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Online Spanish for Beginners Specialization on Coursera

Created by UC Davis Extension and hosted on the Coursera platform, this is an online course consisting of pre-recorded video lectures, auto-graded and peer-reviewed assignments and community discussion forums. This specialization program is self-paced and designed to help you master a specific career skill in as little as 4-6 months.

¿Habla usted español? Spanish is the second most spoken language on earth, second only to Mandarin, and growing in use every day. This self-paced specialization is designed for the beginner who may have no experience with learning a second language but who wants to be able to read, write and speak Spanish for personal, travel or business use, or who just wants to learn a second language and build cultural awareness. The topical approach of each course allows learners to develop sets of vocabularies that will form the foundation for a broad understanding of the language. Learners will start with the basics, including common expressions, pronunciation and grammar, and work toward building a functional vocabulary of the 1500 most commonly used Spanish words. The specialization includes 4 courses that progressively build on the skills learned previously, and culminates in a project that allows learners to apply their knowledge and language skills.


Robert Blake, Ph.D., is professor of Spanish in the Department of Spanish and Classics and director of the Second Language Acquisition Institute at UC Davis. He has published widely in Spanish Linguistics on topics dealing with historical phonology, historical syntax, modern syntax and second-language learning. He is the lead author for Al Corriente (1998, 3rd ed.), a second-year Spanish textbook based on authentic reading materials and fully integrated website activities. He is the chief academic adviser for Nuevos Destinos CD-ROM (1998), a joint project of McGraw-Hill, Annenberg CPB projects and WGBH Boston.

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Jan 01 to Mar 31

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