Any job recruiter will tell you that one of the hottest skills is fluency in a foreign language. But which should you learn?

If you want to communicate effectively in the global economy, the answer is simple: English. It’s spoken by nearly 2 billion people, and more and more companies are making it their corporate language.

So why wait to boost your career? The U.S. Department of State and the University of Pennsylvania are offering free massive open online courses (known as MOOCs) for non-native speakers to build English skills for a variety of fields.

The MOOCs are available through Coursera, a platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide to offer courses online for anyone to take. Each course will be offered twice over the next year.

Sign up for:

English for Business and Entrepreneurship
May and November 2016
This MOOC is designed for entrepreneurs who want to work in the international arena. Learn the English you need to write business plans, conduct market research, and communicate with partners and customers around the world.

English for Journalism
August 2016 and February 2017
Are you an aspiring journalist who wants to inform a global public of important issues and events? Build the language skills needed for reading, drafting, editing and proofreading in English.

English for Career Development
November 2016 and April 2017
If you’re ready to launch an international career, this MOOC is for you. Master the English skills needed for resumé writing, networking and interviewing while learning about the job-application process in the U.S.

More courses coming in 2017:

English for Media Literacy
April and October 2017
Do you ever think about the role the media play and how they influence public opinion? Hone English skills tied to reading and evaluating sources of information, such as social media, blogs and newspapers.

English for STEM Fields
June and October 2017
Interested in studying science, technology, engineering or math (STEM)? Open doors to educational opportunities by learning English used in STEM-related fields.

Get started today

ShareAmerica offers a series of everyday conversations that include audio clips to help you practice English. The American English website offers a variety of free resources for learners and teachers of English. The American English Facebook page posts learning materials for English-language learners daily.