OER for Languages
Collaborative projects with National Resource Centers for the development and dissemination of OER designed to advance the instruction of less commonly taught languages using technology-enhanced settings such as video conferencing and mobile learning.
Brazilpod Teacher’s Guide and Lesson Index
The Língua da Gente library contains 185 audio podcast lessons for users to mix and match, both for self-directed study and organized courses. The Brazilpod website contains even more lessons and media. In order to make it easier for users (independent learners, students, and instructors) to choose the right content for their teaching and learning, we will publish lesson plans, teaching aids, suggestions for implementation, search and sort capabilities, and task-based lesson outlines (with can-do statements). These updates will serve users of varying levels of proficiency and professional needs.
Partners: LLILAS at UT Austin
ClicaBrasil Print-on-demand Textbook
ClicaBrasil is a widely-used intermediate online course from the University of Texas at Austin that develops skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking. ClicaBrasil contains videos shot on location in Brazil that feature Brazilians talking in a conversational manner about their lives. To expand the project further, we plan on publishing a print-on-demand textbook to accompany the online videos and readings. The ClicaBrasil textbook will be made available through a third-party publisher. Learners who don’t wish to purchase the openly licensed textbook may download free PDFs of the content.
Partner: LLILAS at the University of Texas at Austin
Her Şey bir Merhaba ile Başlar (Everything Begins with a Hello)
Her Şey bir Merhaba ile Başlar is a new set of open-source curricular materials designed to facilitate Turkish language learners’ progression from the Intermediate-Mid to the Advanced-Mid proficiency level. Informed by the “flipped classroom” and “blended instruction” models, these online and print-on-demand materials encourage learners to use language to investigate, explain and reflect on the relationship between contemporary Turks’ socio-cultural practices/products and their perceptions of family, love and marriage, globalized consumer culture, the environment, art, film and politics.
Juntos: The Heritage Spanish Lesson Project
Juntos is a series of units for Heritage Spanish learners in grades 6-12. Three lessons aligned to the K12 Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) comprise each unit. Relevant scenarios related to personal life, college tasks, career readiness and civic participation frame each lesson and increase student engagement by making learning authentic and relevant to real issues that students face. Each lesson identifies an intermediate or advanced proficiency target that supports language acquisition in the interpersonal, interpretive and presentational modes. The project also provides teachers with a replicable approach to lesson design for adapting or creating their own materials.
LCTLs OER Consultancy
Language instructors often contact COERLL for advice about open licenses and open design. COERLL is currently involved in LCTL projects in the capacity of external consultant. These projects are supervised by another grant-funded entity while receiving advice about open pedagogical design from the COERLL staff. They include UT-Austin’s South Asia Institute LCTL Resources Initiative and the University of Chicago’s Mellon Grant for OER Development. The results will be a collection of lesson plans in languages such as Bangla, Hindi, Malayalam, Sanskrit, Tamil, and Urdu.
OER for Teaching and Learning Nahuatl
This project aims to develop 30 units of multimedia learning materials for Huasteca Nahuatl to be published online in both Spanish and English. They will focus on developing students' oral communication skills but will also contribute to their reading and writing abilities. Huasteca Nahuatl has tens of thousands of speakers in Mexico and is one of the Nahuatl dialects with the largest geographical area. The materials will contribute also to foster awareness of indigenous issues and inter-ethnic conflict in Mexico and the United States.
Partner: LLILAS at the University of Texas at Austin
Reality Czech: A Course in Contemporary Czech Language and Culture
Reality Czech is a contemporary, interactive, and personalized curriculum for beginning language students. Designed using techniques of blended and flipped learning, it spans several platforms (Reality Czech website, Canvas course site, Quizlet) as well as various media types (online and print). Each module follows a sequence of pre-class activities (Quizlet vocabulary activities, video and audio with comprehension questions, culture notes, grammar exercises), in-class activities in an activity book that encourages interaction and language production, and post-class activities that use both exercises and authentic texts as a catalyst for students to create language. Work on an intermediate curriculum will begin shortly.
Partners: The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) and The Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin
Recorridos: AP Spanish Literature Anthology
COERLL will be publishing several volumes of Recorridos: a medieval to modern Hispanic literature anthology written by two former AP Spanish teachers and based on the AP literature exam reading list. Each textbook includes reading, pre-reading, and post-reading activities and glosses, historical and cultural information, and assessments. Through authentic spoken and written communication, students develop interpretive, interpersonal and presentational communication skills. These materials render the often challenging pre-21st century language of classic texts more accessible, allowing the literary characters, themes, and conflicts to ignite students’ critical and creative thinking.
Texas Coalition for Heritage Spanish (TeCHS)
In 2015, the Hispanic community represented 40% of Texas population but as today there are only a handful of colleges and universities offering Spanish Heritage Language (SHL) coursework. The Texas Coalition for Heritage Spanish (TeCHS), through online publication and collaboration and yearly meetings and workshops, will serve as a platform for sharing relevant data and pedagogical resources—such as syllabi, lesson plans, and materials—with the teaching community at large. Members will collaborate to disseminate information on best practices for heritage language instruction and support effective SHL language programs at all levels of instruction. The Coalition will collaborate to connect Hispanic organizations with universities/colleges, and advocate and help inform policy-making at the local and state level.
The objective of this project is to apply the tenets of the Multiliteracies pedagogy Learning by Design, and of performance-based instruction and assessment, to the development of openly licensed educational resources (OER) for the teaching of Spanish to beginning and intermediate second language (L2) university students. Even though this undertaking will first benefit learners in L2 Spanish classes at Texas A&M University, our main goal is to fully share the newly-developed resources with other national and international institutions. In addition, this project seeks to provide graduate students with opportunities for professional development in the areas of L2 pedagogy and OER.