Saturday, April 30, 2016

Life Long Language Learning: Online Tools for Portuguese Learning

by Ann Abbott

I say it all the time: I love hearing from former students! Especially when they tell me that they are still using Spanish and are interested in continuing their learning.

This week I received this email from a student:

Hi Ann,

I'm not sure if you remember me or not, but I am a former student of yours (like six or seven years ago). I saw you on LinkedIn the other day and have been thinking of trying to pick up Portuguese lately so thought I'd reach out for some direction. I would like to take an online course for credit somewhere to keep me motivated and on task. If you have any insight and advice (and also time haha) please let me know. If you know of any similar advance Spanish courses like that I'd be interested as well. I've been using it a lot and there's always room for improvement! 

Unfortunately, I don't have good answers to the specific type of learning experience he's looking for. I understand signing up for a for-credit course because the structure and payment make you prioritize it. But I just don't know about 

So I shared the following information, and "Prof. Jason" and Prof. Kelm added more. 
What I forgot to add is that we do offer totally online Spanish courses from the University of Illinois that are for credit. I don't know if any of them fit this former student's interests and level, but maybe they will interest you.

You might wonder what work this former student does now to keep him interested in improving his Spanish and learning Portuguese. What do you think? International business? Agribusiness? Work in the tourism sector?

No. He is an EMT.

I hope that you're using online resources to keep up with your language skills! If you have any specific recommendations, please let me know (in a comment here or at arabbott@illinois), and I will add them to this post.


  1. I use DuoLingo to keep up with my Spanish and Portuguese and also picking up Italian now :) Thanks for the resources Profes(s)ora!

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