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Open Educational Resources: Languages

A guide to textbooks, course materials and multimedia which are free or or low cost for educational use. These resources were created with the intention of being widely used and are legal to use in courses with proper citation.

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Open Languages Textbooks

Arabic For Global Exchange  -Carnegie Mellon University

This is a mini-course for individuals with no proficiency or extremely limited knowledge of Arabic language and culture who are about to begin study or work in an Arabic-speaking context. The course will introduce learners to basic concepts and information to facilitate entry and engagement in an Arabic-speaking environment.  -Carnegie Mellon University

Content in this lesson is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License



Elementary French I & II  -Carnegie Mellon University

Elementary French I is a carefully sequenced and highly interactive presentation of French language and culture in a media-rich course environment including new video shot in France and Québec with young professional actors. It is designed to be used as a full course of study. To successfully use this course, you should be a motivated student with a sincere desire to learn about French language and francophone cultures, and be comfortable with computer technologies. The time commitment will typically average 6-8 hours per week.  -Carnegie Mellon University

Content in this lesson is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License


Deutsch im Blick  -University of Texas at Austin

This textbook is newly revised (Mai 2013) and includes all 10 chapters of Deutsch im Blick.Deutsch im Blick is the web-based first-year German program developed and in use at the University of Texas. It is an open access site with free and open multimedia resources, which requires neither password nor fees.  -University of Texas

Primary Author:

Dr. Zsuzsanna Abrams, University of Texas at Austin, Germanic Studies

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivatives License

Open Supplementary Materials and Lectures

Learning Resources for 46 Languages  -Open Culture

This list features resources for learning 46 different languages from various providers including Carnegie Mellon, BBC, and Yale among many others.  Featured content includes website-based material, audio recordings, flashcards, and Podcasts for learning Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Thai among 39 others.

Websites linked to from this list feature various copyright policies. 


Gateway to Chinese  -University of Texas at Austin

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. Gateway to Chinese resources are designed to give students the valuable feedback they need to improve language skills in the critical early stages of learning. An extensive number of interactive exercises allow students to practice what they learn. With these tools, instructors can utilize valuable classroom time to do what they do best: teach!  

Download chapters in PDF form here


Wen-Hua Teng, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, Asian Studies

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 License.


Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning  -University of Texas at Austin

COERLL's mission is to produce and disseminate online language courses, reference grammars, and assessment tools in an open way. Each of the 17 represented languages on COERLL's website features a list of resources each of which is tailored to its respective language. -COERLL

Most of the resources found on the COERLL website are licensed under a Creative Commons license; however, their license terms vary.



LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and then release the audio files back onto the net for free.  All published audio is in the public domain and therefore may be used for any purpose.  LibriVox contains recordings of literary classics, autobiographies, plays, and poetry among many other genres all recorded in a variety of languages.  English, French, Germain and Italian are just a few of all languages represented on LibriVox.

All recordings featured on LibriVox are in the public domain.