Academic Certificate in Communication Skills for Non-Native English Speakers

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Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Culture and Society

The Academic Certificate (AC) in Communication Skills for Non-Native English Speakers is an interdisciplinary program of study designed to extend traditional ESL coursework. It provides Non-Native English Speakers with oral and written communication skills including interpersonal communication, small group interaction, team-building, problem solving, public speaking and presentation skills, conflict resolution, assertiveness, and leadership. Students develop skills to enhance their professional, social, and personal interactions, and become more competitive and effective in the workforce.


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Field of Interest
Culture and Society
Academic Plan
Communication Skills for Non-Native English Speakers (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total Credits Required
Effective Term
Spring 2018

This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses within the Required Courses area.

What You’ll Learn

This certificate will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Compose expository essays in English.
  2. Demonstrate skill in research, note-taking, organization, and documentation in the preparation and writing of a research paper.
  3. Demonstrate skill in using verbal and nonverbal symbols, interactive listening, resolving interpersonal conflict, and developing and maintaining personal and professional relationships.
  4. Analyze American speech production problems due to accents produced by another language; correct misarticulated American speech sounds; demonstrate critical listening to sound production and American English speech patterns; use American idioms and expressions; and prepare and deliver group and individual speech presentations.
  5. Demonstrate oral fluency in spontaneous speaking contexts and presentational speaking skills in English.
  6. Complete a service-learning field experience within a private or public agency, educational institution, or citizen volunteer group.
  7. Read and analyze varied and challenging reading materials, and analyze, synthesize, and evaluate these materials through written discourse.

Required Courses

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
COM120Pronunciation of American Speech3
COM221Oral Fluency in American Speech3
COM282ACService-Learning Experience in Communication3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3)3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as Indicated by Assessment3
ENG101First Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3)3
ENG102First Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First Year Composition for ESL (3)3

Restricted Electives

Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
If choosing BPC110 or CIS105 only one can be applied
BPC110Computer Usage and Applications3
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems3
COM230Small Group Communication3
COM259Communication in Business and Professions3
ENG111Technical Writing3
GBS233Business Communication3
IBS109Cultural Dimension for International Trade3
SWU295Effective Helping in a Diverse World3
Any approved General Education course in the cultural awareness [C] value (3) OR
COM+++ Any COM Communication course (3)3

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Full Award Details

First Term
2018 Spring
Final Term
Total Credits
CIPS code
SOC codes
25-1122.00, 27-3041.00, 27-3043.00
Program Availability
Last Updated
Financial Aid Eligible?
This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.