Orlando R. Kelm
Associate Professor — Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Associate Professor, Department of Spanish & Portuguese and Department of Marketing Administration
Teaching of foreign language for professional purposes; technology in foreign language education; Portuguese and Spanish phonetics; applied linguistics
Orlando R. Kelm (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1989) is an Associate Professor of Hispanic Linguistics whose professional interests center on the use language and culture for professional purposes, such as Business Spanish and Portuguese. His current research focuses on the creation of instructional materials, including the use of innovative technologies in foreign language instruction. He also frequently teaches courses, both in Spanish and Portuguese, in phonetics and phonology. He currently serves as the Associate Director of Business Language Education for the Center for International Business Education and Research at UT, Austin.
LAS 322 • Business In Hispan Life/Cul
LAS 381 • Business In Latin America
40375 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 800am-930am CBA 4.330
This course, (taught in Spanish, but designed for both native and non-native speakers of Spanish), consists of the analysis of the cultural issues that come up when doing business in Latin America. Course materials are found on the course blog: http://kelmcultural.wordpress.com/. Content for the class comes from online interviews with Latin American professionals who deal with a variety of cultural issues that Americans will encounter when working in Latin America and Spain. The cultural items are reviewed within the context of Language, Environment, Social Organization, Contexting, Authority, Non-verbal Communication, and Time. The interviews are saved as video clips and are accessible over the Internet. The 200+ interviews are subdivided into four major categories including the following: Negotiation Style, Language Issues, Courtesy and Social Situations, Time and Scheduling, U.S./Spain Negotiations.
LAS 381 • Business In Latin America
40717 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 800am-930am GSB 5.142A
LAS 370S • Business In Hispan Life/Cul
40270 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 930am-1100am MEZ 1.210
(also listed as SPN 350)
Course Title: Business in Hispanic Life and Culture
Instructor Name: Kelm, Orlando
This course consists of the analysis of the cultural issues that come up when doing business in Latin America. Course materials are found on the course blog: http://kelmcultural.wordpress.com/. Content for the class comes from online interviews with Latin American professionals who deal with a variety of cultural issues that Americans will encounter when working in Latin America and Spain. The cultural items are reviewed within the context of Language, Environment, Social Organization, Context, Authority, Non-verbal Communication, and Time. The interviews are saved as video clips and are accessible over the Internet. The 200+ interviews are subdivided into four major categories including the following: Negotiation Style, Language Issues, Courtesy and Social Situations, Time and Scheduling, U.S./Spain Negotiations.
All other materials are found on the WEB at the following URL:
The final grade is determined by a percentage of points earned for the semester (A=90+, B=80+, C=70+, D=60+):
Culture Portfolio 1 x 50 pts = 50
Executive Summaries 4 x 50 pts = 200
Mental Maps 4 x 25 pts = 100
Blog Comments/Posts 10 x 10 pts = 100
Presentación Oral 1 x 100 pts = 100
Attendance 50 pts – 2 = 50
TOTAL 600 pts
Internet Based Publication Projects
- “Cultural Interviews with International Business Executives” 2015. Updated version of the nearly 1000 previous Spanish, German, Chinese, Turkish and Japanese online interviews. <http://culturalinterviews.wikispaces.com>.
- “Língua da Gente.” 2014-2016. Audio podcast lessons with accompanying PDF files, and discussion blog. <http://linguadagente.coerll.utexas.edu>.
- “Língua da Gente” Application. 2014-2016. Mobile App with exercises to accompany the Língua da Gente podcast series. <http://openlanguage.com/library/learn-portuguese/24/latest>.
- "Conversa Brasileira." 2009-2012. Video podcast lessons with accompanying PDF files, and discussion blog. <http://coerll.utexas.edu/brazilpod/cob/>.
- The Foreign Language Mastery Show. Host John Fotheringham. Nov. 25, 2009. http://l2mastery.com/blog/shownotes/interview-with-dr-orlando-kelm/
- The Global Wanderer: Intelligent Talk – Business. Culture. Travel. Host: Michael Froehls, June 11, 2013. http://theglobalwanderer.tumblr.com/post/52749385036/intercultural-awareness
- The Hum of Language Acquisition: The Official Voice of OpenLanguage. Host: Jenny Zhu, July 31, 2013. http://blog.openlanguage.com/2013/07/31/the-openlanguage-learners-series-conversation-with-a-reluctant-polyglot/
- Travel Wisdom Podcast. Host Ladan Jiracek. Feb 13, 2015-10-15. http://www.podcastchart.com/podcasts/travel-wisdom-podcast-how-travelling-can-plant-the-seeds-of-wisdom-and-lead-to-success-in-life/episodes/ep-42-orlando-kelm-on-learning-languages-as-a-cultural-thing-also-his-portuguese-podcast
- Kelm, Orlando R. Conversa Brasileira. Reproduced and distributed on demand by the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL), The University of Texas at Austin. 2013. Pp 352.
- Kelm, Orlando R., John N. Doggett, and Haiping Tang. When we are the foreigners: What Chinese think about working with Americans. Charleston, SC: Createspace.com. 2011. Pp 146.
Interview Article: Ladan Nikravan, Diversity Executive, Oct. 4, 2011, <http://www.diversity-executive.com/article.php?in=1325>
Review: Kirkus Indie Review, Oct. 3, 2011, <http://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/indie/orlando-r-kelm/when-we-are-foreigners/>
Review: Trevor Williams, Global Atlanta, Sept. 21, 2011, <http://www.globalatlanta.com/article/25079/>
- Kelm, Orlando R., Mary Risner. Brazilians Working with Americans: Cultural Case Studies. Austin, TX: The University of Texas Press, 2007. Pp 196.
Review: Vanessa Fitzgibbon, Luso-Brazilian Review, Volume 47, Number 1, 2010, pp. 254-256.
Review: Maria Antonia Cowles, The Modern Language Journal, Volume 93, Number 1, 2009, pp. 132.
Kelm, Orlando R., and David Victor. The Seven Keys to Intercultural Communication: Brazil. To be published by Georgetown University Press in Fall 2016.
Kelm, Orlando R., David Victor, and Haru Yamada. The Seven Keys to Intercultural Communication: Japan. To be published by Georgetown University Press.
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