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Office of Professional Studies

World Languages Program for Teachers

Known for its active learning pedagogy, Merrimack College provides the opportunity for teachers to engage in seminars and courses that range from practical application to powerful inquiry.

Merrimack offers a wide array of innovative, active and content-rich programs for teachers in public, private and religious schools, K-12. The College awards Massachusetts PDPs and non-degree graduate credits.

Registration: For your convenience, you may register online via a secure online registration form.

Program Offerings
Summer 2014
 

  • Puerto Rico and Mexico through Literature
  • Advanced Spanish Grammar for K-12 Educators
  • Actualities Francaises

 

GIE536C Puerto Rico and Mexico through Literature (online)

 

Course Dates: July 8 – August 16, 2014
 

Participants will develop knowledge of the history and culture of Puerto Rico and Mexico by examining the work of the writers Rosario Ferre and Elena Poniatowska. This course will be conducted entirely in Spanish with occasional reading in English. 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, present a book review, participate in board discussions using Blackboard and develop a lesson plan that incorporates readings from this course.

Instructor:
Olyan Rosal
Adjunct Lecturer, World Languages and Cultures

Credits/ PDPs: Three (3) non-degree Graduate credits from Merrimack College through affiliation with the Division of Graduate Education. Each graduate seminar also earns 67.5 PDPs. Participants may opt to take this seminar for 67.5 Professional Development Points only. 

Tuition:
$835 – 3 non degree Graduate Credits & PDPs
$500 – PDPs only
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GIE540 Advanced Spanish Grammar for K-12 Educators

(Guided online Independent Study)

Course Dates: (choose one)
 
Session 1:    May 19- June 27, 2014
Session 2:   July 7- August 15, 2014
 

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. 

Instructor:
Mellissia Walles, M.Ed.
Adjunct Professor, Graduate and Professional Education

Credits/ PDPs: Three (3) non-degree Graduate credits from Merrimack College through affiliation with the Division of Graduate Education. Each graduate seminar also earns 67.5 PDPs.

Participants may opt to take this seminar for 67.5 Professional Development Points only. 


 

GIE537 Actualités Françaises

Course Dates: June 27th – July 2nd

Time: 9:00 am- 4:00 pm

Location: Merrimack College, Sullivan 201

This French Immersion seminar is designed to acquaint participants with current events in France, Europe and the French-speaking world, as well as to provide the necessary background in political, social and cultural structures to enable participants to discuss the impact of events in a well-informed manner.  We will use Internet, TV programs such as “Envoyé Spécial”, recent magazines, documentaries and short films.  Activities and drills will allow participants to reinforce their grammar skills and oral communication. They will also be provided with Internet resources useful to the teaching of French.

Instructor: Sylvie Pressman, Associate Professor, World Languages and Cultures

Credits/ PDPs: Three (3) non-degree Graduate credits from Merrimack College through affiliation with the Division of Graduate Education. Each graduate seminar also earns 67.5 PDPs.

Participants may opt to take this seminar for 67.5 Professional Development Points only. 

Tuition

$835 – 3 non degree Graduate Credits & PDPs
$500 – PDPs only

Payment Information 

The Bursar’s Office is open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Instructors are not able to accept payment from students the day of the course. The Bursar’s Office is not open on Saturdays.  Be sure to make alternate arrangements if you plan to pay in person.

Payment by check may be mailed to 

Merrimack College
Bursar’s Office
315 Turnpike Street, North Andover, MA 01845 

*Note: payment should be made before the start of the first class to ensure enrollment and receipt of PDPs.

If you are paying in person with a check or cash 

Payments by cash will be accepted at the Bursar’s Office, Austin Hall, Room 12, 315 Turnpike Street, North Andover, MA 01845.

*Note: please make checks payable to Merrimack College

When registering for the course, you will have the option of paying via credit card.  Please note a 3% fee.

WLP Withdrawals and Refund Policy


A student is entitled to a refund of tuition according to the following schedule:
Withdrawals received by end of day Friday on first week of term Full Refund
Withdrawals received in the second week of the term  50% Refund
Withdrawals received after the second week of the term  No Refund

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If you have any questions about registration or would like to be put on a waiting list for a closed section, please contact:

 

Stephanie Sullivan
978-837-3563
sullivans@merrimack.edu


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