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Where to Find Open Language Textbooks
Open textbooks can be adapted to fit the needs of your specific course. UW instructors can reach out to the Open Education Librarian for support.
OER Commons — Open Textbooks by Subject
For language texts, go to Arts & Humanities and search by keyword. Use the search limiters to narrow by education level, material type, and subject. This large repository also includes other kinds of OER, including full open courses.
More than 3,000 books published by 110 Pressbooks networks are collected in the directory. You can search by keyword and filter by subject, language, number of interactive H5P activities, etc. Some materials have restrictive licenses.
This collection includes a small selection of open resources for English speakers learning French.
Open Textbook Library — Languages
A handful of French language textbooks are included in this assorted-languages collection. Search or scroll through to see what’s available.
Finding OER for Teaching and Learning French
Instructors can freely mix and match these openly licensed resources or incorporate components into new work. Email the Open Education Librarian to learn more.
French | COERLL
This list links to grammar and literacy lessons, video and audio files, curriculum, and other resources. The Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning receives federal funding to produce and share OER.
French Ancillary Activities and OER Materials — The Pathways Project
This Boise State University repository contains openly available resources including The Francophone Project, which explores the culture of French-speaking countries through video interviews with native speakers.
Université Ouverte des Humanités
Supported by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, UOH publishes open resources on topics in the humanities, including French as a foreign language and French literature. Use the Discipline drop-down menus to filter the results. Note that the website is in French with minimal English translation.
Open Access Options
Although free to use, many open access materials do not allow revision or creation of derivative works. This distinguishes them from OER, which can be remixed freely. See: Open Access & Open Education: Similarities and Differences.
MERLOT: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
All the French instructional materials on this site can be used freely, but some limit remixing and adaption. Check the Creative Commons license on the Material Detail page.
This interactive website hosted by University of Ottawa provides a variety of language activities and exercises. Although it was designed for French speakers in a bilingual environment, it can also be used by advanced language learners to improve their written and spoken French.
Recent Work in OER
Speakers at the first Foreign Language OER Conference in March 2021 shared their experiences developing OER for higher-level French language courses. Linked recordings are on YouTube.
Language Learning OER Examples
Let's Read French Books by
Several 19th century French stories are collected here to encourage students to read French literature. The editor has provided English synonyms for some words and simplified one classic story to make it more accessible for A2 as well as B1 and B2 readers. Activities help students engage with the text.
Introduction to French by
This basic French language textbook published by a community college in Ontario was designed to develop the reading, writing, and speaking skills of college students in classrooms across Canada. Audio files accompany the vocabulary lists to reinforce correct pronunciation.