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 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.

Spring 2020 Courses

Spain from the Second Republic to Francoist Repression

  • GIE544C-A Spain from the Second Republic to Francoist Repression 
  • Instructor: Olyan Rosal | 3 non-degree credits 
  • Days/Time: Online 
  • Spring 2020
  • 3/16/2020 - 5/8/2020
  • $975 – 3 non-degree graduate credits and 67.5 PDPs
  • $645 – 67.5 PDPs only
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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. Participants 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. The teacher will focus 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.

Summer 2020 Courses

Social Justice Through Film

  • GIE548C - A-Social Justice Through Film
  • 3 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online
  • Summer II
  • Instructor: Wanda Ocasio-Rivera
  • 7/6/2020 - 8/14/2020
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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.

Mexico through Literature

  • GIE536C - A -Mexico Through Literature
  • 3 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online
  • Summer I
  • Instructor: Olyan Rosal
  • 5/18/2020 - 6/26/2020
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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.