|I coordinate a faculty curriculum development project in which we are building instructional materials for content-based ESL courses around openly-licensed materials (textbooks, video, etc.). I also train K-12 teachers in the use of OER in their language classrooms, and have presented at two conferences so far.|
Our curriculum development project has the goal of creating four levels of ESL material (with three courses per level). Because most of our students are bound for university study, we aim to incorporate authentic university-level academic materials into our curriculum. We have surveyed current and former students in our program, and they frequently expressed the need for a closer alignment between out curriculum and that of university courses, especially in the authenticity and level of difficulty of the materials we use. CESL instructors are adapting and scaffolding OER materials as necessary, and creating original learning activities, exercises, and assessments to accompany them. We piloted these materials in Summer 2018, and will continue using and revising them. Additional courses are in the works. As part of this project, I am also developing an online list of useful OER sources. Our instructors refer to this list when gathering openly-licensed content for developing their materials. We plan to release a version of this list publicly, to support other language teachers and curriculum developers in similar projects.
I have presented at the following conferences:
-Second Language Acquisition & Teaching Roundtable, University of Arizona (Feb 2018)
-Southwest Conference on Language Teaching (Feb 2018)
"Using Open Educational Resources for content-based language instruction"
And have given the following workshops:
- Free Stuff: Open Educational Resources in the Language Classroom; University of Arizona CESL (Jan 2018) (For K-12 language instructors in southern Arizona and neighboring communities in Mexico)
-Ongoing training for CESL faculty involved in the curriculum development project in the areas of open licensing, finding appropriate OER, and materials development using OER.
I have developed the following course based on OER content:
-Advanced Oral Communication in English (8-week course textbook) that will be used in our program beginning in Fall, 2018.
I began exploring the world of openly-licensed teaching and learning materials after working to write a grant that stipulated that Open Educational Resources be employed wherever possible. I was not familiar with the Open Education Movement at the time, so I did a great deal of research and consulted with the Open Education Librarian on campus to learn how such materials were being developed and used elsewhere.