Penn offers first German language MOOC

Those interested in learning German for free may want to say “Danke” to the University of Pennsylvania.

The Ivy League university is launching its first German language Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).

“Auf Deutsch: Communicating in German Across Cultures,” is a free, six-week, non-credit course that will begin Oct. 6, the university said.

The foreign language course will be offered via the Coursera platform.

For the course, students will be asked to create personal profiles on the web in German, describing themselves, their likes and dislikes, location and daily activities, the university said. They will cover topics ranging from families and relationships to hobbies and interests, nutrition and wellness and travel and vacation.

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Pennsylvania State University earlier this year announced it was offering one of its most popular courses — “Creativity, Innovation and Change” — in Chinese.