Steven F. Butterman

Portuguese School Faculty

Steven F. Butterman is originally from Canada. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He teaches Portuguese language courses and Brazilian literature and cultural studies in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Miami, where he is Director of the Portuguese Language Program and the Women's and Gender Studies Program. Butterman has published articles on a wide range of topics, including 19th and 20th century Luso-Afro-Brazilian Literature and Culture, Contemporary Brazilian Poetry and Music, and LGBTQ studies. He is currently working on the final revisions for his third book manuscript, entitled Brazilian Portugays:  LGBT Language and Culture in Contemporary Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. He will be teaching two modules of Brazilian culture, entitled: Brazil: The country of Paradoxes.

 

Courses

Course List: 

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PGSE 3195 - High Beginning Portuguese      

Students enrolling in this course sequence will have completed at least one semester of Portuguese in a formal classroom setting, and they will typically have a proficiency level equivalent to “Novice-Mid,” according to the ACTFL guidelines of language proficiency. In this class, they will acquire a solid foundation of the basic concepts of the Portuguese language through concise explanations focused on usage, enhancing their lexical and communicative competence, which will allow them to interact in more meaningful ways while using the target language. The material developed for this course contains a considerable amount of exercises with answer keys, aiming at helping students break down their difficulties so that they acquire a reasonable degree of accuracy with confidence, being responsible for their learning process. Through the comprehensive inputs, students start becoming creative with the language, taking initiative to develop communicative exchanges using simple connected discourse. Most students successfully completing this sequence will emerge with a proficiency level of "Intermediate-Mid." Depending on motivation, effort, and previous knowledge some students may progress to a level of "Intermediate-High" during this sequence.

Basic Bibliography: Coudry, Pierre and Elizabeth Fontão. Fala Brasil! Português para estrangeiros, Editora Pontes, 1999.

Summer 2017 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week

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PGSE 3196 - High Beginning Portuguese      

Students enrolling in this course sequence will have completed at least one semester of Portuguese in a formal classroom setting, and they will typically have a proficiency level equivalent to “Novice-Mid,” according to the ACTFL guidelines of language proficiency. In this class, they will acquire a solid foundation of the basic concepts of the Portuguese language through concise explanations focused on usage, enhancing their lexical and communicative competence, which will allow them to interact in more meaningful ways while using the target language. The material developed for this course contains a considerable amount of exercises with answer keys, aiming at helping students break down their difficulties so that they acquire a reasonable degree of accuracy with confidence, being responsible for their learning process. Through the comprehensive inputs, students start becoming creative with the language, taking initiative to develop communicative exchanges using simple connected discourse. Most students successfully completing this sequence will emerge with a proficiency level of "Intermediate-Mid." Depending on motivation, effort, and previous knowledge some students may progress to a level of "Intermediate-High" during this sequence.

Basic Bibliography: Coudry, Pierre and Elizabeth Fontão. Fala Brasil! Português para estrangeiros, Editora Pontes, 1999.

Summer 2017 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week

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PGSE 3197 - Cultural Studies 1.75      

This course sequence is intended for students who have usually completed one semester of Portuguese, and it is designed to expand the PGSE 3195 & PGSE 3196 courses. In this program, students will develop their cultural background of the Portuguese-speaking countries nowadays, to better understand their diversity and complexities. Through different culture units, students will be able to enrich their experience as they heighten their awareness of the Lusophone artistic production, engaging in interesting class discussions, participating in dynamic and creative activities, and developing projects either in groups or individually. The interpersonal and in-depth exchanges will help them grasp the target language culture, as well as develop fluency as they are exposed to authentic texts in Portuguese, which will reinforce what they are learning in the grammar class, as they start becoming more confident while using a more structured argument to convey meaning.

Bibliography will vary each year. Material will be provided by the instructors.

Summer 2017 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week

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PGSE 3200 - Cultural Studies 1.5      

Lusophone Cultural Studies

This course sequence is intended for students with a strong background in Spanish or in another Romance language (native or near-native proficiency). It is designed to expand the PSGE 3198 & PSGE 3199 courses, with a specific focus on the cultural manifestations that shape the Lusophone world nowadays, aiming at strengthening speaking, argumentative, and writing skills. The program integrates the teaching of language in a formal classroom setting within a cultural context that may include history, media, music, cinema, literature, environment studies, and the arts in general, as well as the study of the colonization process and its cultural manifestations through a historical, geographical, political, and anthropological point of view. Students are also exposed to other phenomena that contributed to the formation of contemporary civilization in Portuguese-speaking countries through intensive reading and interpersonal oral expression, developing their listening, writing, interpretative, and communicative skills through critical thinking. By the end of the course, students have developed the ability to use connected discourse in major time frames with good control of the target language, with a deeper understanding of the cultural manifestations of the Lusophone world.

