Auf Deutsch: Communicating in German Across Cultures
A new University of Pennsylvania open learning course will offer elementary German online. The free course will give students a way to learn the language while widening their circle of German speaking friends via social media. Auf Deutsch: Communicating in German Across Cultures is a six-week, non-credit course launching on October 6, 2014 as one of the first open online foreign language classes on the Coursera platform.
The online course was developed by Edward Dixon, director of technology for the Penn Language Center and a lecturer for German language and culture. Through recorded lectures, online exercises and short readings, students will acquire basic language skills to create personal Web profiles in German that describe who they are, where they live and some of their daily activities. Students will engage with German society and with the societies of their fellow students. The syllabus consists of daily assignments on topics such as Familien und Beziehungen, Hobbys und Interessen, Ernährung und Wellness, and Reisen und Urlaub.