic Listening and Note-Taking

4.5
stars
479 ratings
131 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Presentations: Speaking so that People Listen

4.5
stars
175 ratings
49 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Academic Discussions in English

4.4
stars
55 ratings
16 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Advanced Speaking and Listening Project

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University of California, Irvine

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  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • Each course is designed to be completed in about 4 weeks. The capstone will take about 4 weeks. Therefore, the whole specialization can be completed in about 18 weeks.

  • Learners should have a basic understanding of the English language.

  • It is recommended that you take these courses in order, but it is not required.

  • You should talk to your university to find out if they will give you credit. The University of California, Irvine does not give credit for this specialization.

  • Upon completing the specialization, you will be able to understand and take notes effectively when listening to college lectures and you will be able to deliver effective presentations and communicate smoothly in a variety of academic conversations.

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