Ferreira, Debora Ribeiro de Sena
Title:
Associate Professor - Languages
Office:
LA003D
Phone:
(801) 863-6919
Fax:
(801) 863-7089
Mail Code:
167
My CV
Last Updated: 9/17/14 -
Professor of Portuguese
Foreign Languages

(for complete CV, click on "My CV" at right, bottom)

PORTUGUESE AT UVU

There are several ways that you can get involved with Portuguese at UVU. Of course, taking Portuguese classes is your first option, and we offer from beginning Portuguese to Advanced Grammar, and Advanced Portuguese for Business, Brazilian Culture (including conversation classes: PORT1015, beginner conversation, and PORT2015, intermediate conversation, both just 1 credit).

In addition to that, you can be a part of the Brazilian club, or simply join UVU Amigos do Brasil on FB to find out what's happening in the area.


FERREIRA'S TEACHING PHILOSOPHY:

I believe that teaching is a serious business, and that learning is better when it is fun. That means that I study and research ways to make learning an enjoyable experience for/with my students. In class I use different techniques, such as conversations in groups or in pairs, listening to music and watching video, as well as traditional explanations and grammar teaching. I try to provide students with actual experiences, be it through use of the web or by bringing native speakers as guests to our classes. In order to learn a language, it is essential that one uses that language. Students are encouraged to explore other opportunities available in our campus and community, such as the Brazilian Club, visit with our tutors in the Language Lab, converse with one of the many Portuguese speakers on campus, or go to a Brazilian event or restaurant.

EDUCATION:

PhD in Romance Languages from The University of Georgia, 1999

MA in Romance Languages from The University of Georgia, 1994

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS:

Coordinator of UVU's Portuguese Program;

Coordinator of Celpe-Bras, Brazilian Portuguese Proficiency Exam;

Member of the Steering Committee for Utah's Portuguese Immersion Schools;

Faculty Advisor for the Brazilian Club 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS I AM ASSOCIATED WITH:

American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP)

Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA)

Modern Language Association (MLA)

PUBLICATIONS:

Books:

Pilares Narrativos: uma análise da construção literária da nação na obra de oito romancistas brasileiras. Florianópolis: Editoras Mulheres, 2004.

Business Portuguese Textbook.  Manuscript being piloted at Utah Valley University.

Articles:

“Na obra de Carolina Maria de Jesus, um Brasil esquecido.”  Luso-Brazilian Review.  39.1 (2002):103-120.

“Carolina Maria de Jesus and Clarice Lispector: Constructing Brazil and Brasileiras.”  Torre de Papel. 9.2-3 (2001): 57-70.

“O Imaginário Nacionalístico na Obra de Clarice Lispector.”  Romance Languages Annual IX (1998): 472-73.

Reviews:

Ferreira-Pinto, Cristina.  Urban Voices: Contemporary Short Stories from Brazil.  In press, Brasil-Brazil.

Oliveira, Solange and Judith Still. Brazilian Feminisms. Luso-Brazilian Review.  38.1 (2001): 144-45.

Saramago, José.  In Nomine Dei. Hispania 81, March 1999: 12-13.