Frequently Asked Questions
Who Runs the Pathways Project?
The Pathways Project OER Repository is an initiative from the Boise State University Department of World Languages. The repository is an open and collaborative network of instructional materials and professional development created by and uniquely for Idaho’s K-16 language teachers and students.
Teachers and students participating in the Pathways Project come from different fields of study and schools across Idaho to create open (i.e., free), digital activities that support the teaching and learning of foreign languages and promote intercultural competence. We hope to impact the opportunities learners have to connect to the global world!
What’s Available on the Pathways Project Website?
The Pathways OER Language Teaching Repository website hosts a collection of over 700 activities, across nine languages, and a proficiency range from novice — advanced. All activities are “classroom-ready,” meaning they include national and Idaho state standards, NCSSFL-ACTFL can-do statements, editable materials, and detailed instructions. In addition to interpersonal speaking activities, the site hosts resources for promoting language instruction, interpretive listening and reading activities, professional development for language instructors, and more!
In What Languages Do You Offer Activities?
At the present time, we have activities available in American Sign Language, Basque, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. The Pathways Repository also features a large collection of English activities that can be used in TESOL classrooms and/or adapted for any language.
What if I Catch an Error on an Activity?
Many of the activities on the Pathways Project OER Repository were created by upper-division students at Boise State University and serve as a foundation that our online community can build upon and refine. While they are polished, we welcome and encourage collaboration from language instructors to help modify grammar, syntax, and content where needed. Kindly contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any corrections/suggestions and we will update the content in a timely manner.
What are the Licensing/Copyright Restrictions on Pathways Project Activities?
All materials created by faculty, staff and students involved with the Pathways Project are covered under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0).
This means you are free to:
- Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
- Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material
Under the following terms:
- Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
- NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes.
- ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.
No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.
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Note: Every effort has been made to properly credit third party resources in our materials. If you catch an error or find something to be mislabeled, kindly let us know at Pathwaysproject@boisestate.edu.
Do You Have a Mailing List or Newsletter?
Yes! You can subscribe to the Pathways Post using this link.
How Can I Submit an Activity to the Pathways Project?
If you are interested in submitting an activity to the Pathways Project, please kindly send an email to email@example.com with a short description of the activity. We welcome activities from all languages and especially encourage submissions from less commonly taught languages such as Arabic, Russian, Polish, Portuguese, Italian, etc.
For more information, be sure to check out our website: https://www.boisestate.edu/pathwaysproject