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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
  • GIE538C Latin American Short Story
  • GIE548C Social Justice through Film: Exploitation, Corruption, and Oppression throughout Latin-American History

  • January 22nd- April 2nd
    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.


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

  • February 5th- May 10th
    Online or Hybrid; participant’s choice

Course Description: This course can be taken as an online course only or as a hybrid course, according to the participants’ choice. It is designed for teachers who wish to continue to develop their language skills and study French culture and language through Italian films. The films selected will be popular Italian movies (such as La vita è bella, Ciao Professore, Pane e tulipani, 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.  Teachers will also share their own experience 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.


**Optional: For teachers who prefer a traditional format rather than an online format, there will be 3 Saturdays taught on campus: March 3rd, April 7th, May 5th.  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.

  • GIE540C Advanced Spanish Grammar

  • February 12th- March 19th

    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.

  •  GIE538C Latin American Short Story

  • March 5th- May 7th
    Online course

Course Description: 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

Tuition and Payment Information


$945 – 3 non degree graduate credits and 67.5 PDPs

$625- 67.5 PDPs only

Credits/PDPs: Three (3) non-degree graduate credits from Merrimack College through affiliation with the Division of Graduate Education which can be converted to 67.5 PDPs. 

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.