Fall 2019

Instructor Facilitated Graduate Courses

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Assessing Student's Performance in the World Languages Classroom: Using Integrated Performance Assessment to Develop Student Profiency

September 16- October 25

This course focuses on current second language teaching methodology and pedagogy utilizing the standards presented by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) in order to develop various performance based assessment strategies. Participants will review theory and research related to these ACTFL standards while exploring ways to integrate these principles into formative and summative assessment strategies. Special attention will be given to the understanding and development of Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA) in order to help students acquire 21st century learning skills. Through interactive activities with classmates, participants in this course will discuss the purpose, rationale, and development of assessment strategies in an attempt to create an authentic assessment and learning environment for their students. (Open to teachers of modern and classical languages. Conducted in English by Dr. Michael Orlando)

 

Credit Options:

  • 60 Professional Development Points: $525

  • 3 Graduate Credits

    • University of the Pacific: $850

    • Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU): $925

The 5 C's and the 3 Communication Modes of Language Learning: Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy for 21st Century Learners

October 28- December 13

This course focuses on current second language teaching methodology and pedagogy utilizing the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) construct of the five C’s (Communication, Culture, Connections, Communities, and Comparisons) and the three communication modes (Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational) of language learning. Participants will review theory and research related to these ACTFL standards while exploring ways to integrate these standards into unit and lesson plans. Special attention will be given to language competencies needed to help students develop 21st century learning skills. Along with colleagues, participants in this course will discuss the purpose, rationale, and development of language curriculum in an attempt to convey to their students the importance of learning a language beyond their own. (Open to teachers of modern and classical languages. Conducted in English by Dr. Michael Orlando)

Credit Options:

Using Digital Tools to Transform Student Learning in the World Language Classroom

October 28- December 13

Participants in this course will be introduced to a digital learning philosophy focused on desired student outcomes and based on the belief that instructional technology should be used as a transformative tool to maximize learning, and not simply to replicate traditional assignments and lessons. In addition to breaking down the walls of the classroom, digital learning tools can encourage student creation over consumption, provide students with more personalized learning experiences, allow for differentiated learning, and facilitate all three modes of communication.

 

Each week, participants will discuss pedagogical strategies and consider novel approaches made possible or enhanced by a collection of apps, websites or other uses of educational technology. There will be a heavy emphasis on trying these strategies in the language classroom and reflecting on that experience. All assignments will be aligned to the ACTFL World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages.

 

(Open to teachers of any language at any level. Conducted in English)

Credit Options:

  • 60 Professional Development Points: $525

  • 3 Graduate Credits:

    • University of the Pacific: $850

    • Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU): $925

    • Ashland University: $1050 (register directly with the university)

The Making of Cultural Myths: Using Animated Film to Teach Spanish

October 28- December 13

This is an online course designed for teachers who wish to continue to develop their language and cultural skills through popular children's films that are available in Spanish. The films selected will be familiar to children and teachers of all ages and available at local libraries or through online streaming. Emphasis will be on vocabulary building, improving conversational and writing skills, comprehension, and film analysis, in addition to discussions of a cultural nature within the context of each film. Group work will be in the form of weekly discussion boards and lesson plan development.  Conducted in Spanish by Dr. Lynn McGovern. 

Credit Options:

  • 60 Professional Development Points: $525

  • 3 Graduate Credits:

    • University of the Pacific: $850

    • Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU): $925

    • Ashland University: $1050 (register directly with the university)

Masterpieces of Hispanic Poetry

October 28- December 13

The study of Hispanic poetry represents a fundamental aspect of the curriculum of any Spanish class.  Poetic analysis is among one of the more challenging aspects of literary studies for students and instructors alike.  In this course, participants will read and analyze poetry of the Spanish-speaking world across different historical periods, literary movements, and themes.  In addition, this course will offer participants strategies and techniques for teaching poetry to students in the Pre-Advanced Placement classroom and in the AP Spanish Language and Culture and AP Spanish Literature and Culture classrooms.  Special attention will be given to the literary analysis using poetic devices as a way to explicate different themes in poetry.  Course participants will review the curricular underpinnings of the AP course frameworks and gain a solid understanding as to how poetry allows individuals to express their inner being.  Conducted in Spanish by Dr. Michael Orlando

Credit Options:

  • 60 Professional Development Points: $525

  • 3 Graduate Credits:

    • University of the Pacific: $850

    • Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU): $925

    • Ashland University: $1050 (register directly with the university)

