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Visiting Assistant Professor

Marie Butcher
IIRC Building 1
(831) 647-6439

Professor Marie Butcher teaches English for Academic and Professional Purposes within the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education (GSTILE). She specializes in assisting international students and non-native speakers of English with their oral and written proficiency in English. 

Marie came to the Institute via the Custom Language Services (CLS) in 2002, offering customized language instruction to business people and diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from Taiwan, Japan, and China. Marie has also taught specialized programs within the ESL Department, the CNS Visiting Fellows program, and the Critical Issues Forum at the Center for Non-Proliferation Studies. Prior to becoming Assistant Professor at MIIS, she worked at Monterey Peninsula College for 20 years in the ESL, English and French Departments. Marie also taught English abroad at the American Language Center in Marrakech, Morocco, and has led travel programs abroad to France & Italy, Kenya & Tanzania and Costa Rica. 

Marie feels she has a unique perspective because she has the opportunity to work with students in multiple disciplines across campus, assisting them with the same ultimate goal of finessing their English skills, so as to be able to communicate effectively in their chosen disciplines.

Courses Taught

Courses offered in the past two years.

  • Current term
  • Upcoming term(s)

EAPP 8456 Advanced Rhetoric and Genre is a course designed to hone your research and writing skills in order to create fluid and interesting prose appropriate for the graduate level. The course is open to qualified international students. The content of the course will include a series of short essays, a genre presentation, and a final research paper that may be prepared in conjunction with another course.

The primary goals of this course are as follows:

• Developing critical reading skills,

• Learning how to correctly write and research an academic paper,

• Understanding how to blend sources without losing your own voice

• Introducing ways to document sources correctly using APA/Chicago format to avoid plagiarism,

• Understanding and implementing the characteristics of good writing into our own writing,

• Working on pre-writing skills such as brainstorming and outlining,

• Learning how to narrow and choose appropriate topics,

• Interacting with others through in-class discussion and writings on Moodle to
facilitate critical analysis and peer review

Spring 2018 - MIIS

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Climate Change: Security, Ethics & Justice, Solutions

This Monterey Model class studies 3 broad topics: 1) climate change and local/national/global security (weeks 1-5), 2) CC ethics and justice (weeks 6-10), 3) adaptation, mitigations and solutions for CC (weeks 11-15).

A Monterey Model class associates several languages sections (English, French, Spanish) and TI students from the TI Practicum. During regular weeks, language students study climate change (CC) through the same topics (security ethics, solutions) in their respective target languages, at the same time in separate classrooms with their own professors. During the plenaries (in Irvine auditorium), (selected) students from the 3 language sections present and discuss their topics in their respective target languages (English, French, Spanish), while TI students under faculty supervision provide simultaneous interpretation (for students’ presentations and QA period).

During the plenaries, (selected) language students also act as MCs : They introduce and manage student speakers, coordinate with speakers and TI chief interpreters, trouble-shoot, keep time, etc. Professor Gueldry will compile the schedule for the plenaries based on all classes input through their respective professors. But during the plenaries in Irvine, selected students MCs from the three language sections are responsible for all activities and general flow.

In terms of linguistic proficiency skills, EAPP students should be at the Advanced Mid-to High level (ACTFL proficiency), FRLA and SPAN students Advanced Mid- to preferably High level.

Spring 2018 - MIIS

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This course provides students with strategies for improving their reading skills as well as understanding academic and professional rhetoric. Students will critique various texts and speeches, as well as create their own persuasive speeches and debates.

Fall 2017 - MIIS

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Navigating the Process: Advanced Strategies in Rewriting is a course in rewriting, editing and proofreading available to all qualified international students. The course concentrates on giving non-native speakers of English the necessary tools to edit their own writing. We will use short in- class writing and papers from other classes to sharpen our editing skills.

Students can expect to ...

- learn the strengths and weaknesses in their own writing;

- increase knowledge and understanding of academic English usage;

- enrich style and expression; punctuate correctly;

- write more cohesively (and coherently);

- use transitions more effectively;

- reduce redundancy;

- research and teach a grammar point;

- work in small groups;

- and give and receive written feedback.

Fall 2017 - MIIS

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Editing Strategies is a course designed to assist you with your writing, stylistic and copy-editing skills in English. Individual sessions will be dedicated to specific topics such as: concision, sentence variety, topics in grammar, punctuation, etc. This will be an opportunity to refine your written English skills. You may take all the classes for credit, or audit individual sessions.

Spring 2017 - MIIS

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Areas of Interest

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), advanced research, writing, editing, critical thinking, and presentation skills
  • English grammar, rhetoric, composition, and vocabulary development
  • Critical thinking, content-based instruction, inter-cultural communication
  • Comparative literature, French, Spanish, linguistics, and poetry

Academic Degrees

  • MA in Comparative Literature, San Francisco State University
  • Project Zero & Certificate in Teaching for Understanding, Harvard University
  • California Teaching Credential in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Humanities, French & English
  • BA in French Language & Literature, Colorado College

Professor Butcher has been teaching at the Institute since 2002.


Marie Butcher is a regular contributor to local publications such as the The Monterey County Herald, The Monterey County Weekly, the Porter Gulch Review, featuring her poems & photographs.

Selected Manuscripts

(publication pending)

  • Heart Cracked Wide Open: A collection of poetry dedicated to my father © Marie Boucher, 2017.
  • Cultivating Sustainable, Heart-Centered Community © Marie Boucher, 2017.


  • Women Readers: A Chronicle of women and their relationship to the Book. Book with photos and art reproductions. © Marie Boucher, 2000.