https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lenkvist

Upcoming Coursera courses in Spanish

Hi everyone,

If you are interested in putting your Spanish skills to the test, you might want to take a look at some of the courses that Coursera is hosting soon. There are five courses that will be taught in Spanish, two of which are specifically language related.

The first teaches students about rules for writing in Spanish, while the second is about writing more clearly to make yourself understandable. Both courses will have videos with Spanish subtitles and students can participate for free, so make sure to give them a go.

If you are interested in using your Spanish to learn something else, you may be interested in the other three courses. There is a course about improving your creativity, gaining business skills, as well as one about thinking about algorithms. If you are interested in learning about these things or want to improve your current knowledge and vocabulary on these subjects, you should certainly have a look at them.

Coursera has its own forums per course, but maybe people could use this discussion (or start another one) when they want to interact with their fellow students in English. I have signed up for the writing rules course, but I will have to see whether I have time to take the other courses.

I am really interested in reading whether people are going to give these courses a go so please feel free to share your experiences. Thank you for your attention, I hope you will all have a lot of fun with your learning.

April 24, 2014

32 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slogger

Thanks, that's good to know for the future. (My Spanish isn't good enough to give either one a shot, this time around.) These are not so "active" but they may be worth your while:

https://www.youtube.com/user/KhanAcademyEspanol

https://es.khanacademy.org/

April 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Verec

Thank you for sharing these. I have just signed up for the two writing courses, and will make them my project for the first half of summer. I don't expect to be making high scores, but if I can manage to pass them, then I think that is quite a large step!

April 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Treecie

Verec, I realize it is only day three but I am curious on what you think of Coursera. I am overwhelmed!

May 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Verec

Well, with final exams happening, today has been the first day that I've been able to really sit down and use it. I am nowhere near the level expected of users of this course, but nonetheless I am finding myself learning a great deal!

For the lecture videos I copy notes from the attached powerpoint slides, and view the videos several times... without captions, with them, then without them again. A dictionary is all you really need to understand what is being said. I'm keeping a list of new words that I learn from the course. And although I have not gotten into many kinds of conjugations on Duolingo yet, I am picking up on them quickly just through pattern recognition.

I will say that the diagnostic quiz is a nightmare. Some questions were doable (what noun is the pronoun "su" referring to?) but others were just horrible (put the following paragraphs in order). Don't use it to decide whether or not to take the course.

I am thus far very impressed with the quality, enjoying the material, and learning a great deal. I expect to follow it through to the end, and will be able to really put the required work in after my semester finishes.

May 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jorma1998b

which course are you taking? is it appropriate for teenagers? I wonder how high-schoolers would perform in this type of class.

May 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Verec

I'm taking the class "Fundamentos de la Escritura en Español." I haven't seen anything that would be inappropriate for teenagers. I could see you recommending this to an advanced class of students, but everything is in Spanish - the lectures, the class site, the forums, etc.

May 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/comradezack

From the first course:

Recommended Background


El curso está pensado para estudiantes preuniversitarios, hablantes de español como segunda lengua (en un nivel medio-avanzado) y todos los interesados en perfeccionar su redacción en español.


From the second:

Cualquier estudiante de Lengua Española, o bien de Español Lengua Extranjera (E/LE) de niveles C1 o C2;


I hope this can benefit some of those here but i'm far from being able to understand something like this.

April 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/thigg4

I tried the Egyptology class "pre-duo" and couldn't keep up, but signed up for the Creativity class just now. We'll see how much learning has happened :-). Thanks for the tip.

April 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jorma1998b

keep us posted, please

April 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jorma1998b

might be a good idea to create a thread with the name of that class, so that some of us can keep track with what happens in the class

April 27, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/thigg4

It's called "Ser más creativos" by by Dra. Guadalupe Vadillo out of UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico). So far just two "intro" videos and one for the first week. It's easier to understand than the Egyptology class (and maybe a bit more interesting, at least for me). https://class.coursera.org/creatividad-002

April 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Treecie

Lenkvist, Thanks for sharing the info. on Coursera. I am enrolled and it will definitely be a challenge. Had no idea what "aguda", "grave", or "esdrújula" meant in regards to the syllables. Now I do! :) I found their forums, but hope to utilize DL's too to accomplish this feat!

April 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Marian80

The app is great, you can watch the videos (after download them with the app) with no Internet connexion required. It was launched recently and it works ok.

April 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wonderboy6

Thanks for this!! Definitely something ill check out

April 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VishalVasisht

What exactly is Coursera??

