OER for Less Commonly Taught 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.
Chqe’tamaj le qach’ab’al K’iche’! (Let's learn K'iche')
In collaboration with the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS), COERLL is creating open learning materials for K’iche’ Maya, a language spoken by more than one million speakers in the western highlands of Guatemala. The deliverables for this project will include (1) openly-licensed courseware (including grammatical and vocabulary guides, with authentic video and audio materials), for the teaching of K’iche’ Maya, and (2) a model for the development of materials for teaching indigenous languages online.
Gateway to Chinese: Interactive Exercises for Mandarin Chinese
This project continues the development of Gateway to Chinese, a collection of interactive exercises for practicing Chinese pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, listening, and reading. Content will be made portable and easily sharable across different learning management systems (LMS) and platforms. Educators will be able to embed or to import assessment items from Gateway to Chinese into their LMS, or export items from their LMS in order to share the items as OER. An important aspect of open education transforms learners into active collaborators in the development of educational resources. This project will expand and enhance the learning materials with the inclusion of student-contributed audio recordings, video projects, and writing samples that show learners’ exemplary performances.
Língua da Gente: Mobile Language Learning for Portuguese
Língua da Gente is a Portuguese language learning podcast series written and hosted by Professor Orlando Kelm from the University of Texas. The podcast lessons present the Portuguese language within the context of everyday speech and culture, and serve three levels of language learners: beginning, elementary, and intermediate. Each lesson consists of a brief dialog, a line-by-line English translation, in-depth analysis of the pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, and cultural content in the lesson, a discussion blog for comments and questions, and a dialog transcript. The podcasts are available on the Língua da Gente website and on iTunes, and additional lesson materials and activities are available for online and mobile use through a subscription from OpenLanguage.com. The lessons may be used together as a stand-alone course or serve as supplemental resources for any organized course. All content carries a Creative Commons license so that teachers can adapt it to fit students’ needs.
Open Czech Curriculum for the European LCTL Consortium
This is a contemporary, interactive, and personalized Czech OER and curriculum to accompany beginner Czech language courses. The materials will be accessible on the project website, and include original multimedia online activities, quizzes, vocabulary, and grammar explanations, all enhanced with authentic native speaker interviews and cultural videos recently filmed in the Czech Republic. The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) and the Center for European Studies (CES) at The University of Texas at Austin are collaborating with COERLL on the project and hope to extend it to other European LCTLs in the future.