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Spanish in Texas Project Wins LIFT Grant

COERLL's Spanish in Texas Corpus (SPinTX) project was selected to receive funding from the Longhorn Innovation Fund for Technology (LIFT) for the grant period September 1, 2012 – August 31, 2013. For the past two years, the project team has collected a spoken corpus of authentic Spanish and bilingual Spanish-English speech samples from diverse populations across Texas. The focus of the project over the next year will be to help educators exploit the videos in the SPinTX corpus to customize materials for the teaching of Spanish at all educational levels.


The aims of the project are:

  • to develop a pedagogically friendly interface for the video corpus; 
  • to involve teachers and learners, via crowd-sourcing, social networking, and workshops, in the development of open educational resources (OER); and to
  • develop a model for using open source tools and a pedagogical interface that can be adapted for any language corpus.

In the spirit of openness, we will be sharing and discussing what we learn and create throughout the project on our new Corpus to Classroom blog. We invite you to join with us as we explore new tools and methods for integrating authentic content and open data into the language classroom!