FutureLearn’s focus is on English speaking learners. While we may explore offering versions of FutureLearn in non-English languages in the future, for now we offer limited support for other languages. However, we offer limited support for other languages and we are starting to explore how we can better promote these languages, starting with Spanish and French.
We have created collections of courses in Spanish and French. Unlike courses in other languages, these courses are publicly listed on the website and discoverable in search. If our initial pilot phase goes well we will extend this collection with more courses. We will also consider other languages.
What do we support?
We welcome partners adding more support for non-native English speakers on English language courses, such as subtitles and additional materials like downloadable PDFs, in supported languages:
- Chinese (Simplified)
- Chinese (Traditional)
We can support educators presenting in their native language in videos or audio (as long as English subtitles are available). However, we recommend that, wherever possible, videos are presented in English to aid understanding.
Things to consider
If you're thinking about running a course in a language other than English, French or Spanish, here's some things you should consider carefully:
- Non-English language courses will be run as “unlisted” courses and will not be included in the FutureLearn discovery experience.
- All navigation, instructional text, automated emails, FAQs and any text not directly created via Course Creator will be in English.
- As well as the website text, all automated text on Certificates of Achievement and transcripts will stay in English. This includes disclaimers and text such as weeks and hours of effort.
- We respond to all learner feedback in English.
Please contact your Partnership Manager if you would like to talk about running a course in a language other than English.