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.

Summer 2019 Courses 

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GIE517C-A History Through Music

  • GIE517C-A History Through Music
  • Instructor: Yanitzia Canetti | Online
  • Days/Week: N/A

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, who the audience for the song was, 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). Limit 18 students per session. Conducted in Spanish.

GIE540C-C Advanced Spanish Grammar K-12

  • GIE540C-C Advanced Spanish Grammar K-12
  • Instructor: Wanda Ocasio-Rivera | Online
  • Days/Week: N/A

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 usage
  • 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). Limit 18 students per session. Conducted in Spanish.

GIE560C-A Immigration and Identity

  • GIE560C-A Immigration and Identity 
  • Instructor: Olyan Rosal | Online
  • Days/Week: N/A

Immigration is more than federal policies and legal frameworks. Being an immigrant affects people’s identity in their everyday lives. This course will explore the conflicts that emerge as a result of the encounters when Latino-American people move to the United States.  We will get a close look at some Latino-American communities throughout literature, films, and art to examine the social challenges faced by immigrants and the ways their identity is affected. This online guided seminar offers a collaborative environment for teachers to share their own experience and methods for teaching. It has been designed for teachers who wish to continue to develop their language skills. It will be conducted entirely in Spanish with occasional reading in English. Students will keep a bi-weekly journal, participate in board discussions using Blackboard and develop a lesson plan that incorporates material from the course.

GIE575C-A La Francophonie 1, Aperçu du monde francophone de l’Afrique et du Moyen-Orient

  • GIE575C-A La Francophonie 1, Aperçu du monde francophone de l’Afrique et du Moyen-Orient
  • Instructor: Nathalie Stephan Wiles | Online
  • Days/Week: N/A

This course conducted in French is designed for teachers who wish to continue to develop their language skills and study French culture and language through various materials in French. Emphasis will be particularly on writings, vocabulary building, and conversational skills (for those in face to face courses). We will analyze the meaning of “French culture” in African and Middle Eastern countries belonging to the “francophonie.” The texts and materials selected are exclusively related to “la francophonie” and written by known writers Participants will be required to write, express their views, and share their own experiences on the topic, since they are part of “la francophonie” themselves. Students will also be asked to participate in the discussion forum on Blackboard as a way to encourage and promote exchanges and online conversation within the group.

The class is primarily offered online, with an in-person option available. Students may combine online and in-person participation.