We are language teachers and students at COERLL with a common goal: to help create a culture of collaboration and sharing in order to improve the teaching and learning of foreign languages. This is the foundation of the Open Education movement in language learning.

In 2008, COERLL became one of the 16 National Foreign Language Resource Centers funded by the US Department of Education. Our center’s specific mission is to produce and disseminate Open Educational Resources (OER) for the Internet public. OER are “teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits sharing, accessing, repurposing—including for commercial purposes—and collaborating with others.” (Free to Learn)

This blog allows us to speak directly with language teachers and learners interested in OER. We will bring you news, opinions, and teaching and learning resources, as well as the expertise of leaders in Open Education.

We are forging new ground and need the participation of language teachers and students around the world. Together we can figure out how to make effective language learning a reality for everyone. We look forward to your comments on posts, and please contact us with questions or submit a topic as a guest blogger!


The COERLL blog team


Carl Blyth – Director of COERLL / Associate Professor of French at UT Austin
Sarah Sweeney – COERLL Project Coordinator


Nathalie Steinfeld Childre – COERLL Publications Manager / Web Developer