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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.

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 non-degree graduate credits.

Courses offered:

  • GIE548C Social Justice through Film
  • GIE550C L’italiano Al Cinema
  • GIE540C Advanced Spanish Grammar
  • GIE516C Childhood in French Cinema
  • GIE538C Latin American Short Story
  • GIE548C Social Justice through Film: Exploitation, Corruption, and Oppression throughout Latin-American History

  • January 22- April 2, 2018
    Online course

Course Description: In order to explore issues relating to social justice, participants will be exposed to a selection of movies and readings in order to examine the social and political challenges faced by Latin America countries throughout history, such as the oppression of indigenous, corruption, political instability, and military dictatorship.  Participants will engage in discussions about the different problems brought to light by the movies and analyze these issues in a broader context. It will be conducted entirely in Spanish with occasional reading in English. Participants will be required to keep a journal throughout the course, actively participate in broad discussions using Blackboard, complete a film review, create and share classroom activities and develop a lesson plan incorporating readings and films from the course. The course offers a collaborative environment for teachers to share their own experience and methods for teaching. This online guided course has been designed for teachers who wish to continue to develop their language skills and study Latino-American culture and language. Participants will be required to watch online movies. Some films can be rented through streaming services such as YouTube or through subscription to Amazon, Netflix, or another similar streaming subscription service. Readings will be provided by the instructor.


  • GIE540C Advanced Spanish Grammar

  • TBD, Summer 2018

    Online course

Course Description: Using explanatory text and practical exercises, this independent study course 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 course offers a collaborative environment to share tips and best practices on how to teach these difficult concepts. This online, guided independent study course is delivered in six assignment packages which must be turned in on a weekly basis. Each week, participants will complete the grammar activities from the textbook, Gramática para la composición; segunda edición (Whitely and González), complete online practice activities that are posted to the Blackboard Course Management System, and share teaching strategies for teaching and integrating Spanish grammar into their own classes. This course requires Internet access, and all materials must be posted on the Blackboard course.

  • GIE550C L’Italiano al Cinema: Teaching Italian through Film

  • ​May 21- July 30, 2018
    Online or Hybrid; participant’s choice
    Hybrid on-campus meeting dates: June 16, July 14, and July 21

Further develop your language skills while studying Italian culture and language through popular Italian movies, such as La vita è bella, Ciao Professore, Pane e tulipani, and Il Postino. Emphasis will be on vocabulary building, improving conversational and writing skills, comprehension, film analysis, as well as discussions on cultural events of the films’ contexts. You will share your own experiences and methods for teaching Italian through such films. This course requires Internet access, and all materials and discussions will be posted and shared using Blackboard. Participant can combine online studies for some animated films with some Saturdays’ studies for others animated films on this program; doing so according to their own availability.

Instructor: Dr. Cinzia DiGiulio, Associate Professor, World Language and Cultural Studies



  • GIE575C  La Francophonie for French Teachers (Hybrid)

    May 21- July 1, 2018           

    Online or Hybrid – participant’s choice

    Hybrid on-campus meeting dates: June 2, 16, 30

Through various materials written by well-known writers, we will analyze the meaning of “French culture” in African and the Middle–East countries belonging to the “francophonie”. The texts and materials selected are exclusively related to ‘la francophonie” and written by known writers. Conducted in French, this course helps you continue to develop your language skills and study French culture and language. Particular emphasis will be on writings, vocabulary building and conversational skills (for those who choose the hybrid format). You will be required to write, express your views and share your own experiences on the topic, since you are part of “la francophonie”. You will also participate in the discussion forum on Blackboard as a way to encourage and promote exchanges and online conversation within our group. 

Instructor: Nathalie Stephan-Wiles


  • GIE560C Immigration and Identity               

    May 21 - June 28, 2018

More than federal policies and legal frameworks, immigration can affect a person’s identify in everyday life. This course will explore the conflicts that emerge as a result of the encounters when Latino-American people move to the United States. Through films, literature and art, we’ll examine some Latino-American communities and the social challenges faced by immigrants, including the ways their identities are affected. This online guided seminar offers a collaborative environment for teachers to share their own experience and methods for teaching as well as to continue to develop language skills. It will be conducted entirely in Spanish with occasional reading in English. You will keep a bi-weekly journal, participate in board discussions using Blackboard and develop a lesson plan that incorporates material from the course.


Instructor: Olyan Rosal

  • GIE536C Puerto Rico and Mexico through Literature            

    May 21- August 16, 2018

Learn about the history and culture of Puerto Rico and Mexico by examining the work of writers Rosario Ferré and Elena Poniatowska. You will understand issues related to integrating Spanish literature, history and culture in teaching Spanish as a second language, as well as develop a lesson plan. Conducted entirely in Spanish with occasional readings in English, the course will focus on helping you participants improve your oral and written language skills: interpretive and interpersonal modes of Spanish communication. You will keep a weekly journal, present a book review, participate in discussions using Blackboard Discussion Board and develop a lesson plan that incorporates readings from this course. By the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. Understand issues related to integrating Spanish literature, history and culture in teaching Spanish as a second language.
2. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of several seminal Spanish literary texts, films, art and the social and intellectual circumstances under which they were originally produced.
3. Develop a complete lesson plan related to the topic of this course.
4. Share personal and professional opinions on the use of literature, culture and history in the Spanish classroom. 

Instructor: Olyan Rosal


Tuition and Payment Information


$945 – 3 non degree graduate credits and 67.5 PDPs

$625- 67.5 PDPs only

Credits/PDPs: Earn 67.5 PDPs or three non-degree graduate credits from Merrimack College through affiliation with the Division of Graduate Education.

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. 

Payment by check may be mailed to 

Merrimack College
Bursar’s Office
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 you will need to know your student ID to pay online. 

Withdrawals and Refund Policy

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


For more information, please contact Stephanie Sullivan, Office of Graduate and Professional Studies, at or 978-837-3576.