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Languages Open Educational Resources
This page contains suggested textbooks and materials that are openly licensed. It is not intended to be exhaustive, but to highlight relevant materials for faculty to consider adding to their courses.
More information about evaluating OER, including assessment rubrics, can be found on the Use OER tab.
Related Library Subject Guides
The following general subject guides contain library resources freely available to PSU students:
For assistance, contact your PSU Subject Librarian
Beginning Japanese for Professionals: Book 1
This is the first book in a three book series and is designed for beginning learners who want to learn basic Japanese for the purpose of living and working in Japan. Unlike textbooks written primarily for students, whose content largely centers on student life, this book focuses more on social and professional life beyond school. Links to books two and three are provided.
Sons et lettres: A Pronunciation Method for Intermediate-level French
Sons et lettres provides a set of classroom materials to train students to hear and produce the sounds of French and to recognize the regular spellings used to represent those sounds in print. The materials are inspired by a desire to help students feel more confident about their French pronunciation and more at home saying the many French words, familiar and unfamiliar, which they encounter in their studies, in French media and in their travels. Includes linked listening and speaking exercises.
A first-year college French textbook with a true communicative approach. Both a student version and instructor version are available.
Leyendas y Arquetipos del Romanticismo Español
This book is an introduction to nineteenth-century Spanish literature with a thematic focus on legends and archetypes. The Prologue and chapter introductions use circumlocution to facilitate comprehension, and include concrete examples of the concepts presented. Includes over 4000 vocabulary, historical and cultural annotations to facilitate reading and comprehension.
The following links provide more options for textbooks for various languages:
A complete, interactive curriculum for intermediate-level learners of Spanish.
Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL)
COERLL produces online language learning materials (for example language courses, reference grammars, assessment tools, and corpora) for teachers to adopt, adapt, modify, and share, and also provides professional development tools for teachers.
From the University of Texas, this resource provides exercises, assessments, and more.
University of Cambridge: The Language Center
The mission of the language center is to "Increase multilingualism amongst students and staff of the University; promoting, encouraging and supporting the learning of languages for personal, academic and professional purposes."
MERLOT World Languages
An educational resource for teaching and learning languages. Free materials for for many different 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.
World Languages 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.