I have listed this concern regarding potential OERu learners/students for whom English is not their first language in the user stories section of Wikieducator (item 20), and forgive me if the issue of language and translation of OER did come up in the OERu planning meetings and I've not yet been able to see how far we have got with this issue (I would be grateful if anyone could direct me to where this may have been discussed).
Becuase my speciality is OER in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) I would like to be an AVI content specialist volunteer in this area, and I wish to seed a user story under this section heading in Wikieducator. However, before I do this user story description I'd like some feedback from the SCoPE community on what language you foresee the OERu content being in, and if it is going to be predominantly English OER content what do we need to plan around the translation of and/or support of this OER in English by way of EAP? I understand that the anchor partners where accreditation will be taking place are all institutions where English is the language of instruction so this is why I am thinking in this vein.
Also, are we considering having non-English speaking students among the first 100 for the prototype 2012 year? I think we should as I believe this will be representative of the types of OERu learners/students that would be interested in this type of open HE learning model. What is the OERu student recruitment process for the 2012 prototype, I wonder? We - myself and other potential language AVIs - would like to volunteer with the development of OER for EAP and tutoring with academic competencies, including support with concepts around the academic culture of the accrediting bodies (e.g. the assesment types from different subject domains in the West) as this is something international students struggle with in f2f EAP programmes in the UK where I currently work. It would be good to be involved in the 2012 prototype to scope where OER for EAP would be a good fit to support learners/students whose first language is not English.
Lots of questions - I look forward to your responses!
All the best,
Research and Teaching Fellow
The English Language Centre, Durham University
The Support Centre for Open Resources in Education, The Open University