The second edition of the Spanish textbook, ¡Dime! Uno (McDougal Littell, shown below), was published in 1997. Is this your Spanish text?
In this video post, Joshua Thoms speaks directly to language educators, asking: How do we equip our next generation of language teachers with updated and effective textbook resources? Can OER be the answer?
We’ll leave you with these questions to ponder:
- Do student teachers trained at your institution have the necessary materials and tools when carrying out their foreign language (FL) student teaching experience(s)? Is this something that should concern us in higher ed?
- Should there be a more targeted effort by members of the FL technology community to provide OER resources (i.e., FL materials, textbooks, tools) to teachers at the secondary level? If so, how can this be done? Is it being done?
Joshua J. Thoms is an Assistant Professor of Spanish and Applied Linguistics at Utah State University. His research interests include the role of classroom discourse in L2 learning and teaching, computer-mediated language learning, and issues related to foreign language textbooks/materials.
To read more about teaching a FL with OER, see Why I Love and Hate My Spanish MOOC by Fernando Rubio.