The purpose of “Spanish in Texas” is to make available authentic knowledge about the diversity of Spanish and speakers of the Spanish language in Texas for the improvement of educational programs in the state of Texas and beyond.
The Spanish in Texas project team is developing a pedagogically useful corpus of Spanish and bilingual Spanish-English speech samples culled from interviews and conversations among speakers of diverse personal profiles and regional origins throughout Texas. The videos will be accompanied by instructional materials for specific levels (elementary, middle school, high school, and college) for use in mainstream Spanish language classrooms and dual-language immersion programs, as well as in Social Studies and Language Arts curricula.
The project was selected to receive funding from the Longhorn Innovation Fund for Technology (LIFT) for the grant period September 1, 2012 – August 31, 2013. Here’s the project as described on the LIFT grant website:
The interface project will create a web resource to search and adapt items from the Spanish in Texas language corpus (SPinTX). The corpus is part of the ongoing Spanish in Texas Project under the auspices of the Title VI Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL). The main goal of the project is to help educators exploit the SPinTX corpus to customize materials for the teaching of Spanish at all educational levels. The aims of the project are: (a) to develop a pedagogically friendly interface for the corpus; b) to involve teachers and learners, via crowd-sourcing, social networking, and workshops, in the development of open educational resources (OER); and (c) to develop a model for using open source tools and a pedagogical interface that can be adapted for any language corpus.
Spanish in Texas is part of the 2010-2014 program of the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL), a National Foreign Language Resource Center at the University of Texas at Austin.