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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.

Registration: Register online via a secure online registration form. 

  • GIE539C Les Dessins Animes- Cartoons to Teach French

Course Dates:  February 25- May 12, 2017

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 French films. The films selected will be popular French cartoons or dessins animés. 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, there will be 3 Saturdays taught on campus: Saturday March 4, April 1 and May 6 on campus in Sullivan 201.

: Sylvie Pressman, World Languages & Cultures

  • GIE540C Advanced Spanish Grammar for K-12 Educators

Course Dates:  February 13- March 31, 2017    

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. 

 Mellissia A. Walles, Adjunct Lecturer, World Languages and Cultures

  • GIE538C Latin American Short Story

Course Dates: March 6- May 12, 2017

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 

: Olyan Rosal, Adjunct Lecturer, World Languages and Cultures


Tuition and Payment Information 


$900 – 3 non degree Graduate Credits & PDPs
$575 – 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. 

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

Payment 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 convenience fee.

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.