Podcasting Team from the University of Texas at Austin
Orlando was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada but raised in Salt Lake City, Utah (his German father never could get used to the cold weather, so he moved further south). He earned his Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley in 1989 and then went straight to the University of Texas at Austin, where he has been ever since.
Have you ever seen the Mormon missionaries with the white shirts and ties? That's where Orlando got his start with Portuguese, serving in São Paulo from 1977 – 1979. Since then he's picked up quite a bit of Spanish, and a little bit of Italian, Catalan, German, Japanese, and he's now taking a crack at some Chinese. Those are more of a hobby, but then a little stargazing and a little guitar make for good hobbies too.
Professionally, you'll find him working a lot with business schools, focusing on language for professional purposes.Vivian Flanzer
Vivian Flanzer is the author of ClicaBrasil, a website that derives from her experience of teaching Portuguese as a Foreign Language since 1995. Vivian teaches Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin, where she also has been coordinating its Portuguese Language Program since 2001. She holds a Master's in Anthropology from Museu Nacional of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and is currently working on a graduate degree in Foreign Language Education at UT-Austin.
Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, a cidade maravilhosa, this carioca da gema goes home whenever she can to visit her family and friends and to drink água de coco in Copacabana.
Given the large need for instructional materials in foreign language, the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas helped establish the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL) . COERLL seeks to enhance foreign language instruction by sponsoring the development of instructional materials and to help disseminate these materials for all learners of foreign languages, with special emphasis on the less commonly taught languages. To date COERLL has supported projects in French, Italian, German, Russian, Persian, Arabic, and of course ours in Portuguese. COERLL is lead by its director, Carl Blyth (Associate Professor of French Linguistics) and its Project Manager, Karen Kelton (Senior Lecturer in the Department of French and Italian). In fact, Brazilpod has been created through the support of COERLL, with special contribution by COERLL’s web developer Nathalie Steinfeld.
The Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services (LAITS) has helped support projects in the development of our Portuguese materials for years. From IT grants to the use of the recording facilities and expert technical support, LAITS has made it possible for less commonly taught languages like Portuguese to have a resource for development. LAITS main objective is to provide multimedia and technology support for the students of the University of Texas. As such the focus is always on the student’s application of the development projects. LAITS is led by its Director and Assistant Dean for Technology, Joe TenBarge and its Associate Director, James Henson.
The LAITS Student Technology Assistants (STA) program was essential for the Brazilpod website redesign in 2012. Under the management of Suloni Robertson the STA program with the help of Karina House (web design) and the illustrations of Julie Lim, Chu-Wei Lu Yuan, Miles Foster-Greenwood, Katie Tiller, Megan Vo, and Emma Whelan gave the website a new look.
Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas, because of the size of the university and the emphasis on Latin America, has one of the largest programs in Portuguese in the nation. We are able to offer a full range of courses in Portuguese language, linguistics, and literature, including programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. The Department also sponsors study abroad summer programs in Brazil, as well as a number of affiliated programs throughout the year. Every semester nearly 150 students are enrolled in Portuguese courses, all using the materials that we have created for Brazilpod.
The Center for International Business Education and Research at the University of Texas has been active in supporting the development of Portuguese language materials for years. The aim of the center is to develop the internationalization of business education, including the language and cultural issues that are involved. UT’s CIBER is one of over 30 that are sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, whose mandate is to improve the global competitiveness of U.S. business professionals. Many of the development projects in Spanish and Portuguese at UT have been created with the support of the UT CIBER. The director of the UT CIBER is Deirdre Mendez.