April 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Verec

It is a website where you can sign up for and participate in free online courses. These classes are conducted by professors at actual universities, and they come with lecture videos, assignments, forums for discussing the course and its material, etc. I highly recommend it. There is also a site called edX which does almost the same thing.

April 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lenkvist

In case you are interested in more learning sites, some Duolingo users compiled a whole list of websites here:

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/205928

April 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ivank30

Seem good courses but seem too advanced at level 6. signed up any way to give it a shot

April 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Verec

At the very least, you can audit the course. It will make for good listening and reading practice!

April 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Treecie

ivank30, Just curious how you are doing with Coursera?

May 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jorma1998b

Sounds interesting. I'll take a look. And will put a link to my last year blunder with Coursera. Here is the link to my Coursera adventure two years ago: it's in Spanish, sorry. https://www.duolingo.com/comment/2768734

April 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tinnmel

I enjoyed the irony of the course topic and the mess that the course was. Thanks for sharing. I'll be trying the writing course, even though I do not feel ready for it. Hopefully it will go smoother than your experience.

April 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Treecie

jormal1998b, Read your "blunder" with Coursera. Are you doing the course now? I did not understand everything you wrote in Spanish but it sounded like you put a lot of time into it the first time around. These first three days I feel like I have done the same and I am lost! I am trying to use the forums but as you indicated they are mostly in Spanish. I don't want to give up, but I'm unsure it is realistic if I have only an hour or two each day that I can commit. I'm interested in your input.

May 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jorma1998b

Here is what I think. The class I enrolled in 2years ago was in English, so it was funny that some people were writing in Spanish, because the instructors were not supposed to speak-read Spanish. Now, if you enroll in this course in Spanish, then it's obvious that most people will use that language to participate. I enrolled in the correccion y estilo class, starting next Monday, it's in Spanish, in Spain. From what I read, there is already some 20,000 enrolled. It's going to be a mess. The objectives of the course, by themselves, are cryptic, really weird.

May 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tone78

Sounds great for me! My reading is better than my speaking.

April 27, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jorma1998b

i'm taking "fundamentos de la escritura en espanol", it's kind of easy for me. but some questions are rough. I think they don't know how to introduce the topics, and throw you hard questions about putting in the right order nebulous paragraphs that very few people understand.

May 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Treecie

Hi everyone. It is week five for the Coursera course. How are you doing? It has been quite a learning adventure. I thought I was at an intermediate level but find that I am looking up a lot of words. Lenkvist, I thank you for posting this course.

May 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jorma1998b

Treecie, Yes, we're in week 5 now, and so far so good. First 4 weeks were "easy", if you want. Any way, with three shots to take the practice quiz, you can't miss it. Week 5 was heavy, we get to use those nexos or marcadores textuales, and they have to make sense, which can be a challenge. So, I have to take notes of weeks4-5, and copy the large paragrah of week 5 test in MS Words to read carefully. So I made it, but there was confusion with one of those markers. Now we have to write a short paragraph about a place we like.

May 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tinnmel

Last night I finished the final test and this morning I submitted my paragraph. Now I only have to wait to evaluate three paragraphs from other students. I thought that this course was fairly easy, which was great to be able to improve my listening skills. I enjoyed taking the course enough that I signed up for "Pensamiento algorítmico". However, I haven't had a chance to work on it, so I am already a week behind.

June 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Treecie

Hi friends, You two are obviously ahead of me in your Spanish studies. Yes, I too finished the final test, submitted my paragraph and am waiting to evaluate three participating students. For me, the course was a challenge the whole way, and I am a little anxious about evaluating someone else! I learned a lot including what a MOOC is! I might be hooked, just like with DL. I feel very grateful to have a computer and the ability to continue learning Spanish through the many free resources available to me. Through the Coursera forums I am now beginning a MOOC with Miríada. It is a 6 week course about daily life. I just started and now this one seems kinda elementary but I think I will see it through.

June 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tinnmel

I think I am hooked too. I dropped the Pensamiento Algorítmico course because you need to use a program called Progranimate to complete the work. Well, Progranimate causes security flags. Their suggestion is too lower your security settings and then accept the risks. I wasn't willing to do that. However, I did sign up for another course with Coursera and I am trying to sign up for one with Miríada, but I am still waiting for them to send me a password. Anyhow, good luck with your courses and have fun. This seems to be a good way to kinda immerse yourself in a language without leaving home.

June 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LoesVanBos

"Fundamentos de la escritura en español" is starting again just now, for those interested.

August 15, 2014
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