The Department of French and Italian

Congratulations to Carl Blyth & Douglas Biow, recipients of a Title VI grant!

Wed, October 1, 2014
Congratulations to Carl Blyth & Douglas Biow, recipients of a Title VI grant!

Carl Blyth, Associate Professor of French Linguistics, has been awarded a four-year Title VI grant by the Department of Education to continue the operation of the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL).   Established in 2010, COERLL is one of 15 national foreign language resource centers.  COERLL's mission is to produce and disseminate Open Educational Resources (OERs) for the Internet public (e.g., online language courses, reference grammars, assessment tools, corpora, etc.). The term OER refers to any educational material offered freely for anyone to use, typically involving some permission to re-mix, improve, and redistribute.  Open Education is part of the Free Culture Movement, whose goal is to promote the freedom to distribute and modify creative works in the form of open content by using the Internet and various forms of media.  COERLL's OER carry Creative Commons open licenses, a legal alternative to traditional copyright. The $750,000 grant will allow COERLL to develop and disseminate OER in several languages such as Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Czech, French, K'ichee' Mayan, Persian, Portuguese, and Turkish.  COERLL will also join forces with UT-Pan American and the National Heritage Language Resource Center (UCLA) to develop OER for heritage Spanish speakers. Finally, COERLL's research agenda will focus on determining the impact of OER on language learning and teaching in an increasingly connected world.


The Center for European Studies (CES) is pleased to announce that it has yet again received a Title VI grant from the Department of Education, thus making us once more a National Resource Center (NRC) with Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships.  The total award from the Department of Education comes to $1,972,000 over the next four years.  This funding, along with the EU Center of Excellence grant (which CES also won for the 2014-15 year, funded at 90,000 Euros), will support a host of existing and new activities dedicated to European Studies.  To this end, over the next four years CES will, among other things:

  • Build technology-assisted European language programs for hybrid courses (based on distance and on-site technology-mediated interaction) with COERLL, as well as train high school and university teachers in the programs through vigorous outreach initiatives and workshops.
  • Offer at least 5 FLAS awards to graduate students and 5 FLAS awards to undergraduate students annually, along with at least 2 summer FLAS awards.
  • Create with LBJ, as well as the Strauss Center and Clements Center, the new “Austin Forum in Diplomacy and Strategy.”
  • In collaboration with the Center for Russia, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREEES), introduce new less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) into our regular course offerings and establish a new consortium with other flagship state universities to increase the number of LCTLs available for students through strategic resource-sharing collaborations.
  • Create new courses through curricular enhancement across campus focusing on two key professional schools: the McCombs School of Business and LBJ.
  • Create new courses with a focus on Europe in Anthropology, Business, and Political Science with curricular development grants.
  • Build durable connections with professional schools and existing Title VI NRCs on campus to promote interdisciplinary and transnational research with a focus on Europe through conferences, events, workshops, lectures, and curriculum development.
  • Enhance our existing and extensive outreach program with UT’s Hemispheres focusing on K-12 education, teacher training, area studies and language education, the business community, local colleges eligible for Title III and Title V funding, Minority-Serving Institutions, Colleges of Education, and the general public.
  • Continue to forge our existing collaborations with Minority-Serving Institutions and establish new ones through course offerings, course development, mentorships, visiting lectures, and conference workshops.
  • Develop our extensive business outreach program with a new workshop with IC2, the UT economic incubator.
  • Award research/travel grants for faculty and PhD students at UT. 
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