With all of the expertly written and edited Spanish textbooks on the market (most of which are accompanied by beautiful interactive websites), many instructors enjoy and trust the quality ready-made materials that large publishers offer. I know this because I was one of them.
However, over time I began to grow concerned about the cost of my traditional textbook. Even after “bundling” my book into three-chapter packets for each term, at approximately one hundred dollars per quarter, many of my students were unable to purchase the book when classes started, if at all. I witnessed the cost of my book impact enrollment and student success in the course time and time again.
With this in mind, I began to examine how much value the book and companion website were adding to my students’ educational experience. After polling my students and doing a lot of self-refection, the answer was this: my students were paying for a lot of features and materials that they weren’t using, and there was a general dislike for the book and its website. Having taught with several other books over the years, I felt confident these issues were not specific to our current text. It was time to look for a solution, and the answer was to adopt Open Educational Resources.
In my research, I found some great low cost materials. But, my goal was to find something I could adapt to fit my teaching style that was printable, truly no-cost and included authentic Spanish language resources. Coming up empty-handed, I decided to write this book and to publish it under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license so that others may use, adapt, and share this material freely.
This Spanish book was written mid-year as an immediate solution to our high-cost materials problem. In its current state, it is a collection of frequently used vocabulary, beginner grammar lessons, and in-class activities geared toward partner and small group work. In the future, this book will be integrated into a year-long curriculum that includes homework activities and additional resources such as slideshows. I hope you will check back as these materials evolve.
I owe special thanks to the Librarians as Open Education Leaders (LOEL) grant, Linda Keys, and Jessica Steinberg for their roles in making this project possible. I also wish to thank photographers who make their images available with Creative Commons licenses; and finally, I must express my deepest gratitude to a very special group of students. Not only did they put their trust in me while we took the OER leap mid-year, they also created practice activities to share with other students when we update this textbook. Boaz Brown, April Burrow, Evelyn Busby, Jennifer Carver, Zack Chen, Brian Currigan, Ashley Fix, Elsa Hansen, Andrés Hernández, Kaiha Hovanec, Daniel Joshi, Yelena Karptsov, Daniel Marte, Sarah Melvin, Bryan Nerison, Conner Pirtle, Ashley Reitan, Jorge Ruíz, James Terry, Nhung Tran, Victoria Wagner, Kelsi Walker, Kiara Wiedman, and Charlie Wilkes: your patience, positive attitudes, and hard work have been inspiring.
Erin Huebener, M.A.
Spokane Community College
¡Libro Libre! Is published under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license.
You may use, adapt, and share this material freely, but you must give credit to material created by the author.
I would love to hear about where and how the book is being used, as well as learn about your experiences with the text.
Also, I am always looking for ideas for free, authentic materials for reading, listening, or culture to include in future editions. If you would like to contribute something for possible inclusion, please feel free to contact me. If your materials are chosen, you will receive proper credit.
Libro Libre se ha publicado bajo una licencia CC BY-NC 4.0. Se puede utilizar, editar y, compartir estos materiales gratuitamente, pero se debe darle crédito a la autora.
Me encantaría escuchar sobre dónde y cómo se usa este libro de texto y, de sus experiencias usándolo.
También, siempre busco nuevos materiales auténticos y gratuitos para incluir en futuras ediciones. Si a usted le gustaría contribuir algo, no tarde en mandarme sus sugerencias. Si elijo algo que usted ha contribuído, recibirá crédito apropiado.