The University of Zagreb, the CHF and the SRCE University Computing Centre launched a new series, the eight consecutive, of the HiT-1 Croatian Internet language course – an on-line course for Croatian as a second or foreign language. Thirteen participants have enrolled for the introductory level Croatian language e-course and will follow classes and participate from their homes in Germany, Poland, Canada and the USA. All those who pass the final exam will receive confirmation of their participation and a transcript of their grades from the University of Zagreb.

On March 3rd the University of Zagreb, the Croatian Heritage Foundation and the SRCE University Computing Centre launched a new series, the eight consecutive, of the HiT-1 Croatian Internet language course – an on-line course for Croatian as a second or foreign language. Thirteen participants have enrolled for the introductory level Croatian language e-course and will follow classes and participate from their homes in Germany, Poland, Canada and the USA. The course runs to May 25th of this year when all those who pass the final exam will receive confirmation of their participation and a transcript of their grades from the University of Zagreb.
The HiT-1 course is a form of distance learning, conducted via the e-learning system, and includes a mandatory 24 hours of classes with an instructor via the Internet (Skype and Webinar). It consists of seven instructional units that participants have a total of twelve weeks to master, in which they are assisted by experienced instructors and experts for Croatian as a foreign language Lidija Cvikić DSc, Marija Bošnjak BA, Maša Musulin BA and Zrinka Kolaković BA – also the authors of this unique programme. Instruction is interactive and the approach to learning the language individualised.
The HiT-1 Croatian Internet Course (Hrvatski internetski tečaj) is the first university on-line course for Croatian as a second and foreign language in Croatia, launched at the initiative of the CHF. The course is the result of excellent collaboration between the Croatian Heritage Foundation, the University of Zagreb and the SRCE University Computing Centre, with the support of the Ministry of Science, Education and Sport. It is a key project that provides a window to learning the Croatian language to Croatians who are unable to attend courses in Croatia or from whom the opportunities to learn Croatian in their countries of residence are limited. The HiT-1 course was created in 2009 and 2010, and was launched for its test run in March of 2011. It has been conducted on a regular basis since September of 2011 and has to date been successfully completed by forty-three participants from twenty-four countries on six continents: Australia (2), Africa (2), South America (7), North America (12), Europe (19) and Asia (1).

Videos about the course are available at the following Internet sites:
• Croatian language e-learning – CROnline
• Croatian language e-learning – Croatian Television (HTV) news item
The organisers have already announced the next course from 15 September to 7 December 2014 – detailed information is available at: (www.matis.hr)