OER Textbooks

Salón de clase, Intermediate Spanish for Education Professionals is a comprehensive intermediate Spanish open access textbook with reading, listening, speaking, and writing practice for students who have an interest and/or intend to pursue a career in the field of Education (teachers, administrators, counselors, psychologists, social workers, support staff members, paraprofessionals, among others). This Open Education Resource (OER) aims to explore the role of Spanish language and Spanish speakers in the American education system, as well as to improve student communicative abilities in Spanish. This textbook was created in Pressbooks, a versatile platform that allowed us to integrate interactive activities (h5p), video interviews with Spanish speakers to present authentic materials, and topics related to education. Grammar is not presented as a standalone topic, but it is seemly integrated into all parts of this book.

To ensure that our textbook is diverse and inclusive we have done the following. We consulted with various voices to include inclusive language and images. We interviewed people with diverse backgrounds. Additionally, our videos include captions, and our infographics have a readable PDF version. To test the effectiveness of the materials created, Salón de clase has been tested in the classroom during three semesters and improved based on students’ and instructors’ feedbacks. This textbook underwent a rigorous review process that included professionals from more than 10 higher education organizations in the United States.

Fernando Castro Ortiz - Giovanni Zimotti

Available December 3, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. (CT)

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2022 OE Awards for Excellence - Best OER finalist

Maletín médico

Intermediate Spanish for Healthcare

In collaboration with Alexis Jiménez (Iowa)

Beta version available at: https://pressbooks.uiowa.edu/maletinmedico/

Semillas - In development

Elementary Spanish I

In collaboration with Gabriela Olivares-Cuhat (UNI), Rachel Klevar (Iowa), Eden Jones (Iowa

Early access available Spring 2023