See the standards page to find out how COERLL resources can be used in the classroom to help students meet state and national proficiency standards.
Despite their growing popularity, Heritage Spanish programs remain underserved by commercial textbook publishers. What that means for us who teach heritage learners is that we are left either to adapt the few published materials that do exist to fit our programs or else to create our own. This community is intended to become a place where you can find and share resources easily. Share your resources (syllabi, activities, lessons, etc.), or information about events with this growing community.
Spanish Grammar in Context
Spanish Grammar in Context is a unique website that provides detailed grammar explanations and examples of the Spanish language with accompanying practice questions. Unlike traditional reference grammars, each topic is explained using authentic video examples. These examples come from the Spanish in Texas project, which profiles Spanish as it is spoken throughout Texas today. Online practice quizzes are included for each grammar section.
Spanish in Texas
The purpose of this site is to let Spanish-speaking Texans speak for themselves so that we can learn from them about the ways that they use their language. You will find links to videos of Spanish speakers from Texas with comments about the language you’ll hear and why it takes the form that it does. You will see links to the “Linguistic Landscape” of Texas with images of signs that reflect the unique nature of a bilingual Texas.
SpinTX Video Archive
The SpinTX video archive provides a convenient web interface to search hundreds of short video clips from the Spanish in Texas Corpus. The collection includes hundreds of video clips culled from interviews of native and heritage speakers of Spanish living in Texas. Each video is accompanied by synchronized closed captions and a transcript that has been annotated with thematic, grammatical, functional and metalinguistic information. All materials available on the site can be freely used, copied, and distributed under a Creative Commons license.
Actividades de práctica con aprendices del español
Actividades de práctica con aprendices del español is an online corpus of videos of second language and heritage language learners of Spanish during oral interviews and provides supplemental activities to help viewers investigate learners’ language and proficiency levels.
Foreign Languages & The Literary in the Everyday
The FLLITE Project takes the creative moments found in everyday language use in authentic texts such as blogs, internet memes, YouTube videos, and slam poetry, as the basis for lessons in second language literacy. By emphasizing language play as central to communication, teacher-authored FLLITE lessons aim to develop language awareness as well as communicative abilities through the integration of speaking, reading, listening, and writing tasks.
Heritage Spanish Professional Development Modules
These modules are an ongoing TeCHS project aiming to provide relevant information and resources to promote, expand and celebrate heritage Spanish teaching and learning. Each self-paced module includes two to four lessons, presenting video clips from the workshops, reading assignments, activities, and resources, as well as self-graded quizzes. Viewers are invited to reflect on the different aspects that impact the teaching of heritage Spanish in diverse settings, and to participate in the growing community of language instructors dedicated to support heritage language education.
Introduction to Oral Proficiency Levels (Spanish)
Introduction to Oral Proficiency Levels is a free open educational resource that can help Spanish teachers gain a foundational understanding of how to evaluate Spanish speakers. The resource includes 17 video-based practice modules designed to strengthen your understanding of the ACTFL Speaking Proficiency Guidelines and to help you evaluate the speaking levels of your language students.
Recorridos por la literatura hispana
COERLL has partnered with Rose Potter and Betsy Arnold to publish Recorridos-Don Quijote, a pair of openly-licensed books for the study of Cervantes’ Don Quijote in upper level Spanish courses, including AP. The student workbook, accessible online for free, deepens students’ understanding of the text through reading, pre-reading, and post-reading activities and glosses. The companion teacher support facilitates the teaching of Don Quijote through student-centered strategies and activities, historical and cultural information, quizzes, exams and more.
Spanish in Texas Corpus
This website provides access to a corpus of Spanish and bilingual Spanish-English speech samples culled from interviews and conversations among speakers of diverse personal profiles and regional origins throughout Texas. The Spanish in Texas Corpus currently consists of over 500,000 words from 97 bilingual speakers living in Texas. Video files, audio files, full transcripts, and POS annotations are available for download. Researchers and educators will be given free access to the corpus. Access requires agreeing to abide by the site’s Code of Ethics and registering for an account.
Spanish Proficiency Exercises
A compilation of brief video clips in which native speakers of Spanish from various locations throughout Latin America and Spain demonstrate various language tasks.
Spanish Proficiency Training Website and Learner Corpus
The purpose of these materials is to help future public school teachers of Spanish in their assessment of learners’ levels of proficiency. These materials not only present videos of learners interacting with an interlocutor, but also direct the viewer to notice features about the learners’ language and proficiency levels. The website also presents information on proficiency levels to help the viewer develop a greater awareness of differences in learner language.
Trayectos is an open curriculum for beginning second language learners of Spanish. This is a beta version, part of a two-volume program that is still being developed by Dr. Gabriela C. Zapata and a team of graduate and undergraduate students at Texas A&M university, with the support of COERLL. Trayectos features a learner-centered, multimodal approach grounded in the Multiliteracies pedagogy Learning by Design(Kalantzis et al., 2005; 2016).
¡Listos! 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) form four thematic clusters. 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.
Other Materials from the University of Texas(usage licenses vary)
Cultural Interviews with Latin American and Spanish Executives
Cultural Interviews with Latin American Executives is a compilation of over 200 brief video clips in which Latin American and Spanish executives discuss cultural issues that are of interest to North Americans. Over 50 native Spanish speaking professionals offer their opinion on these questions. The objective of the interviews is three-fold: First, provide practical cultural information. The opinions represent those of real people. At times they are even contradictory, but they are designed to be a catalyst for discussion, not to provide a definitive answer about some stereotype.
International Studies Lesson Plans
Language teachers in training wrote these lesson plans to connect language learning to social studies topics such as the weather, stereoypes, healthy and unhealthy foods, music, and café culture.
Onda Latina Collection
The Onda Latina Collection consists of 226 digitally preserved audio programs including interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns from the radio series "The Mexican American Experience" and "A esta hora conversamos" the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982.
Spanish Grammar Exercises
Exercises and drills for supplemental learning for Spanish students at the University of Texas at Austin.