Advance your knowledge while bringing valuable strategies and lesson plans back to your classroom.
Engage in a wide array of innovative, active, and content rich programs that range from comprehensive grammar reviews to the exploration of social justice issues. These courses, designed for teachers K-12, offer professional development points or non-degree graduate credits.
- GIE538C Latin American Short Story
- GIE550C L’Italiano al Cinema: Teaching Italian through Film
- GIE540C Advanced Spanish Grammar
- GIE575C La Francophonie for French Teachers (Hybrid)
- GIE560C Immigration and Identity
- GIE517C Momentos históricos a través de la música (History of Music)
- GIE536C Puerto Rico and Mexico through Literature
Participants will develop knowledge of the history of the Latin-American short story and its literary, historical, and cultural contexts. Participants will read and analyze several short stories to understand the Short story as one of the most significant literary manifestations of the Twentieth Century that represents the literary and cultural traditions. This course will be conducted entirely in Spanish with occasional reading in English. Teacher will focus on helping participants improve their written language skills. Participants will keep a weekly journal, participate in board discussions using Blackboard, and develop a lesson plan that incorporates readings from this course.
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
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.
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
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
Music can be a great resource for Spanish teachers. Songs have historical meaning that students have to work to uncover. We will explore why the artist wrote the lyrics, uncover what those lyrics mean, reflect on the audience for the song, and explore the historical era. For additional insight, we will pair the song with other sources, such as videos, radio addresses, newspaper articles, biographies and more. Conducted in Spanish, the course provides the opportunity for sharing teaching strategies for integrating Spanish songs into your own classes. Each week, you will study the online content, complete activities and share teaching strategies for integrating Spanish songs into your own classes. This course requires Internet access and all materials must be posted on the Blackboard course management system (CMS).
Instructor: Mellissia A. Walles
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:
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-837-3576.