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MERLOT Classics Award Winner in World Languages: Spanish Proficiency Exercises: Multiple Applications of the Same Online Materials

Orlando R. Kelm (University of Texas-Austin, USA)
Session Information
April 11, 2014 - 11:40am
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Applied Use (technology or pedagogy)
Institutional Level: 
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Lone Star C2
Session Duration: 
50 Minutes
Information Session 10
Virtual Session
MERLOT Session
MERLOT Classics Award Winner

“Spanish Proficiency Exercises” ( is a compilation of brief video clips where native speakers of Spanish exemplify various language tasks. The materials were designed as a model for students to perform the same tasks. The object of this presentation is to demonstrate how materials are used in other ways: Grammar Review, Linguistic Analysis, Dialectology, Phonetics, Listening Comprehension, Cultural Studies, etc.

Extended Abstract

One of the characteristics of successful online materials is when users have multiple options for implementation. We see this in the video clips from “Spanish Proficiency Exercises” (, where native speakers orally model various language tasks. The tasks include transcriptions, translations, and brief grammar explanations. Because this resource provides actual speech samples from various locations throughout Latin America and Spain, they can be used for a number of new purposes: testing, grammar review, linguistic analysis, dialectology, phonetics, listening comprehension, cultural studies. These materials are available as a free open resource, without password restriction. The object of this presentation is to explore ways in which the same materials can be retooled for multiple uses.

Lead Presenter
Orlando Kelm

Orlando R. Kelm (University of Texas-Austin, USA)

Dr. Orlando R. Kelm is an Associate Professor of Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin where he teaches courses in Portuguese and Spanish, focusing mainly on business language and the cultural aspects of international business communication. He also serves as the Associate Director of Business Language Education at the UT CIBER (Center for International Business Education and Research).

His most recent online materials development project is entitled "Conversa Brasileira" and his most recent book (coauthors: John N. Doggett and Haiping Tang) is entitled "When We Are the Foreigners: What Chinese Think About Working With Americans."