Bibliography for PGSE 3200 will vary each year. Material will be provided by the instructors.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week

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PGSE 3301 - Intermediate Portuguese III      

Students enrolling in this sequence will have completed at least three semesters of study in Portuguese and will typically have a proficiency level of “Intermediate-High” (and occasionally at least "Intermediate-Mid"), according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. Many times, students enrolled in this level have also participated in study abroad programs in countries where the target language is spoken, besides their traditional exposure to Portuguese at college. Students will engage in intensive language instruction to strengthen their knowledge of grammatical and syntactical structures, as well as improve their mastery of the language while increasing vocabulary and functional communicative ability. Students completing this sequence will participate actively in in-depth conversations on topics of both personal and public interest, using and combining a variety of communicative devices to satisfy linguistic needs. They may also develop a discourse in a more professional level. By the end of the program, students tend to achieve a proficiency level of "Advanced-Low" or "Advanced-Mid". Depending on motivation, effort, and diligence, some students will progress to “Advanced-High” during this sequence.

Required Text: Cereja, William, Cochar, Thereza. 2010. Gramática Reflexiva. São Paulo: Editora Atual.

Summer 2017 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week

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PGSE 3302 - Cultural Studies III      

This course sequence is intended for students who have had at least three semesters of formal instruction in Portuguese, and it is designed to expand the PSGE 3301 & PSGE 3302 courses. In addition to the contact with language structures through intensive reading and to the exposure to different registers, students enrolled in this program will also develop their intercultural competence through courses divided into thematic-culture related units that are team-taught by faculty and experts from different areas of studies. These thematic units encompass several topics, such as the environment and sustainability, and literature of the Portuguese-speaking countries, providing students with different concepts and perspectives, as well as with the development of intercultural sensibility. These content courses may include components such as theoretical readings, critical discussions, debates, and writings, exposing students to cultural products and practices of the Lusophone world. In this level they also use the language in a hypothetical way, learning how to discuss topics both concretely and abstractly.

Bibliography for PGSE 3302/03 will vary each year.

Summer 2015 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week, Summer 2017 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week

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PGSE 3303 - Cultural Studies III      

This course sequence is intended for students who have had at least three semesters of formal instruction in Portuguese, and it is designed to expand the PSGE 3301 & PSGE 3302 courses. In addition to the contact with language structures through intensive reading and to the exposure to different registers, students enrolled in this program will also develop their intercultural competence through courses divided into thematic-culture related units that are team-taught by faculty and experts from different areas of studies. These thematic units encompass several topics, such as the environment and sustainability, and literature of the Portuguese-speaking countries, providing students with different concepts and perspectives, as well as with the development of intercultural sensibility. These content courses may include components such as theoretical readings, critical discussions, debates, and writings, exposing students to cultural products and practices of the Lusophone world. In this level they also use the language in a hypothetical way, learning how to discuss topics both concretely and abstractly.

Bibliography for PGSE 3302/03 will vary each year.

Summer 2017 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week

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PGSE 3402 - Cultural Studies IV      

This course sequence is intended for students who usually have had the equivalent to two years of formal instruction in Portuguese, and it is designed to expand the PSGE 3401 & PSGE 3402 courses. In addition to the contact with language structures through intensive reading and to the exposure to different registers, students enrolled in this program will also develop their intercultural competence through courses divided into thematic-culture related units that are team-taught by faculty and experts from different areas of studies. These thematic units encompass several topics, such as discourse analysis in Portuguese, cultural studies, post-colonial studies, and literature of the Portuguese-speaking countries, providing students with different concepts and perspectives, as well as with the development of intercultural sensibility. They will further develop their skills to defend opinion and use hypotheses in extended discourses, maintaining a high degree of linguistic accuracy. These content courses may include components such as theoretical readings, critical discussions, debates, and writings, exposing students to cultural products and practices of the Lusophone world.

Bibliography for PGSE 3402/03 will vary each year. Material will be provided by the instructors.

Summer 2015 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week

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PGSE 3403 - Cultural Studies IV      

This course sequence is intended for students who usually have had the equivalent to two years of formal instruction in Portuguese, and it is designed to expand the PSGE 3401 & PSGE 3402 courses. In addition to the contact with language structures through intensive reading and to the exposure to different registers, students enrolled in this program will also develop their intercultural competence through courses divided into thematic-culture related units that are team-taught by faculty and experts from different areas of studies. These thematic units encompass several topics, such as discourse analysis in Portuguese, cultural studies, post-colonial studies, and literature of the Portuguese-speaking countries, providing students with different concepts and perspectives, as well as with the development of intercultural sensibility. They will further develop their skills to defend opinion and use hypotheses in extended discourses, maintaining a high degree of linguistic accuracy. These content courses may include components such as theoretical readings, critical discussions, debates, and writings, exposing students to cultural products and practices of the Lusophone world.

Bibliography for PGSE 3402/03 will vary each year. Material will be provided by the instructors.

Summer 2016 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week

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The Portuguese School

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
portugueseschool@middlebury.edu
P: 802.443.5292
F: 802.443.2075

Mailing address
Portuguese School
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

Laura Bachand, Coordinator
lbachand@middlebury.edu