Using MOOC Videos and Subtitles to Learn Languages

Although there don’t seem to be any MOOCs on the major provider platforms for learning languages, Coursera does offer courses in Chinese, French, Spanish, German, Arabic and Italian that you can use to help you learn the language. Most, if not all of them, provide subtitles for the videos so you can watch and read at the same time (and also learn some physics or Egyptology!)

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The great thing about Coursera is how easy it is to download all of the videos and subtitles at once. After joining a course, go to the Videos page that lists all of the available lectures. Using the free DownThemAll add-on for Firefox, you can download all of the files by using the Fast Filtering option to select only the videos and subtitles. (The subtitles are in .srt format and not hard coded into the videos so you can turn them off to test your comprehension.)

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FYI: Even if a course has already finished, sometimes you can still enroll and have access to the videos within the class archive.

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Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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