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Vivian Flanzer Wins Award for Best Academic Publication from the American Organization of Teachers of Portuguese

Posted: April 7, 2014

Vivian Flanzer, a senior lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The University of Texas at Austin, and a faculty associate of LLILAS, has been awarded the Best Academic Publication prize from the American Organization of Teachers of Portuguese (AOTP) for her publication “Teaching Brazilian Portuguese and Culture Through Authentic Videos and Readings of Crônicas.” According to the abstract available through the UT Digital Repository, Flanzer’s report “investigates the use of authentic readings and videos to teach Portuguese language and culture in the foreign language classroom.” Flanzer reviews “recent research supporting the use of authentic videos and films to teach the target language and culture concomitantly,” and presents “a thorough description of the Brazilian literary genre of crônica, based upon the works of preeminent Brazilian literary critics and historians.” Flanzer’s report concludes with a unit design proposal grounded in second language acquisition theory and research. “The proposed innovative approach that incorporates authentic non-scripted videos and literary readings … provides a strong support to teachers [who] seek to teach cultural perspectives as well as products and practices in the foreign language classroom.” The award ceremony will take place on May 2, 2014, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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