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Office of Professional Studies

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.

imageMerrimack 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.

 Program Offerings Fall 2014

  • Advanced Spanish Grammar for K-12 Educators
  • Latin American Short Story
  • Fill Your Heart; Inspiration, Passion, and Revelation through Hispanic Literature and Film then and now 
  • Maximizing Cultural Competency through Educational Travel to Spain

 

GIE540C Advanced Spanish Grammar for K-12 Educators

(Guided Online Independent Study; 6 week course)

Course Dates: (Please select one)
Session 1: September 15- October 31
Session 2: November 3- December 12
 
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). Limit 18 students per session. 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

                                                                                                                                                                                  

GIE566C Fill Your Heart; Inspiration, Passion, and Revelation through Hispanic Literature and Film then and now

(Hybrid Course)

 

A syllabus and all course reading assignments and a list of videos will be posted on the Blackboard Website for viewing (through Netflix, Amazon, Streaming, downloading or, in some cases, through distribution by instructor) before class meetings. Participants will also have the opportunity to develop inspiring lessons and materials that incorporate the films and readings from this course.

Course Dates:

Saturday, October 4, 2014                  8:30am-4:30pm

Saturday, October 25, 2014                8:30am-4:30pm

Saturday, December 6, 2014              8:30am-4:30pm

Course Description:

Participants will collaboratively examine the works of Isabel Allende, Juan Rulfo, Jorge Luis Borges, Federico García Lorca, and Julio Cortázar in addition to related films,including La historia oficialLa misma lunaDiarios de motocicletaEl surLa casa de Bernarda Alba, and Death in Granada. Through an exploration of these texts and films from the Spanish-speaking world, teachers will develop their knowledge of several Hispanic cultures and improve their oral and written language skills. This course will be conducted primarily in Spanish, with occasional reading in English, and focus on improving both interpretive and interpersonal modes of Spanish communication. All course readings and a list of videos will be posted on the Blackboard Website for viewing and downloading. Participants will also have the opportunity to develop inspiring lessons and materials that incorporate the films and readings from this course.

Instructor: 

Lynn McGovern, PhD. Professor of Spanish, 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

                                                                                                                                                                                  

GIE580C Maximizing Cultural Competency through Educational Travel to Spain

(Short term study abroad course design)
 
Course Dates: (Online Content)
October 6- December 5, 2014

 

Travel Dates: (Educational travel to Barcelona, Spain)
November 7- November 11, 2014

 

Course Description:

Through guided excursions and museum tours, participants will examine historical, architectural, and cultural differences between the United States and one of the most prominent regions of Spain; Barcelona.  Through online pre-departure and re-entry activities and in collaboration with colleagues, teachers will learn about and experience one of the most unique cultural centers of Europe. 

All participants will learn how to effectively develop educational travel curricula for implementation in local classrooms and communities.  This will provide opportunities to improve cultural awareness, and effective teaching methods and pedagogy.  Given the online course content and travel components, it is open to teachers throughout the United States.  

Instructors:

Lynn McGovern, PhD. Professor of Spanish, World Languages and Cultures

Mellissia Walles, Adjunct Lecturer, World Languages and Cultures

Price:

Travel portion $2,139 per person

Choose one of the following

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

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. 

***Deadline to register has been extended until September 1, 2014. 


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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 978-837-3563