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Email: gzapata@tamu.edu

Department of Hispanic Studies
Texas A&M University
219 Academic Bldg., MS 4238
College Station, TX 77843-4238

©2017-2019 by Gabriela Cecilia Zapata. 

The Open Educational Resources Initiative

Our Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative was established in Fall 2017 with three specific objectives:

  • To develop theoretically-sound digital, open-source instructional material for second language (L2) Spanish teaching;

  • To investigate the pedagogical, linguistic, and institutional dimensions that can play a role in instructional innovations of this kind; and 

  • To train undergraduate and graduate students as L2 researchers and materials developers.

​​​The project focuses on the investigation of issues such as,

  1. The identification of students’ needs (considering personal and institutional expectations);

  2. The development of curricula (the determination of thematic and linguistic content and outcomes);

  3. The search for and selection of appropriate resources, including the assessment of existing ones;

  4. The training and coordination of development teams; and

  5. The design of units, tasks, and assessment tools.

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This initiative also constitutes a collaborative effort involving the participation of undergraduate and graduate students. 

The materials produced will be compiled in a textbook titled Trayectos, which will consist of two instructional volumes. 

Trayectos: Volumen 1: Mi vida en la universidad

What makes Trayectos different?

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  • A learner-centered approach based on Learning by Design, a pedagogy inspired by the Multiliteracies movement (Kalantzis et al 2005; 2016)

  • Fresh, multimodal content that connects the life worlds of learners with the life worlds of diverse Spanish speakers

  • Readings based on a variety of textual genres that contextualize videos about the lives of real university students

  • Communicative activities that bind language form to cultural meaning within real-life contexts

  • Critical thinking tasks that help learners explore the Spanish-speaking world, including Hispanic communities within the United States

  • Language awareness activities that feature different varieties of Spanish, including those spoken in the US

  • Guided induction activities that help learners discover how to use new Spanish vocabulary and grammar

  • Culminating activities that oblige learners to synthesize the linguistic and cultural content of each module into a personal, multimodal text

  • An open copyright license (Creative Commons license) that gives all users the right to adapt the textbook and to share their new content with others

  • How-to pages that guide you in the creation of a personalized version of the textbook to meet the unique needs of your classroom​

To explore Volume 1 (textbook and workbook [included in textbook chapters as "Práctica individual"]), click here. The teacher's manual is also ready. Click here to view it.  Volume 2 (textbook and workbook) will be published in Fall 2019.