Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Spanish, Portuguese and Spanglish Faculty Recognition

Fri, April 4, 2014
Spanish, Portuguese and Spanglish Faculty Recognition











Professor Vivian Flanzer

The American Organization of Teachers of Portuguese (AOTP) gave the 2014 prize for best academic publication to Vivian Flanzer for “Teaching Brazilian Portuguese and Culture Through Authentic Videos and Readings of Crônicas.” In this work, Flanzer examines current approaches to teaching culture in the foreign language classroom and their pedagogical implications. This discussion is followed by a review of recent research supporting the use of authentic videos and films to teach the target language and culture concomitantly; it also includes a thorough description of the Brazilian literary genre of crônica, based upon the works of preeminent Brazilian literary critics and historians. The essay ends with a unit design proposal based on the literature reviewed and grounded in second language acquisition theories and research. This innovative approach provides a strong support to teachers that seek to teach cultural perspectives as well as products and practices in the foreign language classroom.
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Professor Melissa Murphy and Professor Jacqueline Toribio

The Texas Language Center is pleased to announce its Professional Development Award recipients for 2014! These awards are made to instructors of languages other than English at UT who are seeking to develop new materials, courses, or methods for teaching their languages, or who may need to attend a conference or purchase materials in order to improve their teaching.


Professor Orlando Kelm

Dr. Orlando R. Kelm’s 'The Spanish Proficiency Exercises' ( has been selected by the MERLOT World Languages Editorial Board as the winner of the 2014 MERLOT Classics Award for Exemplary Online Learning Resources. The award will be presented to Dr. Kelm at the 7th Annual Symposium on Emerging Technologies in Online Education in Fort Worth, Texas, April 9-11, 2014.  As a recipient of the MERLOT Classics Award, Dr. Kelm has also been invited to give a special presentation at the symposium on April 11, 2014.

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