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University of Pennsylvania

English for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

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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


4.9 rating, based on 11 Class Central reviews

4.8 rating at Coursera based on 2712 ratings

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  • Festina
    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.
    Gostaria muito de aprender o idioma inglês, pois seria fundamental para meu crescimento profissional e até buscar um intercâmbio de emprego
  • Anonymous
    I would like to take a course and I think it is important because it will help in professional progression, since I work at the Ministry of Science and Technology and professor of Mathematics at Ubniversity.
  • Chanawat Sirichat
    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.
  • 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.
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    Sarchia Khursheed
    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.
  • Anonymous
    Alem de ser um ótimo curso, ajuda bastante pessoas a destravar o inglês, principalmente estrangeiros espero que mais cursos sejam disponibilizados.
  • Marco Antônio FerrazRosa
    Desce Sir:-I live in Brazil, and I'm 66 years old, I'm

    Nath's Teacher (high-school).U love Mathematica, computer cience.U think the majorty problema If our society csn bê resolver with Tecnólogo and Love.Principatly the problema is about potável, production good without contamination gtound water. The bigest country have obligation solve This huge Challenger.A set of meadures involving State and Private Iniciativa.The big ones corpirstions All must work together, where surveval If the enviroment be our only goal.We have techology, Engineering and Mathematica as the besta tools
  • Anonymous
    my name is elania reis siqueira capeli vaz i'm 47 years old i'm married, graduated in pedagogy and math, i'm currently unemployed

    I want to study I want to win in this life I want to teach what I can for those who want to learn I'm poor the only thing that never robbed me is education and knowledge

  • 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
  • Isabelli Bello Rodrigues
    Otimo muito bom estou ansiosa para começar a estudar , sou do Brazil e meu sonho é estudar em Havard

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