Modern Languages ​​launches online language courses – News

July 19, 2022

The Department of Modern Languages ​​at Carnegie Mellon University is proud to announce the launch of its new online language programs for Chinese, French, and Spanish. Offered as part of CMU’s Open Learning Initiative (OLI), online courses provide innovative, flexible and affordable options for students, independent learners and instructors looking to enhance their language teaching.

The online programs have been developed by experts from the Department of Modern Languages ​​and are designed to ensure student engagement. They offer the same high-quality education as traditional in-person offerings and offer engaging cultural content centered on the diversity of the Spanish-speaking, French-speaking and Chinese worlds. Best of all, the programs are open to everyone: no CMU affiliation is required to enroll, and classes start at just $10.

“We believe that language learning is essential to forming true global citizens who can engage thoughtfully with people from all walks of life,” said Anne Lambright, head of the modern languages ​​department and professor of studies. hispanics. “By enabling more people to access high-quality language education, our online language programs help support our department’s mission.”

“Our online courses showcase the best of modern language learning,” said Natalie Amgott, associate director of online language learning in the Department of Modern Languages. “The courses are affordable, accessible from anywhere in the world and supported by the best teaching practices. These courses can be easily adapted for in-person teaching or online teaching of synchronous or asynchronous language courses. “

For independent language learners

Learners looking to improve their language skills on their own schedule can choose between two options depending on their preferred study method – self-paced independent study ($10) or an instructor-led program with weekly meetings and a small peer group ($50). ). Certificates will be awarded for successful completion of the course.

Both options have been designed to help learners maintain consistency and motivation, a common challenge when using language learning apps and other mediums. Self-paced lessons can start at any time; the next instructor-led session will begin in the fall semester of 2022. Participants of the next instructor-led program will receive a special price of $40.

For language teachers

Language teachers can integrate online language programs into their university and college level curricula. Lessons feature videos with target language speakers and include a variety of interactive student activities, such as listening, reading, writing, grammar, culture, and vocabulary. Materials can be easily integrated for online, in-person, and hybrid courses, and can be customized to meet the needs and learning outcomes of an individual institution.

Future plans

Going forward, the Department of Modern Languages ​​is delighted to continue to develop the online programs to offer more advanced levels, including French 3, as well as additional languages, such as Arabic and German.

“We hope these courses will help reduce barriers to language learning while giving students, learners and instructors the tools they need to succeed,” Amgott said. “Our online programs are accessible and effective, and help us share the work of the Modern Languages ​​Department with more learners around the world.”

Sylvester L. Goldfarb