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Open Educational Resources: Languages

Library Resources for Languages

We provide access to content such as online books, journals and image collections that can be used to lower or remove student textbook costs for students.  To learn more, see the following:


On this page you will find several open Language textbooks along with supplemental material and a few lecture videos.

The purpose of these discipline specific pages is to showcase 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.


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Elementary French I & II  -Carnegie Mellon University

Elementary French I is a carefully sequenced and highly interactive presentation of French language and culture in a media-rich course environment including new video shot in France and Québec with young professional actors. It is designed to be used as a full course of study. To successfully use this course, you should be a motivated student with a sincere desire to learn about French language and francophone cultures, and be comfortable with computer technologies. The time commitment will typically average 6-8 hours per week.  -Carnegie Mellon University

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Deutsch im Blick  -University of Texas at Austin

This textbook is newly revised (Mai 2013) and includes all 10 chapters of Deutsch im Blick.Deutsch im Blick is the web-based first-year German program developed and in use at the University of Texas. It is an open access site with free and open multimedia resources, which requires neither password nor fees.  -University of Texas

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Dr. Zsuzsanna Abrams, University of Texas at Austin, Germanic Studies

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Supplemental Materials

Learning Resources for 46 Languages  -Open Culture

This list features resources for learning 46 different languages from various providers including Carnegie Mellon, BBC, and Yale among many others.  Featured content includes website-based material, audio recordings, flashcards, and Podcasts for learning Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Thai among 39 others.

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Gateway to Chinese  -University of Texas at Austin

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. Gateway to Chinese resources are designed to give students the valuable feedback they need to improve language skills in the critical early stages of learning. An extensive number of interactive exercises allow students to practice what they learn. With these tools, instructors can utilize valuable classroom time to do what they do best: teach!

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Wen-Hua Teng, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, Asian Studies

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Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning  -University of Texas at Austin

COERLL's mission is to produce and disseminate online language courses, reference grammars, and assessment tools in an open way. Each of the 17 represented languages on COERLL's website features a list of resources each of which is tailored to its respective language. -COERLL

Most of the resources found on the COERLL website are licensed under a Creative Commons license; however, their license terms vary.

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Lecture Videos


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