Integrating Arts through Authentic Resources in the French Classroom

October 28-December 13

This course focuses on using authentic resources in French to stimulate discussion, creativity, and a lasting love of French language and culture. Participants will explore French music, art, and history to create new works of art using poetry, theater and storytelling. All activities are accessible through the ACTFL World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. Participants will use the three communication modes (Interpretive, Interpersonal and Presentational) in innovative ways, interpreting though authentic resources and using the arts to express ourselves in the presentational and interpersonal modes. Along with colleagues, participants in this course will discuss the resources, explore the arts as a means to interpret and assess, and design classroom experiences that can be used with authentic resources beyond what we explore in this course. (Open to teachers of French. Conducted in French.)

 

Credit Options:

  • 60 Professional Development Points: $525

  • 3 Graduate Credits

    • University of the Pacific: $850

    • Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU): $925

    • Ashland University: $1050 (register directly with the university)

 

Understanding Italy Today through Manzoni and Tamaro

October 28- December 13

This course is designed for teachers who wish to better understand a segment of Italy’s past and its present through selected literary works of Alessandro Manzoni and Susanna Tamaro.  Participants will improve their language skills in Italian and be able to develop practical lesson plans for the classroom using Manzoni’s I Promessi Sposi and Tamaro’s Va Dove Ti Porta il Cuore.  This course is designed around these two literary works: the story, the setting, the characters, numerous themes, the historical context and its influence in forming today’s Italy.  Emphasis will be on comprehension, vocabulary building, improving listening and writing skills, in addition to literature analysis and discussion of the differences between I Promessi Sposi and Va Dove Ti Porta il Cuore including the themes that come up in each novel.  This course will be useful to participants because the study of I Promessi Sposi and Va Dove Ti Porta Il Cuore will help participants to better understand the Italy of today; its traditions, history, family life, geography and important themes. Participants can use the resources provided and the lesson plans that they will develop in this course to implement new lessons which can be adapted to the various levels of Italian classes taught from Italian 5 AP to Italian I for beginners. Group work will be in the form of discussion boards and lesson plan development. Conducted in Italian by Dr. Renata Kamenarova.

 

Credit Options:

  • 60 Professional Development Points: $525

  • 3 Graduate Credits

    • University of the Pacific: $850

    • Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU): $925

    • Ashland University: $1050 (register directly with the university)

From Epigram to Epic: Teaching Poetry in the Latin Classroom

October 28- December 13

Latin poetry frequently constitutes a student's first experience with authentic Latin literature.  Moving beyond mere translation to the interpretation and analysis of lines of verse can be challenging for students and instructors alike.  Participants in this course will read and analyze multiple genres of Latin poetry across several historical periods and through the lens of the Updated Standards for Classical Language Learning.  While considering each poem within its historical and cultural context, participants will explore stylistic nuance and contemplate varied interpretations of the text. At the same time, they will develop strategies and techniques for teaching poetry to students. (Open to Latin teachers or anyone proficient in Latin. Conducted in English by Kelli Braley)

 

Credit Options:

  • 60 Professional Development Points: $525

  • 3 Graduate Credits

    • University of the Pacific: $850

    • Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU): $925

    • Ashland University: $1050 (register directly with the university)

Classroom Success for English Language Learners

Self-paced- Course Access for one month

This course is designed to meet the Re-certification requirement of 15-PDPs related to SEI or ESL.

Many factors affect the school success of the growing population of English language learners in our classrooms today.  Through watching videos, reading the text Between Worlds, and reflecting on our current practice via a discussion board, students will be asked to consider how they could positively influence the school success of English language learners.  Facilitated by Mellissia Walles.

 

Credit Options:

  • 15 Professional Development Points: $150

  • 1 Graduate Credit:

    • University of the Pacific: $275

    • Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU): $300

    • Ashland University: $300 (register directly with the university)

Differentiated Instruction

Self paced- Course Access for one month

Designed to meet the NEW Re-certification requirement of 15-PDPs for training in strategies for effective schooling for students with disabilities and instruction of students with diverse learning styles.

The overall goal of this course is for teachers to develop an understanding of differentiate content, activities and assessments to meet the needs of all learners. Faciliated by Mellissia Walles

 

Credit Options:

  • 15 Professional Development Points: $150

  • 1 Graduate Credit

    • University of the Pacific: $275

    • Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU): $300

    • Ashland University: $300 (register directly with the university)

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