Academic Certificate in Communication Skills for Non-Native English Speakers

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Academic Plan

AC Communication Skills for Non-Native English Speakers

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MCCCD Program Detail

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Culture and Society


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.

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.

What You’ll Learn

This program 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.

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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All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

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Major: 6222N
First Term: 2018 Spring
Final Term: Current
Award: AC
Total Credits: 30
CIPS code: 09.9999
SOC codes: 25-1122, 27-3041, 27-3043
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Program Availability: - GC, MC
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Last Updated: 01/13/2020