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MOOC Frysk

A Massive Open Online Course on the basics of the Frisian Language

From 14 April 2018 onwards, everyone can participate in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) about the Frisian language. This four-week online course has been developed by Afûk and Fryske Akademy/ Mercator. The MOOC is open and online available for everyone around the world to participate, free of charge. 

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Introduction to the Frisian language

This MOOC aims to get people outside of the Netherlands acquainted with the Frisian language. This course has therefore been written in English. Nevertheless, the course is also suitable for people living in the Netherlands who are interested in the country’s second language. 

Next level

The first Frisian MOOC was made by the the University Of Groningen in 2016: a three-week entry course (level A0) to master the fundamentals of the Frisian Language. The new Frisian MOOC, developed by Afûk and Fryske Akademy/Mercator, can be seen as a follow-up course (level A1/A2). It has been developed as a four-week course, and each week different words and themes are centered upon. The MOOC focuses on learning the principles of the language, but also includes a taste of Frisian culture and history and some multilingualism and linguistics in the curriculum. Cultural aspects covered include Frisian theater and Frisian as family language.

Left to right: Renske Pasma, Jan Douwes (Afûk), Marlous Visser, Ramziè Krol-Hage, Cor van der Meer, Joana Duarte (Fryske Akademy/ Mercator)


Since it is an online course, participants can decide for themselves where and when they follow the course, and how much time they spend on it. The course will remain available online throughout the year. 


The official launch took place on Saturday 14 April 2018 in the pavillion 'MeM - Livingroom of Languages' in Leeuwarden, part of Lân fan taal/ European Capital of Culture 2018. Singer Iris Kroes and theater company Tryater were special guests.

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Research theme
Multilingualism and Language learning

Coordinating partner
Mercator European Research Centre

Mercator staff
Ramziè Krol-Hage, Marlous Visser and Joana Duarte

01/06/2016 - 2018

Province of Friesland

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