Professional Development for Educators

World Languages Programs

World Languages Program

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 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.

Courses offered:

GIE517C Momentos históricos a través de la música (History of Music)

May 21 - June 28, 2018


Music can be a great resource for Spanish teachers. Songs have historical meaning that students have to work to uncover. We will explore why the artist wrote the lyrics, uncover what those lyrics mean, reflect on the audience for the song, and explore the historical era. For additional insight, we will pair the song with other sources, such as videos, radio addresses, newspaper articles, biographies and more. Conducted in Spanish, the course provides the opportunity for sharing teaching strategies for integrating Spanish songs into your own classes. Each week, you will study the online content, complete activities and share teaching strategies for integrating Spanish songs into your own classes. This course requires Internet access and all materials must be posted on the Blackboard course management system (CMS).

Instructor: Mellissia A. Walles

GIE560C Immigration and Identity

May 21 - June 28, 2018


More than federal policies and legal frameworks, immigration can affect a person’s identify in everyday life. This course will explore the conflicts that emerge as a result of the encounters when Latino-American people move to the United States. Through films, literature and art, we’ll examine some Latino-American communities and the social challenges faced by immigrants, including the ways their identities are affected. This online guided seminar offers a collaborative environment for teachers to share their own experience and methods for teaching as well as to continue to develop language skills. It will be conducted entirely in Spanish with occasional reading in English. You will keep a bi-weekly journal, participate in board discussions using Blackboard and develop a lesson plan that incorporates material from the course.

Instructor: Olyan Rosal

GIE536C Puerto Rico and Mexico through Literature

July 9 - August 16, 2018


Learn about the history and culture of Puerto Rico and Mexico by examining the work of writers Rosario Ferré and Elena Poniatowska. You will understand issues related to integrating Spanish literature, history and culture in teaching Spanish as a second language, as well as develop a lesson plan. Conducted entirely in Spanish with occasional readings in English, the course will focus on helping you participants improve your oral and written language skills: interpretive and interpersonal modes of Spanish communication. You will keep a weekly journal, present a book review, participate in discussions using Blackboard Discussion Board and develop a lesson plan that incorporates readings from this course. By the end of the course, students will be able to:

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

Instructor: Olyan Rosal

GIE550C L’Italiano al Cinema: Teaching Italian through Film

May 21 - July 30, 2018

Online or Hybrid; participant’s choice
Hybrid on-campus meeting dates: June 16, July 14, and July 21

Further develop your language skills while studying Italian culture and language through popular Italian movies, such as La vita è bella, Ciao Professore, Pane e tulipani, and 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. You will share your own experiences 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. Participant can combine online studies for some animated films with some Saturdays’ studies for others animated films on this program; doing so according to their own availability.

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

GIE575C  La Francophonie for French Teachers

May 21 - July 1, 2018           

Online or Hybrid – participant’s choice
Hybrid on-campus meeting dates: June 2, 16, 30

Through various materials written by well-known writers, we will analyze the meaning of “French culture” in African and the Middle–East countries belonging to the “francophonie”. The texts and materials selected are exclusively related to ‘la francophonie” and written by known writers. Conducted in French, this course helps you continue to develop your language skills and study French culture and language. Particular emphasis will be on writings, vocabulary building and conversational skills (for those who choose the hybrid format). You will be required to write, express your views and share your own experiences on the topic, since you are part of “la francophonie”. You will also participate in the discussion forum on Blackboard as a way to encourage and promote exchanges and online conversation within our group. 

Instructor: Nathalie Stephan-Wiles

GIE540C Advanced Spanish Grammar

July 9- August 16, 2018

Online course

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. 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 the Blackboard course.