Foreign Languages and the Literary in the Everyday

Project Directors: Chantelle Warner (UA), Carl Blyth (University of Texas at Austin), Joanna Luks (Cornell University).
In collaboration with: the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL) at the University of Texas at Austin.

COERLL published the French OER Le littéraire dans le quotidien in 2013, a textbook with materials that bridge the divide between lower level language courses and upper level literature “content” courses ( Following on the success of that publication, the Foreign Languages and the Literary in the Everyday (FLLITE) project has created an archive of similar activities in several languages–

—as well as a new online environment that facilitates the creation of user-generated materials that go beyond a single author. The project includes (1) an archive of literacy-based materials that implement LITE principles (e.g., the metaphorical extension of meaning in new contexts, an emphasis on language play, the use of social reading and collaborative annotation), to include forum spaces for discussions between members of teaching communities and examples of how to integrate the materials into curricula and classroom practices (these will be updated through crowdsourced ideas found in the discussion forums); (2) materials tagged with metadata such as topic, linguistic features, and proficiency level so that users can choose the activities that best suit their needs; and (3) recordings of professional development webinars that demonstrate ways in which to produce and use these materials.

In 2021, the authors published an OER handbook for the FLLITE project, The Literary in the Everyday: A Literacy-based Approach for the Language Classroom.