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World Languages: Open Educational Resources

A guide for finding resources on World Languages in the ACC Libraries and on the Internet

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

"Open Educational Resources" by Ron Mader is licensed under CC BY 2.0

OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. ~ William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

For a more comprehensive overview on OER, see:

  • Open Educational Resources - a guide designed to assist faculty in the exploration, identification, selection and adoption of Open Educational Resources.



Open Educational Resources in Foreign Languages

This list contains samples of several OER World Languages resource collections. Specific materials (such as textbooks) can be found on the language's Web Resources tab.

  • Merlot has many Open Access World Languages textbooks in each language supported at ACC. Use the filters on the left to find the language you want. 
  • OER Commons has many World Languages textbooks. You can click on the full list or (recommended) search for your specific language.
  • Open Textbook Library has a variety of World Languages textbooks. Please note that the specific language you are seeking may not be in this collection.
  • The University of Texas at Austin Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning provides materials for use in language learning pedagogy in the following languages relevant to ACC's offerings: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese (limited), Russian, and Spanish. In addition, COERLL has quite a few webinars on how faculty can find and incorporate OER into their curriculum.
  • Galileo Open Learning Materials has a few materials for French, Italian, and Spanish. I'm adding it here because I hope that they add more. 
  • Open Educational Resources Initiative provides access to numerous resources for Spanish 1 and 2 including open access videos.


Open Access materials can be found using the Mason OER Metafinder. Try using the language as keyword (ex. Japanese) and filter from there.

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