Learning a Language Online

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melymely106 posted this 19 October 2011 - Last edited 24 February 2016

Learning a new language should be a fun and exciting experience. It should be based on the learners' needs and interests. Many people want to learn a new language for many different reasons and I teach based on those needs. Learning a new language opens many new opportunities in career, travel and in corporate areas. Through the advancements in technology and in globalization, it is our duty to continue to keep up with the times and learn as much as we can to succeed. There are many programs and schools that provide excellent language learning development. It is important to evaluate each school and software program according to how you learn and their approach to teaching the new language.

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VickyPhillips posted this 19 October 2011 - Last edited 06 August 2015

Hello MelyMely and Welcome,

What do you teach and where? Can you recommend any resources for language learning online?

Thanks! Vicky

VickyPhillips posted this 25 October 2011 - Last edited 06 August 2015

Hello All,

For those looking for online foreign language courses that carry college credit you can look at GeorgiaOnMyLine. This site catalogs 100+ language and literature AND culture courses in topics from sign language to ESL to french to Spanish. This site is run by the University System of Georgia public colleges so the online courses here are from state colleges and fairly affordable or cheap if you want and need academic degree credit.

Go Get Educated! Vicky

dhandlos posted this 27 October 2011 - Last edited 06 August 2015

Fantastic. Great find, Vicky!

VickyPhillips posted this 03 December 2011 - Last edited 06 August 2015

Hey David,

Ola,

Have you heard about Duolingo

It is the newest free project by Carnegie Mellon Professor Luis von Ahn, the fellow who invented captcha. On November 30, 2011 the site opened in limited test beta.

The site offers free Spanish and German courses for English speakers and English for others. The project is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. You learn the language by translating from the language you are learning -- say Spanish -- back to your native language.

At the same time you are actually working to help translate the web into various languages. It is an experiment meant to see if crowd sourcing translation assignments completed by online students can be used to make the web globally readable in a cost effective manner.

Here's a good background story on this new free learn a language site .

It's a very cool experiment in free online language learning.

You can check out what the National Science Foundation has to say about this new free online learning project http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1054630

Hasta la vista Vicky

dhandlos wrote:

Fantastic. Great find, Vicky!

dhandlos posted this 05 December 2011 - Last edited 06 August 2015

Fantastic, thanks!

Spanish in particular is something I've been trying to pick up in bits and pieces over the last year, this could be a huge help!