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Professional Studies

World Languages Programs for Teachers

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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.

Register online via our secure online registration form. 

Courses offered:

  • Advanced Spanish Grammar for K-12 Educators
  • Animated Films for French Teachers
  • Social Justice through Film (Spanish)
  • History of Music (Spanish)
  • GIE540C Advanced Spanish Grammar for K-12 Educators

  • September 25- November 3, 2017
    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. It focuses on challenging grammar areas. 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 Blackboard. 


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

  • October 9 - December 15, 2017 

    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.


  • GIE571C Animated Films for French Teachers
    (formally Popular Films for French Teachers)

  • October 1 - December 19, 2017
    Online or Hybrid; participant’s choice

Course Description: This course conducted in French 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 French films. The films selected will be popular French films and or cartoons.  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 French through such films.


**Optional: For teachers who prefer a traditional format rather than an online format, there will be 3 Saturdays taught on campus: October 21, November 18 and December 16, 2017.  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.

  • GIE517C History of Music

  • October 30 - December 8, 2017
    Online course

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, conducted in Spanish, 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). 




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.