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English for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

University of Pennsylvania via Coursera


Welcome to English for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, a course created by the University of Pennsylvania, and funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs.

To enroll in this course for free, click on “Enroll now” and then select "Full Course. No certificate." If you want to get a Coursera Verified Certificate for free, please fill out the Financial Aid form.

This course is designed for non-native English speakers who are interested in improving their English skills in the sciences. In this course, you will explore some of the most innovative areas of scientific study, while expanding your vocabulary and the language skills needed to share scientific information within your community. In unit 1, you will learn how to preview texts and practice some of the language used to make comparisons when talking about global warming and climate change. In unit 2, you will examine the chemistry of climate change and the language of cause and effect. In Unit 3, you will learn about some of the impacts of Climate Change and the language used to describe these effects. In Unit 4, you will learn reading strategies that can help you explore the science behind some new energy systems. In the final unit, you will investigate practical advances in Nanotechnology that help slow down climate change, while developing your own research skills in English.

Unless otherwise noted, all course materials are available for re-use, repurposing and free distribution under a Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution license.

Supplemental reading materials were provided by Newsela, which publishes daily news articles at a level that's just right for each English language learner.


Unit 1: Is the Earth Getting Warmer?

Unit 2: The Greenhouse Effect

The Impacts of Climate Change on our World

Discovering Cleaner Energy Sources to Power the World

What Might the Future Hold?

Taught by

Jack Sullivan and Ian Nichols


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  • Festina

    Festina completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    I wanted to study English first. Then I started studying those lami.I am very happy to be able to learn the language at this university because I felt that it is a very good university.
  • Eliud Utria Hernandez completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    The truth is that these studies are a great opportunity for me to improve my skills as an Engineer. Thank you for creating and providing this type of training.
  • Chanawat Sirichat

    Chanawat Sirichat completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    i think it so good for me. Hope it can improve my skills English, and i can develop every skills of english in myself , but sometimes i write its wrong.
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    Sarchia Khursheed

    Sarchia Khursheed completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    Good Course, mostly focused on Climate change topic, so you can enroll this course if you like to know more about Climate Change and it's issues.
  • Zain Ul Abdin is taking this course right now.

    I am the student of engineering field and want to gain experience about this so i want to join this you know better then me. Only experience is matter in engineering field

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