The NSW government is giving the University of Sydney $7.6m for training, engagement and research into community languages education. Projects include supporting new syllabuses and curriculums for 54 languages. There are 35 000 students at community schools taught by 2700 volunteers in NSW, which sounds to CMM like a market for MOOCS. But the university says while it will run a scoping study on supporting language learning on-line MOOCs are not the menu. They aren’t anywhere else either, that CMM knows of. While there are open online courses for learners of all manner of languages (notably via edX) there aren’t MOOCs on teaching them. People at the University of Queensland say they have “talked extensively” about a MOOC for teachers of languages but nothing is in the works.
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