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WSP 131 — Launching Your US Career: A Communication Toolkit for Non-Native English Speakers

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Saturdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Aug 5—Aug 12
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Jul 29
Unit: 1
Tuition: $310
Instructor(s): David Dodick
Limit: 22
Status: Open
Summer
On-campus course
Saturdays
10:00 am—4:00 pm
Date(s)
Aug 5—Aug 12
2 days
Drop By
Jul 29
1 Unit
Fees
$310
Instructor(s):
David Dodick
Limit
22
Open
Are you new to America and finding it hard to obtain a job in your field? Many foreign-born professionals find the process of applying for a position in the United States to be daunting and confusing. Communication challenges often stand in the way. And while possessing technical knowledge is important, much of your career success depends on your ability to express your ideas clearly.

This workshop will teach you how to communicate effectively in your US job search. You will learn how to navigate some of the challenges you face in trying to establish or reestablish your career in America, including making appropriate language choices and becoming familiar with American business and cultural norms. The workshop will be hands-on and participatory and will introduce you to key principles of strategic communication that you can apply to informational and formal interviewing, as well as writing cover letters and resumes. You will practice face-to-face mock interviewing with a native-speaking professional who will, using the description of a real job you would like to apply for, pose the kind of interview questions you can expect to hear. You will learn how to tailor your application to the requirements of the position and build confidence in your ability to communicate orally and in writing.

Prerequisite: Advanced English proficiency by non-native speakers using English in professional settings.

The course includes a lesson and practicum component. Students should submit a current resume and job ad for a position they would like to apply for before the workshop begins.

This workshop may not be taken for a Letter Grade.

David Dodick, Educational Consultant

David Dodick is a language and literacy specialist whose expertise is cross-cultural learning and the use of technology. He has taught highly skilled recent immigrants academic and business English at Stanford and Project Read. He received a PhD in education from the University of Toronto.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.
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