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COM 87 — Workplace Communication for Non-Native English Speakers

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Apr 10—May 8
Time: 5:30—7:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Apr 12
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $390
Instructor(s): Shunyao Li
Limit: 40
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Open
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
5:30—7:30 pm (PT)
Apr 10—May 8
5 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 12
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Shunyao Li
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
You dream of leading teams, managing projects, or founding companies, but you worry that your English isn’t good enough. So what do you do? Bury your ambitions? Not anymore. This course is designed to help you master workplace communication so you can pursue your long-term goals and grow your career.

In this course, we will work together as a cohort to address common communication challenges in professional settings: What do you do if you’re lost in conversations? How do you articulate your core message? How do you deal with workplace conflicts? Each week will include a two-hour live online session and one optional take-home exercise. When we practice, we’ll work through practical exercises that simulate real-life situations, such as exploring conflict resolution through role-plays or debating a controversial topic to understand different perspectives. Students will run through these scenarios with a small group and receive thoughtful and applicable feedback from both the instructor and peers.

This course is designed for those with a few years of experience working in an English-language environment who can handle day-to-day conversations at work but want to improve their communication and professional prospects.

Founder, Communicate at Work

Shunyao Li is the founder of Communicate at Work and has taught workplace communication to hundreds of students. She has led cross-functional teams in both big corporations and startups, and developed frameworks that work the best for non-native English speakers. She received a PhD from UC Santa Barbara.

Textbooks for this course:

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