The Center for Open Educational Resources & Language Learning (COERLL) is one of 15 National Foreign Language Resource Centers funded by the US Department of Education. The overall mission of these federally-funded centers is to improve the teaching and learning of foreign languages by producing resources (materials and best practices) that can be profitably employed in a variety of settings. COERLL's work is organized around seven basic areas:

Applied linguistic research Teaching materials Language assessment Teacher development Less commonly taught languages K-12 initiatives Outreach and dissemination.

In more precise terms, COERLL's mission is to produce and disseminate Open Educational Resources (OERs) for the Internet public (e.g., online language courses, reference grammars, assessment tools, corpora, etc.). The term OER refers to any educational material offered freely for anyone to use, typically involving some permission to re-mix, improve, and redistribute. Thus, COERLL seeks to promote a culture of collaboration that lies at the heart of the Open Education movement. In addition, COERLL aims to reframe foreign language education in terms of bilingualism and/or multilingualism. As such, all COERLL resources strive to represent more accurately language development and performance along dialectal and proficiency continua.

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Hindi Resources

by Sandy Gade

This folder contains resources for learning Hindi
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This designed for learners and teachers of Arabic seeking materials for listening comprehension. We hope that you will find this site beneficial and that it will inshaa'allah help you to listen, learn, and further enjoy your experience with Arabic. Aswaat Arabiyya provides listening materials and accompanying activities that are intended for the various levels of proficiency from Novice to Superior. These listening materials have been selected from television stations throughout the Arab world and they treat a wide variety of topics and listening genres. Each listening unit contains a segment ranging in length between one and ten minutes along with pre-listening, listening and post-listening questions and activities. The questions are presented in PDF format so as to allow learners and teachers to use them for in-class or homework activities. In addition, each unit provides some help tools designed to facilitate listening and comprehension.
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Gateway to Chinese

by Sandy Gade

This project contains multimedia learning materials for learning Mandarin Chinese.
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Yorùbá Yé Mi is an interactive, communicative, introductory, multi-media program intended to provide college/university students with basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills of language learning in Yorùbá. It exposes the learner not only to Yorùbá language in meaningful situations but also to the culture of the Yorùbá-speaking people of South-western Nigeria. It contains effective techniques for teaching and learning Yorùbá including tones, and is userfriendly in its approach.
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Brazilpod is a collection of online, open access, and free-to-use materials for the learning of Portuguese as a foreign language. Almost all of these materials serve as stand alone, ancillary to independent learning, for regular courses, and for other programs of study. Brazilpod is more than just a website that lists different materials. It is an attempt to bring together multiple parts of independent language projects that come together for users to mix and match, build, and reshape. It is for this reason that Brazilpod also includes Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, contributions from outside users, various blogs, student projects, and unique course materials. The format and delivery is designed to increase exposure and implementation contributions from a worldwide audience.
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Rockin' Russian

by Sandy Gade

This site is designed to give you further exposure to the Russian language and culture through the medium of Russian music videos.
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Persian

by Sandy Gade

This folder contains an online Persian grammar reference. Every topic draws cultural, historical, and linguistic references and includes audio and movie clips as well as a printable workbook with exercises. It also contains Persian Teaching Resources. These include sixteen units with audio files and videos to learn to pronounce and write Persian vocabulary.
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Welcome to the Japanese Online Self-Help Utility, or JOSHU for short. In Japanese, JOSHU literally means "assistant", or "tutor", which is what this website attempts to do to anyone interested in learning the Japanese language. JOSHU was first created by Nan Puthaaroon for her creative thesis as one of the Plan II requirements. Various students from UT Austin Japanese Program, including F. Bickerstaff (Student Technology Assistant), L. Jones (STA), K. Goetz (STA), Tan Nguyen, A. Young, E. Capps, L. Yangyingxong, J. Orland, L. O'Connell, C. Leng (student developer), A. LaGuette (student developer), M. Rogoysk, N. Kim, J. Wang, V. Simms, A. Stites, E. Allen, B. Contreras, L. Yang, and Y. Watanabe, assisted in developing this site. TAs and instructors at UT Austin, including K. Kawachi, A. Hoshino, T. Imai, S. Wakao, Y. Yaguchi, M. Megumi, S. Oshima,T. Motoike, K. Abe, K. Sakamoto, S. Tsujii, M. Togo, T. Sakuma, C. Cooke, and Y. Aida volunteered whenever native speakers of Japanese were needed. JOSHU is supported by a grant from the UT Austin Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services. The grammar video section is supported by a ~FAST Tex grant from the UT Austin DIIA (Division of Instructional Innovation & Assessment).
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Hebrew Language

by Sandy Gade

The Hebrew Program is part of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies. The department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, and Hebrew students typically concentrate on Modern Hebrew and the ancient Near East. Students are encouraged to develop a regional focus at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Academic and cultural activities in the department are supported by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, whose activities are primarily funded by a federal Title VI grant. The Modern Hebrew Project, which produced open resource tools for the study of Modern Hebrew language and linguistics, was initiated at the University of Texas Linguistics Research Center in the late 1990s, and some of the materials developed within that framework are still available through this site. This project has been generously supported by the University of Texas Vision Plan and the College of Liberal Arts. The materials available on this site are intended for use by the general public as well as UT students. While they may supplement any curriculum, the tutorials and other resources offered here work best within the framework of the curriculum developed at the University of Texas at Austin. Materials for Esther Raizen's Modern Hebrew for Beginners (UT Press, 2000, third reprint 2006), and Modern Hebrew for Intermediate Students (UT Press, 2001, third reprint 2006) are included in the Tutorials and Video Clips sections of this site (see navigation bar). We have now launched the set Yours Truly, twenty units with a listening component and exercises. The set of open-source materials was developed to supplement the curriculum used at UT as we move into an intensive model of instruction, but may be used independently as well. While we do not provide technical support in conjunction with the site, we have included a page of Frequently Asked Questions and helpful hints. To enjoy the full functionality of the resources, you will need the RealPlayer, Quicktime, Shockwave, and Flash players, all available for free download. Links to the players will be provided on the relevant pages. Material on this site may be used, quoted, or linked to for educational purposes without prior permission, provided appropriate credit is given to Dr. Raizen and the University of Texas at Austin. Commercial use of this material or its duplication in any form are strictly prohibited.
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