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OER | World Languages and Cultures

On this webpage you will find  OER World Languages and Cultures textbooks along with supplemental materials and a few lecture videos

The purpose of these discipline-specific pages is to display content that might be of interest to faculty who are considering adopting open educational resources for use in their classes. This list of content is by no means exhaustive.  The nature of open educational resources is very collaborative and it is in that spirit that we encourage any comments about the content featured on this page or recommendations of content that are not already listed here. 

Open Textbooks

World Languages Community Portal - MERLOT
An educational resource for teaching and learning languages. Free materials for for many different languages.

College Open Textbooks
Open textbooks by subject under the Languages and Communications section.

OER Commons
OER Commons provides a curated collection of textbooks and resources for world language studies.

Project Gutenberg - Chinese
Project Gutenberg's list of Chinese books in the public domain that are available freely online.

Project Gutenberg - French
Project Gutenberg's list of French books in the public domain that are available freely online.

Project Gutenberg - German
Project Gutenberg's list of German books in the public domain that are available freely online.

Project Gutenberg - Spanish
Project Gutenberg's list of Spanish books in the public domain that are available freely online.

Courses and Videos

Future Learn - Languages & Cultures
Learn a new language or start teaching yours to others. Join our online language and culture courses, which can be used for travel, business or pleasure.

Language Courses - edX
Take free online language courses in English, French, Mandarin and more. Courses include English Grammar and Essay Writing from UC Berkeley, Chinese Language: Learn Basic Mandarin from MandarinX and Conversational English from Tsinghua University.

MIT Open Courseware - Languages
MIT Language students learn about French, Chinese, German and Spanish.

Open Learn - Languages
Open Learn provides a variety of free language courses for Chinese, French, Gaelic, German, Italian, Spanish, and Welsh.

TED ED: Playing with Language
TED ED series on playing with language lessons.

YouTube EDU - Languages
A collection of educational videos posted on YouTube.

Additional Resources

American English Dialect Recordings: The Center for Applied Linguistics Collection
The Center for Applied Linguistics Collection contains 118 hours of recordings documenting North American English dialects. The recordings include speech samples, linguistic interviews, oral histories, conversations, and excerpts from public speeches.

BBC Languages
Lessons, phrases, vocabulary, tests, and links to news sources in 40 languages. Site is no longer updated, but most resources are still very useful.

The Center for Open Educational Resources & Language Learning
The Center for Open Educational Resources & Language Learning (COERLL) is one of 16 National Foreign Language Resource Centers (LRC's) funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Gateway to Chinese
This site offers a collection of free interactive language learning resources for beginning Mandarin Chinese. Students now have the option to practice pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, listening, and reading skills at their own convenience.

Library of Congress
The Library preserves and provides access to a rich, diverse and enduring source of knowledge to inform, inspire and engage you in your intellectual and creative endeavors. Whether you are new to the Library of Congress or an experienced researcher, we have a world-class staff ready to assist you online and in person.

LibriVox makes books in the public domain available, for free, in audio format on the internet.

Lingu@net World Wide
Comprehensive resource for a wide range of languages. Search by language, proficiency level, and source language. Each language has a large number of resources.

National Geographic -People & Culture
The National Geographic online website and resource.

Open Culture - Learning Resources for 48 Languages
This collection features lessons in 48 languages, including Spanish, French, English, Mandarin, Italian, Russian and more. Download audio lessons to your computer or mp3 player and you're good to go.

The SMaLL Portal
SMaLL is the intersection of social media and web technology researchers and practitioners for the world language classroom. Share and review resources, tools, activities, and research projects in order to increase professional development and collaboration in this vital area.

World Language Resources
List of resources (for mostly French, Spanish and German) compiled as part of a federally funded grant to identify open educational resources for World Language teachers in Maine.


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