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May 30, 2024

MINTS Workshop: Using Songs to Support Communication Skills of Young Multi-Language Learners

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Crowe Hall 126

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The Merrimack Institute for New Teacher Support (MINTS)

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Rachel AgharaThank you for your interest in attending our upcoming free workshop “Using Songs to Support Communication Skills of Young Multi-Language Learners.”

  • Time: Thursday, May 30, 2024 from 4:30-6 p.m.
  • Location: Crowe Hall 126 (315 Turnpike Street, North Andover, MA 01845).
  • Host: Rachel Aghara, Ph.D., CCC-SLP.
  • Credits: Certificates of participation (1.5 hours) and ASHA CEUs (0.15) will be provided upon request. There will be no partial credit.

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Full Workshop Description

The features of both music and language – such as timing, rhythm, and stress – can support the acquisition of communication skills in multiple languages. In this course, participants will learn about musical and linguistic theory and practice strategies that can be implemented by both monolingual and multilingual professionals to support communication skills across multiple languages in young learners.

Intended audience

Educational and healthcare professionals working with young language learners who speak any language. This course was registered with ASHA CE under the subject DEI and will appear on learners’ CE transcripts as such.

Learner Outcomes

Learners will be able to:

  1. Describe learning processes related to musical and linguistic phenomena.
  2. Produce gestures, sounds and words in songs across multiple languages.
  3. List linguistic features that influence how humans learn specific languages.

Time Ordered Agenda

  • 4:30-4:35 p.m. – Introduction and overview
  • 4:35-4:55 p.m. – Theories and concepts in music and language
  • 4:55-5:15 p.m. – Learning strategies within and across languages
  • 5:15-5:45 p.m. – Putting the theory into practice
  • 5:45-6 p.m. – Conclusions and questions
Merrimack College invites participants to stay in the presentation room for networking and socializing until 6:30 p.m.


In order to complete this course, learners are expected to:
  • Attend the workshop from start to finish (signing in and signing out)
  • Complete a self-assessment evaluation and submit it by Monday, June 3, at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Full Presenter Biography

Dr. Aghara has had professional experiences as a speech-language pathologist including nearly 30 years of work in educational, medical, clinical, and research settings specializing in services to linguistically and culturally diverse populations. She has practiced and lived in New York, Texas, Virginia, Massachusetts, Bolivia, El Salvador, and India. Dr. Aghara has been part of teaching and research teams at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston, the University of Houston, and she is now at Merrimack College. She currently serves on the Massachusetts Speech-Language Hearing Association Executive Board.

Financial Disclosure:
Dr. Aghara receives a salary as an employee of the Merrimack College. She is the coordinator for Speech, Language and Learning activities at Merrimack College. Dr. Aghara is receiving a speaking fee for this presentation.

Non-Financial Disclosure:
Dr. Aghara has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


This workshop is free and open to Merrimack College students, alumni, and the public.


Certificates of participation (1.5 hours) and ASHA CEUs (0.15) will be provided.


Please register now to secure your spot and receive reminder emails with campus logistics.


Funding for this workshop is provided by the Winston family as part of the MINTS endowment.

More Info

To view our attendance, accommodation, cancellation, and complaint policies, please view our Official Guide for the Merrimack Institute for New Teacher Support (MINTS). For any questions or concerns, please contact the MINTS email at