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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
  • Short Films for French Secondary Teachers
  • L’italiano al cinema: Teaching Italian through Film
  • Span: From the Second Republic to Francoist Repression
  • Popular Films for French Secondary Teachers
  • Puerto Rico & Mexico through Literature
  • GIE540C Advanced Spanish Grammar for K-12 Educators

  • Course Dates: June 26- August 5, 2017 (Online course)

  • Course is full (If you’d like to be added to the wait list please e-mail professionalstudies@merrimack.edu)

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.

 

Instructor: Mellissia Walles, Adjunct Lecturer, Office of Professional Studies

  • GIE570C Short Films for French Secondary Teachers

  • Course Dates: June 26, 27, 28, and 29 from 9:00am-4:00pm 

  • Course Location: Sullivan Hall 201

Course Description: In this four day immersion course, participants will sharpen their language skills and expand their vocabulary. Activities and drills will allow participants to reinforce their oral communication. Selected short films will be used to illustrate French culture and stimulate class discussions. Using the content of this workshop, teachers will be guided to create drills simplifying grammar rules for their students and develop lesson plans from the beginner to the advanced levels. 

 

Instructors: Nathalie Stephan-Wiles, Adjunct Lecturer, World Languages and Cultures

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

  • Course Dates: June 28 - July 18, 2017 (Online)

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 Italian 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.

 

Instructor: Dr. Cinzia DiGiulio, Associate Professor, World Language and Cultures

  • GIE544C Spain: From the Second Republic to Francoist Repression

  • Course Dates: June 28- July 18, 2017 (Online)

Course Description: Delve into the Spanish Civil War while developing a lesson plan incorporating readings and films from this course. We’ll discuss factors that caused the Spanish Civil War, identify the factions involved in the conflict and more. Understand the Franco political system, the official censure and its impact on Spanish culture. Conducted in Spanish with occasional reading in English, the course will strengthen your oral and written language skills. You will also keep a weekly journal, participate in board discussions using Blackboard and develop a lesson plan that incorporates readings and films from this course.

 

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

  • GIE517C Popular Films for French Secondary Teachers

  • Course Dates: July 10- August 18, 2017 (Online or Hybrid; participants 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, there will be 3 Saturdays taught on campus: July 15, 29 and August 12. 

 

Instructor: Sylvie Pressman, Associate Professor, World Languages and Cultures

  • GIE536C Puerto Rico & Mexico through Literature

  • Course Dates: June 19 - August 18, 2017  (Online)

Course Description: Learn about the history and culture of Puerto Rico and Mexico by examining the work of writers Rosario Ferré and Elena Poniatowska. Conducted entirely in Spanish with occasional readings in English, this course focuses on helping you improve your oral and written language skills: interpretive and interpersonal modes of Spanish communication. You will keep a weekly journal, present a book review, and participate in discussions using Blackboard Discussion Board. By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Understand issues related to integrating Spanish literature, history and culture in teaching Spanish as a second language.
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of several seminal Spanish literary texts, films, art and the social and intellectual circumstances under which they were originally produced.
  • Develop a complete lesson plan related to the topic of this course.                                                                    
  • Share personal and professional opinions on the use of literature, culture and history in the Spanish classroom.

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

 

 


 

Tuition and Payment Information 

 
 
Tuition

$900 – 3 non degree graduate credits

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

Contact

For more information, please contact Stephanie Sullivan, Office of Graduate and Professional Studies, at sullivans@merrimack.edu or 978-837-3576.