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Read more about Hujambo! A Standards-Based Approach to Introductory Kiswahili

Hujambo! A Standards-Based Approach to Introductory Kiswahili

Copyright Year: 2022

Contributor: Wawire

Publisher: Open Language Resource Center at the University of Kansas

License: CC BY-NC

Hujambo! provides a complete curriculum for introductory Kiswahili that chronicles the adventures of two American students studying abroad in Tanzania for an academic year. It is designed for an introductory Kiswahili course at the college level with approximately 150 contact hours of instruction (5 hours a week for two 15-week semesters, or 5 hours a week for three 10-week quarters). It provides a foundational understanding of Kiswahili and the cultures of those who share it as a common language. Students will acquire the basics of Kiswahili grammar and build a core vocabulary of approximately 1,000 words, including the most common words for everyday interactions and the individual vocabulary they need to speak about their own academic and personal lives.

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Read more about Grammaire Ouverte

Grammaire Ouverte

Copyright Year: 2022

Contributor: Law

Publisher: BYU Open Textbook Network

License: CC BY

Ce livre est une grammaire pédagogique du français destinée aux apprenants de niveau avancé. 28 chapitres approfondissent les concepts essentiels de la grammaire française (noms et pronoms, modificateurs, verbes, transformations). Chaque concept est introduit de manière inductive par un extrait littéraire accompagné de questions avant d'être présenté en détail. La présentation est soutenue par des exemples authentiques tirés d'un corpus linguistique (le Corpus de référence du français contemporain) et par des notes sur la variation dialectale et stylistique. Des exercices pour vérifier la compréhension accompagnent chaque concept. Le texte ne favorise aucun dialecte comme standard mais présente plutôt le français dans toute sa variété.

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Read more about Knowledge For Humans

Knowledge For Humans

Contributor: Huenemann

Publisher: Charlie Huenemann

License: CC BY-SA

Knowledge for Humans is a textbook aimed at introducing students to fundamental questions about knowledge and skepticism. Many topics often covered in epistemology textbooks are also covered here, such as radical Cartesian skepticism, phenomenalism, externalism, and naturalism. But the text also covers useful topics that are not usually included, such as the social conditions for knowledge, common fallacies, Bayesianism, the internet, conspiracy theories, and how we should go about arguing with one another. It’s written in an easy-going style with clear examples and funny diagrams.

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Read more about Who Teaches Writing

Who Teaches Writing

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributors: Branson, Brooks, Cadman, Cephus, Childers, Devore, Sicari, Hogg, and Horton

Publisher: Oklahoma State University

License: CC BY

Who Teaches Writing is an open teaching and learning resource being used in English Composition classes at Oklahoma State University. It was authored by contributors from Oklahoma State University and also includes invited chapters from faculty and staff at institutions both inside and outside of Oklahoma. Contributors include faculty from various departments, contingent faculty and staff, and graduate instructors. One purpose of the resource is to provide short, relatively jargon-free chapters geared toward undergraduate students taking First-Year Composition. Support for this project was provided in part by OpenOKState and Oklahoma State University Libraries.

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Read more about #TheatreAppreciation

#TheatreAppreciation

Copyright Year: 2022

Contributor: Pipino

Publisher: SUNY Oneonta

License: CC BY

#TheatreAppreciation is a textbook for introductory level lecture classes such as Theatre Appreciation and Introduction to Theatre. It provides insight about the art and craft of theatre, a brief exploration of theatre history, and discussion about the styles and forms of theatre along with an overview of professions in the field.

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Read more about Reframing Digital Humanities: Conversations with Digital Humanists

Reframing Digital Humanities: Conversations with Digital Humanists

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributor: Chambliss

Publisher: Michigan State University

License: CC BY

Growing from Reframing History, a podcast about history theory and practice, Reframing Digital Humanities: Conversations with Digital Humanists, Julian Chambliss, Professor of English at Michigan State University, brings together a diverse group of digital humanities practitioners to reflect on theory and practice. From the question of public engagement and knowledge production to considerations of identity and cultural production, the conversations presented in this work shed light on the ways digital humanities offer scholars tools to ask humane questions. Are the benefits promised being achieved? Are the right tools and training available? Are we asking the right questions? In this volume, scholars deeply engaged in using digital tools reflect on their work and this dynamic academic field.

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Read more about Making Sense of Digital Humanities

Making Sense of Digital Humanities

Copyright Year: 2022

Contributors: Chambliss and Moll

Publisher: Michigan State University

License: CC BY-NC-SA

Taking up the challenge of navigating the complex world of digital humanities, Making Sense of Digital Humanities offers readers an exploration of the many ways scholars have employed the diverse toolkit of digital humanities to create a better understanding of the synergies and disruptions created by technological change. Rooted in a concern for the daunting tasks associated with teaching and learning about the digital humanities, this volume hopes to provide easy entry into a complex topic while highlighting how an understanding of digital humanities can transform our thinking about technology in the modern world.

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Read more about Elementary Chinese II

Elementary Chinese II

Copyright Year: 2022

Contributor: Zhou

Publisher: Michigan State University

License: CC BY-NC

Elementary Chinese II is aimed at those who have learned Chinese as a second/foreign language for one semester, using the OER textbook “Elementary Chinese I“.

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Elementary Chinese I

Copyright Year: 2022

Contributor: Zhou

Publisher: Michigan State University

License: CC BY-NC

This open textbook is designed for beginners learning Chinese as a second/foreign language. This book aims to introduce learners to standard Chinese pronunciation, character knowledge, basic conversational phrases, grammar and vocabulary use, and cultural knowledge. Throughout the eight chapters, learners will explore: greetings and self-introduction, hobbies, nationalities, family members and occupations, inviting friends to dinner, talking about food and beverage, making phone calls, and talking about classes and exams. Learning activities include audio recordings so students can listen to the pronunciation of vocabulary words and observe dialogue between speakers. The book also includes videos with captions, allowing learners to listen, watch, and read. Original interactive activities have been created by the author to facilitate the practice of target vocabulary and dialogues.

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Read more about Elementary Arabic I

Elementary Arabic I

Copyright Year: 2022

Contributors: Issa and Mohamed

Publisher: Michigan State University

License: CC BY

This open textbook is intended for beginning students of Arabic in their first semester. This OER is unique in its presentation of Arabic language content through theme-based modules. Each theme is addressed through vocabulary, grammar, reading, speaking, and writing components. Each chapter includes self-check embedded quizzes that help learners digest language concepts. The book is also designed with teachers in mind. Each chapter includes pair work and group tasks that the teacher can implement in class and other parts that can be assigned as homework. The focus of the book is to build literacy in Standard Arabic structure in a simplified and sequenced approach while emphasizing speaking skills. By the end of this course, students will be well prepared for building their competence in a sequenced and organized manner in the following parts of this series.

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