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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 Spring 2016**

GIE536C Puerto Rico and Mexico through Literature CLOSED

 GIE539C Les Dessins Animés - Cartoons to Teach French  CLOSED

GIE544CSpain: From the Second Republic to Francoist repression

GIE517C Momentos históricos a través de la música

GIE540C Advanced Spanish Grammar for K-12 Educators

 

GIE536C Puerto Rico and Mexico through Literature

(Online 10 week course)

Course Dates:  February 1 - April 8           THIS PROGRAM IS NOW CLOSED.

Course Description: Participants will develop knowledge of Puerto Rico and Mexico history and culture by examining the work of the writer Rosario Ferré. Conducted entirely in Spanish with occasional reading in English, this course will help participants improve their oral and written language skills - both 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


GIE539C Les Dessins Animés - Cartoons to Teach French 

(Online)

Course Dates: February 1 - May 16, 2016      THIS PROGRAM IS NOW CLOSED.

Course Description: This course is an online course or a hybrid course 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, such as the 2015 new film of Le Petit Prince.  Emphasis will be on vocabulary building, improving conversational and writing skills, comprehension, film analysis, as well as discussions of cultural events of the films’ contexts.

**Optional : for teachers who prefer a hybrid format, there will be 3 Saturdays taught on campus: March 19, April 9 and May 7

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

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GIE544C Spain: From the Second Republic to Francoist repression

(Online 10 week course)

Course Dates:  March 7 - May 13                         

Course Description: Participants will be able to comprehend the factors that caused the Spanish Civil War, identify the factions involved in the conflict, break down in stages and outline the development of the war. Participant will examine Franco political system, the official censure and its impact in Spanish culture. This course will be conducted entirely in Spanish with occasional reading in English. Focus will be on helping participants improve their oral and written language skills - interpretive and interpersonal modes - of Spanish communication. Participants will 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

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. 

Tuition:
$875 – 3 non degree Graduate Credits & PDPs
$550 – PDPs only

GIE517C Momentos históricos a través de la música 

(Guided Online Independent Study; 6-week course)

Course Dates:  February 29 - April 15

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

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. 

Tuition
$875 – 3 non degree Graduate Credits & PDPs
$550 – PDPs only

GIE540C Advanced Spanish Grammar for K-12 Educators

(Guided Online Independent Study; 6-week course)

Course Dates: April 4 - May 13, 2016

Course Description: Using explanatory text and practical exercises, this independent study seminar 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 seminar offers a collaborative environment to share tips and best practices on how to teach these difficult concepts. It focuses on challenging grammar areas, such as:

  • pronouns and their uses
  • distinctions between ser/estar and preterite/imperfect
  • intricacies of relative clauses and relative pronouns
  • comparative constructions
  • adjective position and word order
  • reflexives and se constructions
  • imperative and subjunctive usag
  • neuter pronouns
  • gerunds and participles
  • impersonal constructions
  • prepositional usage

This online, guided independent study seminar is delivered in six assignment packages which must be turned in on a weekly basis. Each week, participants will study the text, complete the online grammar practice activities and share teaching strategies for teaching and integrating Spanish grammar into their own classes. This seminar 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

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.

Tuition
$875 – 3 non degree Graduate Credits & PDPs
$550 – PDPs only

Participants may opt to take this seminar for 67.5 Professional Development Points only. 


Payment Information 

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 

*Note: payment should be made before the start of the first class to ensure enrollment and receipt of PDPs.

If you are paying 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 3% 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

 

Contact

For more information, please contact Stephanie Sullivan, Office of Graduate and Professional Studies, at sullivans@merrimack.edu or 978-837-3563.