Open Language Practices

New digital literacies and open educational practices are emerging with respects to the (re)use, design, development and distribution of OER in language education. My research with language teachers and researchers in Spain and England, and with informal learners from around the world registered on MOOCs and networked courses, will provide evidence for measuring and mapping the impact of open educational resources and practices in language education. Surveys on OER use are being distributed to informal learners registered on MOOCs/networked courses and focus sessions are being conducted with language teachers and researchers working in traditional classroom-based education.

Many language teaching and research practitioners are engaged in open educational practices for language education the world over. Following is a playlist of Language OER projects from across Europe. In video 3, I talk about the flooded ELT textbook market I observed at the IATEFL conference and convention in Glasgow in 2012, whereby commercial ELT publishers have kept on reproducing the same types of print-based resources for ELT that existed when I started teaching English in the late 1990s. In video 16, I talk about my current research with the FLAX language project and the re-use of not only OER in language education but also the reuse of openly licensed content and open datasets.

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