Free online courses offered by the U.S. Department of State



Free online courses offered by the U.S. Department of State.

Enroll by September 18, 2023 and complete course work by September 25, 2023.

Tunis, August 14, 2023 – The U.S. Department of State is sponsoring free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for non-native English speakers interested in improving their English language skills in different fields. The following courses are currently being offered:

English for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – intended for participants interested in improving their English skills in the sciences, while exploring some of the most innovative areas of scientific study.

English for Business and Entrepreneurship -designed to help participants broaden their knowledge of business and entrepreneurship and guide them through starting up a new business.

English for Career Development – designed for participants interested in advancing their careers in the 21st century marketplace; it will improve interview and networking skills, and review job search, application, and interview processes and how to produce a professional resume and cover letter

English for Journalism – designed for participants interested in developing the skills needed for a career in modern journalism, including learning how to research, pitch, and interview; it will also review the impact and challenges of the digital media age.

English for Media Literacy – designed for participants interested in improving their language skills and knowledge of the media at the same time; course will explore the role media plays in society, the world of advertising, and how to identify targeted marketing strategies, analyze sources, and detect bias.

Creating and Implementing Online Courses – this facilitated course, provided by Arizona State University, is intended for non-native English language teachers, and will use the ADDIE model of instructional design to help teachers learn to create and implement online English courses for students.

The majority of these MOOCs are self-paced, meaning participants will study independently, without facilitation from an instructor. The courses are offered by the Online Professional English Network (OPEN), a U.S. Department of State initiative, and is administered by FHI 360, a U.S.-based nonprofit human development organization.

Enrollment is currently open for all six courses. Participants may enroll in the courses until September 18, 2023. After enrolling in the self-paced courses, participants may log in at any time – day or night – to access the course they are taking. English language teachers enrolling in the facilitated Creating and Implementing Online Courses MOOC will receive information on the logistics for that course upon registration.

The courses conclude on September 25, 2023. If you register for a MOOC listed in this announcement, all the modules of coursework must be completed by September 25, 2023. Participants who complete the required activities with a score of 70% or higher will receive a digital badge and certificate.

To enroll in any of these courses, visit the following website:

The Online Professional English Network (OPEN) is a U.S. Department of State initiative aimed fostering cultural understanding between American citizens and those of other countries by offering virtual learning opportunities to foreign English language educators, professionals and learners worldwide and providing free access to English language teaching and learning materials which can be reused, adapted and shared with others. OPEN professional development opportunities are developed by U.S. academic institutions and experts in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). For more information about the OPEN and its virtual learning opportunities, please visit:

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