Professional Development for Educators

World Languages Programs

World Languages Programs

Advance your knowledge while bringing valuable strategies and lesson plans back to your classroom.

Engage in a wide array of innovative, active, and content-rich online or hybrid programs that range from comprehensive grammar reviews to the exploration of social justice issues. These courses, designed for teachers K-12, offer professional development points or non-degree graduate credits.

Fall 2019 Courses

Latin American Short Story I

  • GIE538C-A Latin American Short Story I
  • Instructor: Olyan Rosal | 3 non-degree credits 
  • Days/Time: Online 
  • Fall 2019
  • 10/28/2019 - 12/10/2019 
  • 67.5 PDPs | $975
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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. We will take a close look at the work of José María Arguedas, Juan Bosh, Horacio Quiroga, Jorge Luis Borges, Alejo Carpentier, Gabriel García Márquez and Julio Cortázar.

This online guided seminar offers a collaborative environment for teachers to share their own experience and methods for teaching. This course will be conducted entirely in Spanish with occasional reading in English. It has been designed for teachers who wish to continue to develop their 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.


  • GIE538C-B Latin American Short Story I
  • Instructor: Olyan Rosal | no credits
  • Days/Time: Online
  • Fall 2019
  • 10/28/2019 - 12/10/2019 
  • 67.5 PDPs | $645
  • Register Now

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. We will take a close look at the work of José María Arguedas, Juan Bosh, Horacio Quiroga, Jorge Luis Borges, Alejo Carpentier, Gabriel García Márquez and Julio Cortázar.

This online guided seminar offers a collaborative environment for teachers to share their own experience and methods for teaching. This course will be conducted entirely in Spanish with occasional reading in English. It has been designed for teachers who wish to continue to develop their 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.

Social Justice Through Film

  • GIE548C-A Social Justice Through Film
  • Instructor: Olyan Rosal | 3 non-degree credits 
  • Days/Time: Online 
  • Fall 2019
  • 10/28/2019 - 12/10/2019 
  • 67.5 PDPs | $975
  • Register Now

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.


  • GIE548C-B Social Justice Through Film
  • Instructor: Olyan Rosal | no credits
  • Days/Time: Online
  • Fall 2019
  • 10/28/2019 - 12/10/2019 
  • 67.5 PDPs | $645
  • Register Now

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.

 Register Now