English and Communication

The following is a curated list of OER materials available in your particular subject area. The items you see here are generally well-developed, effectively structured, and are used and recommended by faculty in the SUNY system.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the openly licensed material available. If you don’t see something you need, we’d love to hear from you.

If you’d like to add to this list, please let us know.

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Developmental Reading and Writing

Textbooks

Reading Materials

Style Guides

 

Composition I and II

Composition Template Courses

Adaptations for specific programs

Ancillary Resources

 

TitleSourceLicenseNotes
Complete Courses
Reading 100Maricopa Millions ProjectCC BY
  • complete course in Canvas
Pre-College EnglishOpen Course Library WA SBCTCCC BY
  • complete course in Google Drive
English: Skills for LearningOpenLearnCC BY NC SA
  • complete course
Open Texts
Reading, Writing, and Communication SkillsBunda College of Agriculture, OER AfricaCC BY
  • textbook in individual PDF chapters
Writing HubBoundlessCC BY SA
  • textbook
Research, Analysis, and WritingAmerican Public UniversityCC BY NC SA
  • PDF textbook
Writing Spaces Vols. 1 & 2Writing SpacesCC BY NC SA or CC BY NC ND
  • instructional essays about the craft of writing
Writing in CollegeThe University of ChicagoCC BY NC ND
  • textbook
Writing CommonsWriting CommonsCC BY NC ND
  • online text
  • an update to the website in summer 2016 makes it appear as if all pages are copyrighted. However, they are all still openly licensed, according to the FAQs
Reading Material
LibriVoxLibriVoxPublic Domain
  • audio recordings of works of literature
Project GutenbergProject GutenbergPublic Domain
  • text files of works of literature and nonfiction
Project Gutenberg AustraliaProject Gutenberg AustraliaPublic Domain (Australian)
  • similar to the original Project Gutenberg, PGA offers public domain literature and nonfiction
  • due to different copyright laws, they have different options available from Project Gutenberg; however, make sure your selections are legally useable in the US
Lit2GoUniversity of South FloridaSpecial Terms of Use
  • literature MP3s and PDFs
  • supplemental instructional material
  • “A maximum of twenty-five (25) MP3 and/or text files may be used in any non-commercial, educational project (report, presentation, display, website, etc.) without special permission. The use of more than twenty-five MP3 and/or text files in a single project requires written permission from the Florida Center for Instructional Technology (FCIT) at USF.”
Grammar
PolysyllabicKarl HagenCC BY NC SA
  • grammar website
Resources
Improve Your WritingUniversity of British Columbia Writing CommonsCC BY
  • articles, blog, and toolkits from writing center
The Five Features of Effective WritingLearn NCCC BY NC SA
  • article series, written for instructors
Reading / Writing / VocabularyTV411CC BY NC SA
  • videos and print materials are openly licensed. Other instructional material online is free, but not open
Writing FellowsCity University of New York, School of Professional StudiesCC BY NC SA
  • articles for students and instructors
Walden University Writing CenterWalden UniversityCC BY NC ND
  • blog written by instructors and editors

 

 

Public Speaking and Communication

 

TitleSourceLicense Notes
CommunicationsBoundlessCC BY SA
The Public Speaking ProjectThe Public Speaking ProjectCC BY NC ND
  • this is the foundation text for Lumen’s template course, Principles of Public Speaking
  • website has ancillary materials and quizzes with verified registration, but these materials are NOT openly licensed
International Journal of Journalism and Mass CommunicationGraphy PublicationsCC BY
  • Peer-reviewed journal
  • Open access
  • all articles published with open licensing
Public Speaking: The ACA Open Knowledge Online GuideAmerican Communication AssociationCC BY NC ND
  • complete textbook that has since been taken offline. The open license on it means it can still be used, however.
  • The first chapter (0f 13) is linked here. Please contact us if you would like access to the remaining sections for review.

 

Literature

Survey / Intro to Literature

American Literature

British Literature

Ancillary Resources

Additional Offerings

Beyond what’s already hosted inside the SOS platform, many OER collections contain useful material for Literature courses. If you have suggestions to add here, please let us know.

TitleSourceLicense Notes
LibriVoxLibriVoxPublic Domain
  • audio recordings of works of literature
Project GutenbergProject GutenbergPublic Domain
  • text files of works of literature and nonfiction
Lit2GoUniversity of South FloridaSpecial Terms of Use
  • literature MP3s and PDFs
  • supplemental instructional material
  • “A maximum of twenty-five (25) MP3 and/or text files may be used in any non-commercial, educational project (report, presentation, display, website, etc.) without special permission. The use of more than twenty-five MP3 and/or text files in a single project requires written permission from the Florida Center for Instructional Technology (FCIT) at USF.”

ACCESSING PRIMARY SOURCES

Many literature courses, particularly those focusing on eras from the 1930s forward, require the study of copyrighted texts. When building an OER-based course, this obviously is a challenge. Here are some strategies to consider for getting your students access to copyrighted works: