Tsinghua University Online Course on Conversational English Skills

Tsinghua University is currently offering online course on conversational English Skills to learn how to effectively communicate in English.  This 10-week course helps in improving conversational language skills.

The overall objective of this course is to help in starting the conversation, or find the right words when communicating in English.

Course At A Glance

Length: 10 weeks
Effort:  4 hours/week
Subject: Conversational English Skills.
Institution: Tsinghua University and edX
Languages: English
Price:  Free
Certificate Available: Yes. Add a Verified Certificate for $49
Session: Self-Paced

Providers’ Details

Tsinghua University is offering the course via renowned online platform edX. Tsinghua has approximately 3,200 faculty members and over 35,000 students, including 3,500 international students from 108 countries. Among its 170,000 alumni are many outstanding scholars, successful entrepreneurs, and distinguished statesmen who have been playing important roles in the development of China.

This online platform edX provides online courses from the world’s best universities. edX can empower you to build innovative applications, services, and experiences on the  TsinghuaXplatform. Tsinghua University courses can be audited free or students can choose to receive a verified certificate for a small fee that will help you make a meaningful impact in today’s interconnected world.

About This Course

Are you finding it difficult to start the conversation, or find the right words when communicating in English? Do you know how to start and end conversations in a polite way? Do you want to learn more about American, British, Canadian, Australian, South Korean, Colombian, and Chinese cultures? If so, you’ve come to the right course!

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts. Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course you will have knowledge of:
-Develop conversational English skills
-Listen to dialogues and group discussions to better understand spoken English and cultural norms
-Learn key words and expressions
-Engage in activities to help you better understand the meaning of conversations
-Learn to initiate your own conversations in English on a variety of topics


Wenxia Zhang
Professor at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Tsinghua University, China.

Fang Yang
Associate professor at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Tsinghua University, China.

Glenn M. Davis
Working in the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures at Tsinghua University since 2013, and currently teaches courses in oral communication, research paper writing, and foreign language acquisition.

Thomas H. Piachaud
Worked in the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures, Tsinghua Unviersity, over the course of three years.


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