US Department of State to sponsor free online course

Diplomatic Correspondent

24th November, 2020 10:24:08 printer

US Department of State to sponsor free online course

As part of its Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2020 programming, the US Department of State is sponsoring a free Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) for non-native English speakers interested in improving their English language skills, and knowledge of business and entrepreneurship at the same time. 

From identifying an opportunity to planning a persuasive pitch, this course will guide you step-by-step through the basic elements of starting up a new business.

Through case studies, selected readings, and video lectures, participants can learn how to use market research to identify risks and opportunities. Participants will also learn how to read and develop a business plan and how to find investors and financial support.

Finally, participants will examine strategies for making a pitch to present your business concept. The MOOC is self-paced, meaning participants study independently, without facilitation from an instructor. 

It is offered by the Online Professional English Network (OPEN), a US Department of State initiative, and is administered by FHI 360, a US-based nonprofit human development organisation. 

Participants may enroll in this six-module course until December 18, 2020. At the end of this course, participants will be able to identify and apply strategies to improve reading and listening comprehension in English and practice using key vocabulary in business and entrepreneurship contexts. 

They will be able to analyze the role of entrepreneurship in local economies, identify and compare business models, and evaluate key components of effective market research and elements of an effective business plan in differing contexts.  They will also be able to identify and practice developing strategies to attract investors and obtain funding for a start-up.

To enroll in the course: