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Can I just enroll in a single course?
Can I take the course for free?
此课程是 100% 在线学习吗？是否需要现场参加课程？
The courses will run every 2 weeks after launch. However the capstone will run less frequently, 4-5x per year.
The courses are aimed at learners with Business English proficiency, which is commonly taken to mean learners with at least a B1 level of proficiency on the Common European Framework Reference (CEFR) scale. Realistically, to successfully navigate the complex path of interviewing, resume writing, and working in an English-language environment, learners will need at least a B2 level of proficiency. The specialization itself, however, should help you advance your spoken language proficiency - no matter what level you start at.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
No, you do not. You do not even need to take the modules in a course, or the lessons in a module, in a specific order.
In putting the specialization together, we did conceive of courses 1, 2, and 3 going in order - and there is some logic to following them in that order, with course 4 taken after this sequence, or concurrently with one of the other courses. We have also put the modules and lessons in a logical order.
But we anticipate that every learner will come to the specialization with unique needs. If you are a learner with a near C2 or even native language proficiency, you may choose to skip over the lessons that focus on language skills; if you're already far ahead in the job search process and have an interview lined up, you may choose to focus just on the lessons that deal with specific interviewing strategies. If you have a telephone interview coming up, you may choose to focus just on the lessons that deal with telephone interviewing.
In short, these are not courses that have prerequisites. We expect some learners will follow the lessons in sequence, while others will pick and choose at random.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
No, you will not.
Your spoken English skills will improve. You will be positioned to find those future positions that best complement your strengths and skills. You will have the strategies and language needed to perform well in a variety of interview formats and to craft winning resumes and cover letters.
You will be able to identify the hiring manager's purpose behind the most frequently used interview questions. You will be able to prepare for and respond effectively to traditional interview questions, behavioral interview questions, situational (case) interview questions, brainteaser interview questions, and wild-card interview questions. You will be able to prepare for and identify how to approach telephone or Skype interviews, in-person interviews, team and panel interviews, stress interviews, and competency-based interviews.
You will be able to market yourself more effectively, according to the expectations of the English job market. You will be able to align your job hunting efforts with the customs and practices of employers in the English job market. You will be able to prepare for, execute, and succeed at a job search in the English speaking world.