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World Languages Program for Teachers

Known for its active learning pedagogy, Merrimack College provides the opportunity for teachers to engage in seminars and courses that range from practical application to powerful inquiry.

Merrimack offers a wide array of innovative, active and content-rich programs for teachers in public, private and religious schools, K-12. The College awards Massachusetts PDPs and non-degree graduate credits.

Registration: For your convenience, you may register online via a secure online registration form.

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 **Program Offerings Spring 2015**

 

GIE517C Momentos históricos a través de la música 

GIE540C Advanced Spanish Grammar for K-12 Educators

GIE541C Mexican Culture Yesterday and Today

 

GIE517C Momentos históricos a través de la música 

(Guided Online Independent Study; 6 week course)

Course Dates: January 20- March 3

Course Description

Music can be a great resource for Spanish teachers. Songs have historical meaning that students have to work to uncover and often reflects the time in which it was created, as well as the perspective of its author.  In this course we will explore why the artist wrote the lyrics, uncover what those lyrics mean, who the audience for the song was, and what was going on history at the time. We will pair the song with other sources—newspaper articles, radio addresses, videos, biographies, etc. — so your can piece together and better understand a particular historical era. Each week, participants will study the online content, complete activities and share teaching strategies for integrating Spanish songs into their own classes. This course requires Internet access and all materials must be posted on the Blackboard course management system (CMS). Conducted in Spanish. 

Instructor: Mellissia Walles, Adjunct Lecturer, World Languages and Cultures

Credits/ PDPs: Three (3) non-degree Graduate credits from Merrimack College through affiliation with the Division of Graduate Education. Each graduate seminar also earns 67.5 PDPs.

Participants may opt to take this seminar for 67.5 Professional Development Points only. 

Tuition:
$850 – 3 non degree Graduate Credits & PDPs
$525 – PDPs only

                                                                                                                                                                                  

GIE540C Advanced Spanish Grammar for K-12 Educators

(Guided Online Independent Study; 6 week course)

Course Dates: January 26- March 9

Course Description

Using explanatory text and practical exercises, this independent study seminar provides a comprehensive review of Spanish grammar, targeting problem areas of grammar for many advanced learners. Designed for students preparing for licensure exams, teachers preparing to teach advanced levels, as well as native speakers of Spanish charged with teaching advanced grammar concepts.  The seminar offers a collaborative environment to share tips and best practices on how to teach these difficult concepts. It focuses on challenging grammar areas, such as:

  • pronouns and their uses
  • distinctions between ser/estar and preterite/imperfect
  • intricacies of relative clauses and relative pronouns
  • comparative constructions
  • adjective position and word order
  • reflexives and se constructions
  • imperative and subjunctive usage
  • neuter pronouns
  • gerunds and participles
  • impersonal constructions
  • prepositional usage

This online, guided independent study seminar is delivered in six assignment packages which must be turned in on a weekly basis. Each week, participants will study the text, complete the online grammar practice activities and share teaching strategies for teaching and integrating Spanish grammar into their own classes. This seminar requires Internet access and all materials must be posted on the Blackboard course management system (CMS). Conducted in Spanish. 

Instructor: Mellissia Walles, Adjunct Lecturer, World Languages and Cultures

Credits/ PDPs: Three (3) non-degree Graduate credits from Merrimack College through affiliation with the Division of Graduate Education. Each graduate seminar also earns 67.5 PDPs.

Participants may opt to take this seminar for 67.5 Professional Development Points only. 

Tuition:
$850 – 3 non degree Graduate Credits & PDPs
$525 – PDPs only


 

GIE541C Mexican Culture Yesterday and Today

(Hybrid with three face-to-face meetings)

Course Dates: February 21- April 17

Location: Sullivan Hall 201

Saturday 2/28/15: 8:30-4:30 (1pm tour of Taza Chocolate Factory in Somerville, MA)

Saturday 3/28/15: 8:30-4:30

Saturday 4/11/15: 8:30-4:30

Roots of Mexican culture can be traced back to the Conquest, when Spain transplanted its language, religion, and political tradition, and also in the pre-Columbian civilizations of Mesoamerica. Contact between European and indigenous elements forced an amalgamation of races, ideas, and cultures which is apparent in Mexican society today. This course provides an overview of Mexican culture to help foster an appreciation of the current demographic frameworks and the quality of relationships between the USA and Mexico. Each month, participants will study the online content, complete activities and share teaching strategies for integrating content into their own classes. This course requires Internet access and all materials must be posted on the Blackboard course management system (CMS). Conducted in Spanish.

Instructors: 
Lynn McGovern, Professor of Spanish, World Language and Cultures
Mellissia Walles, Adjunct Lecturer, World Languages and Cultures 

Credits/ PDPs: Three (3) non-degree Graduate credits from Merrimack College through affiliation with the Division of Graduate Education. Each graduate seminar also earns 67.5 PDPs.

Participants may opt to take this seminar for 67.5 Professional Development Points only. 

Tuition:
$850 – 3 non degree Graduate Credits & PDPs
$525 – PDPs only                                                                                                                                                                   

Payment Information 

The Bursar’s Office is open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Instructors are not able to accept payment from students the day of the course. The Bursar’s Office is not open on Saturdays.  Be sure to make alternate arrangements if you plan to pay in person.

Payment by check may be mailed to 

Merrimack College
Bursar’s Office
315 Turnpike Street, North Andover, MA 01845 

*Note: payment should be made before the start of the first class to ensure enrollment and receipt of PDPs.

If you are paying in person with a check or cash 
Payments by cash will be accepted at the Bursar’s Office, Austin Hall, Room 12, 315 Turnpike Street, North Andover, MA 01845.

*Note: please make checks payable to Merrimack College

When registering for the course, you will have the option of paying via credit card.  Please note a 3% fee.

Withdrawals and Refund Policy


A student is entitled to a refund of tuition according to the following schedule:
Withdrawals received by end of day Friday on first week of term Full Refund
Withdrawals received in the second week of the term  50% Refund
Withdrawals received after the second week of the term  No Refund

 

For more information about the World Language Program please contact Stephanie Sullivan, Office of Graduate and Professional Studies at sullivans@merrimack.edu or 978-837-3563