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Office of 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.

Registration: For your convenience, you may register online via a secure online registration form. 

**Program Offerings Fall 2016**


GIE517C Momentos Históricos a Través de la Música 


GIE539C Les Dessins Animés - Cartoons to teach French 


GIE536C Puerto Rico and Mexico through Literature


GIE517C Momentos históricos a través de la música 

(Guided Online Independent Study; 6-week course)

Course Dates:  October 3- November 7               

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 we will explore why the artist wrote the lyrics, uncover what those lyrics mean, reflect on the audience for the song, 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 you 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). Conducted in Spanish. 

Instructor: Mellissia Walles, Adjunct Lecturer, World Languages and Cultures

GIE539C Les Dessins Animes- Cartoons to teach French

Course Dates:  October 3- December 16         

Course Description: This course can be taken as an online only course 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: October 8, November 5, and December 3, on campus in Sullivan 201.

Instructors: Sylvie Pressman and Nathalie Wiles, World Languages and Cultures


GIE536C Puerto Rico & Mexico through Literature

(Guided Online Independent Study; 10-week course)

Course Dates: October 13- December 16

Course Description: Participants will develop knowledge of Puerto Rico and Mexico history and culture by examining the work of the writer Rosario Ferré. This course will be conducted entirely in Spanish with occasional reading in English. Teacher will focus on help participants improve their oral and written language skills: interpretive and interpersonal modes, of Spanish communication.

Participants will keep a weekly journal, present a book review, participate in board discussions using Blackboard and develop a lesson plan that incorporates readings from this course. 

Instructor: Olyan Rosal, Adjunct Lecturer, World Languages and Cultures

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.