I have copied and reformatted the following from the WikiEducator mailing list, as an illustration of how easy it is now to find OERs on a particular subject:
On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 02:27, Tom Caswell <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Hello OER Friends,
> I’m putting out a call for college-level first year Spanish OER, especially
> open textbooks.
There are many sources of OERs listed at
This includes many modules on particular aspects of Spanish language, literature, and culture, and whole courses. OpenCourseWare in particular is for college-level materials, while OER Recommender goes for the greatest volume and the broadest range, with more than 100,000 items.
Here are two Spanish courses that stand out.
MIT has one under CC-NC-SA
As taught in: Fall 2003
Spanish I is very different from other classes at MIT. The central component of the text and workbook is a series of 26 half-hour video episodes. The videos allow students to learn authentic Spanish and experience its cultural diversity while following a good story full of surprises and human emotions. Students also listen to an audio-only program integrated with the text and workbook.
In the classroom, students do a variety of activities and exercises, which include talking in Spanish about the video program, practicing pronunciation and grammar, and interacting in Spanish with classmates in pairs and small groups. The class is conducted in Spanish as much as possible, but English is used where necessary for clarity and efficiency. This course deals with all basic language skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. This class assumes no previous knowledge of Spanish.
The Foreign Service Institute of the US State Department developed courses for many languages, and placed them in the Public Domain, including textbooks and audio. They are now freely available on the Web.
Welcome to fsi-language-courses.org – the home for language courses developed by the Foreign Service Institute.
These courses were developed by the United States government and are in the public domain.
This site is dedicated to making these language courses freely available in an electronic format. This site is not affiliated in any way with any government entity; it is an independent, non-profit effort to foster the learning of worldwide languages. Courses here are made available through the private efforts of individuals who are donating their time and resources to provide quality materials for language learning.
Spanish Programmatic Course
Tapes for 45 units
> The Open Course Library is building a Spanish I course, but
> our faculty course designers are struggling to use 100% open materials. I
> want them to avoid building around a copyrighted publisher text because it
> will limit the usefulness of the course materials in the long run. But that
> may be the only choice if they cannot find enough existing open materials.
> If you know of college Spanish OER, especially open textbooks or other
> curated curriculum, please share them here (the page is editable by anyone
> with the link):
Thank you for your work. I am in the middle of the FSI course, and can make good use of several of the other resources you listed. One Laptop Per Child and Sugar Labs have more than 2 million Spanish-speaking students using our XO laptops and Sugar education software.
Edward Mokurai (默雷/धर्ममेघशब्दगर्ज/دھرممیگھشبدگر ج) Cherlin
Silent Thunder is my name, and Children are my nation.
The Cosmos is my dwelling place, the Truth my destination.
The resources that Tom has gathered so far are