Liberal Arts and the Humanities

Language Learning: OER for specific languages

Last update: Feb 25/19


Global Storybooks Portal This is a Canadian created resource(CC BY-NC-SA)

A collection of early-reader books available in the official, Indigenous, and commonly spoken languages of nations all around the world. Countries represented include Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Ghana, Haiti, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indigenous, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Mexico, American states (Minnesota, Washington), Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom, and Zambia.

Language OER Network (CC BY)

The goal of the Language OER Network (LOERN, pronounced ‘learn’) is to showcase the work of open educators in the field of language learning and teaching (L2LT). The site also includes links to learning materials.

Storybooks Canada This is a Canadian created resource(CC BY-NC-SA)

Storybooks Canada is a free open educational resource that promotes literacy and language learning in homes, schools, and communities. It makes 40 stories from the African Storybook available with text and audio in English, French, and the most widely spoken immigrant and refugee languages of Canada. These languages include Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, German, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish, and Urdu.


Bilingual Language Profile (CC BY-NC-SA)

The Bilingual Language Profile (BLP) is an instrument for assessing language dominance through self-reports that is concise, quick, and easy to use. The BLP is intended to produce a continuous dominance score and a general bilingual profile taking into account a variety of linguistic variables.

Resources by Language

Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe/Salteaux)

Ojibwe Bilingual K-4 Book Series This is a Canadian created resource(Free, but not openly licensed)

A collection of 15 books dedicated to those that lost their language and those that aspire to learn Anishinaabemowin. These books are available for free to anyone worldwide.  This is our contribution to the preservation and restoration of Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe/Salteaux).


Arabic Voices

A web site designed for learners and teachers of Arabic seeking materials for listening comprehension. The site provides listening materials and accompanying activities that are intended for the various levels of proficiency from Novice to Superior.

Arabic Teaching Methods (CC BY-NC)

A website that aims to support professors teaching Arabic as a foreign/second language.


Cree: Language of the Plains / nēhiyawēwin: paskwāwi-pīkiskwēwin This is a Canadian created resource(CC BY-NC-ND)

Cree: Language of the Plains is a comprehensive educational resource, offering a broad range of learning materials that is easily accessible to Cree language learners. This collection includes an updated and redesigned Cree language textbook, Cree language audio labs, and a Cree language workbook.

Little Cree Books This is a Canadian created resource(CC BY-NC-SA)

The Little Cree Books are the first in what the creators hope will become a large collection of online books designed for early Cree readers. These little books are designed to incorporate the vocabulary and grammatical elements introduced at each grade level in Alberta’s Cree curriculum framework and guides to implementation (K–3 and 4–6).

Indigenous Storybooks: Cree This is a Canadian created resource(CC BY-NC-SA)

Indigenous Storybooks is a Canadian website for children, families, community members, and educators. Inspired by the open-licensed stories from Little Cree Books, this project aims to make the text, images, and audio of stories available in Indigenous languages (Plains Cree and Swampy Cree) as well as English, French, and the most widely spoken immigrant and refugee languages of Canada. A story that is read in English or French at school can be read in ancestral languages by parents and children at home. In this way, Indigenous Storybooks provides access to stories in ancestral languages as well as English and French. Similarly, the audio versions of the stories can help beginning readers and language learners make the important connection between speech and text.


Reality Czech (CC BY-SA)

A Czech textbook and curriculum currently under development. Resources are expected to be completed by end of Summer 2018. In addition to a textbook, resources will include an in-class activity book, online grammar and cultural units, and printable homework exercises.



Les conversations mises à jour

A collection of authentic conversations in French that targets mostly intermediate and advanced learners of French. Each conversation highlights the shared experience of two native or near-native French speakers and provides both an oral history of that experience and a trove of cultural references.

Enhancing French Skills (CC BY-NC)

A website for intermediate learners of French, created for students in a three-hour semester course at the University of Texas at Austin. Students expand their knowledge of the French language and francophone cultures and continue the development of their communicative abilities by practicing the four basic skills of speaking, listening, writing and reading.

Français interactif (CC BY)

An open textbook developed by the University of Texas at Austin for their first-year French program. The book helps you explore the French language and culture by following the lives of real UT students who participated in the UT Summer Program in Lyon, France.

French à la mode (CC BY-NC-ND)

This website has activities for French learners at the beginning and intermediate levels that are intended to be used in conjunction with any curriculum.

Le littéraire dans le quotidien (CC BY)

An open textbook offering a transdisciplinary approach to reading/writing at the first and second year levels of college French.

Tex’s French Grammar (CC BY)

A user-friendly guide to French grammar that combines explanations with dialogues and cartoon images.


German Frame-semantic Online Lexicon (CC BY)

A German-English vocabulary resource that organizes words according to their meanings, rather than just alphabetically, provides detailed definitions and pointing out differences between seemingly similar German and English words, and includes a number of real example sentences for each word (from to show how it is used in context.


Indigenous Storybooks: Haida This is a Canadian created resource(CC BY-NC-SA)

Indigenous Storybooks is a resource designed specifically for children, families, community members, and educators. Inspired by the open-licensed stories from Little Cree Books, this project aims to make the text, images, and audio of stories available in Indigenous languages (Plains Cree, Swampy Cree, and Haida) as well as English, French, and the most widely spoken immigrant and refugee languages of Canada.


Hindi in America Video Collection (CC BY)

A video collection of Hindi speakers answering questions about their experiences living in the United States.


Hul’q’umi’num’ (Cowichan) Language Resources This is a Canadian created resource(Not openly licenced)

A collection of resources developed by the Cowichan Valley School District to support Hul’q’umi’num’ language revitalization at an elementary level.

Ruler of the Forest This is a Canadian created resource(CC BY-NC-ND)

A digital story from School District 79 Aboriginal Education (Cowichan Valley) told in Hul’q’umi’num’.


Chqe’tamaj le qach’ab’al K’iche’! (CC BY)

This beginner-to-advanced level online course for K’iche’, a Mayan language of Guatemala.


Gateway to Chinese (CC BY-NC)

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.


Brazilpod (CC BY)

A collection of teaching materials created at the University of Texas at Austin for the study of Portuguese.


Acceso (CC BY-NC-ND)

Acceso is intended as a complete, interactive curriculum for intermediate-level learners of Spanish.

Heritage Spanish (CC BY)

On online community created to help Spanish instructors share and find teaching resources.

Spanish Corpus Proficiency Level Training (CC BY-NC-ND)

Video recordings of Spanish learners of different levels answering several questions, a written transcript of what they say, and exercises that will guide you interactively to notice features about their talk, as well as answers to those exercises.

Spanish in Texas (CC BY)

The purpose of the Spanish in Texas project is to profile Spanish as it is spoken throughout Texas today and to provide open learning tools that allow students, teachers, and the general public to explore Spanish language variation. A central goal of the project is to encourage users to view local varieties of Spanish and their speakers as important resources for learning about language and culture.


Yorùbá Yé Mi (CC BY-NC-ND)

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.


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