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Advanced Spanish Grammar for Educators

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Using explanatory text and practical exercises, this independent study course provides a comprehensive review of Spanish grammar, using Gramática para la Composición (Whitley & Gonzáles)  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.  Participants will collaborate and share successful strategies for teaching a variety of topics. Conducted in Spanish. Teachers have 3 months from date of registration to complete the online course material..

Credit Options:

  • 60 Professional Development Points: $275

  • 3 Graduate Credits:

    • University of the Pacific: $525

    • Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU): $575

Advanced Italian Grammar for Educators

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Independent Learning Courses: These online courses provide teachers with affordable opportunities to complete course work that is interesting, and relevant. Once your registration is completed you will receive an email with access to the course material. You must complete the work within the given time frame in order to receive credit for the course. Instructor and technical assistance is available but you complete the work at your own pace.

Using explanatory videos and exercises, this independent study course provides a comprehensive review of Italian 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 Italian charged with teaching advanced grammar concepts. Participants will collaborate and share successful strategies for teaching a variety of topics. Conducted in Italian. Teachers have 3 months from date of registration to complete the online course material.  

Credit Options:

  • 60 Professional Development Points: $275

  • 3 Graduate Credits:

    • University of the Pacific: $525

    • Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU): $575

Advanced French Grammar for Educators

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Using explanatory text and practical exercises, this independent study course provides a comprehensive review of French grammar targeting problem areas of grammar (Le lieu, le moment, le nom, le pronom, et les temps) for many advanced learners. Designed for students preparing for licensure exams, teachers preparing to teach advanced levels, as well as native speakers of French charged with teaching advanced grammar concepts.  Participants will access and share successful strategies for teaching a variety of topics.  Material is posted in French.  Teachers have 3 months from date of registration to complete the online course material.

 

Credit Options:

  • 60 Professional Development Points: $275

  • 3 Graduate Credits

    • University of the Pacific: $525

    • Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU): $575

Italian Opera & Culture: Puccini, Rossini and Verdi

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This online course is designed for teachers who wish to learn about three famous Italian Operas and their composers in order to improve and refine their language skills in Italian and to develop practical lesson plans for the classroom. The course is designed around three great Operas: Tosca, The Barber of Seville and La Traviata. Given the popularity of these Operas, students and teachers who are familiar with the Opera can focus on the language and the arias without having to decipher the plot.  Those who are not familiar with these three Operas, will have the chance to learn the plot and story and then focus on the language and music.  Emphasis will be on comprehension, vocabulary building, improving listening and writing skills, in addition to Opera analysis and discussions on the composers and the history of the Opera in Italy.  Students will also listen to and analyze the most famous arias from each Opera.  Group work will be in the form of discussion boards and lesson plan development. Conducted in Italian with occasional readings in English.Teachers have 3 months from date of registration to complete the online course material.

Credit Options:

  • 60 Professional Development Points: $275

  • 3 Graduate Credits:

    • University of the Pacific: $525

    • Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU): $575

Latin American Rhythm and Beat: Using Music and Lyrics to Teach Spanish in the L2 Classroom

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Music can be a great resource for Spanish teachers. Songs have historical meaning that students have to work to uncover and often reflects the time in which it was created, as well as the perspective of its author.  In this course we will explore why the artist wrote the lyrics, uncover what those lyrics mean, who the audience for the song was, and what was going on history at the time. We will pair the song with other sources—newspaper articles, radio addresses, videos, biographies, etc. — so you can piece together and better understand a particular historical era.  Within each module, participants will study the online content, complete activities and share teaching strategies for integrating Spanish songs into their own classes. The course offers a collaborative environment to share tips, unique lessons and best practices for teaching history through music. Conducted in Spanish.  Teachers have 3 months from date of registration to complete the online course material.

Credit Options:

  • 60 Professional Development Points: $275

  • 3 Graduate Credits:

    • University of the Pacific: $525

    • Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU): $575

Impressionism and the Impressionists of France

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This course will cover the age and era of the French Impressionist Movement. The course, designed for middle and high school French teachers, explores the artistic and historical elements of the movement, as well as the biographical stories and relationships among the painters themselves. Teachers will consider how to adapt course assignments and materials in order to create specific learning outcomes that align with curricular objectives within their own classrooms.  Conducted in French with occasional readings in English. Teachers have 3 months from date of registration to complete the online course material.

Credit Options:

  • 60 Professional Development Points: $275

  • 3 Graduate Credits:

    • University of the Pacific: $525

    • Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU): $575

Linguistics for Teachers of ELL/ESL

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This course acquaints the learner with the linguistic needs of ELL/ESL students. Course includes the design and implementation of strategies and interventions targeted to specific linguistic needs identified in their ELL/ESL classrooms related to phonetics, phonology, semantics, pragmatics, morphology, syntax, typology, orthography, linguistic advocacy, grammar, language acquisition, and sociolinguistics. Specific topics in sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics will be analyzed with a focus on improving the overall instruction of ELL/ESL students. Teachers have 3 months from date of registration to complete the online course material.

Credit Options:

  • 60 Professional Development Points: $250

  • 3 Graduate Credits from University of the Pacific: $450

  • 3 Transferable Graduate Credits: Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU): $500

Learning Beyond the Classroom: Travel Course

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This Learning Beyond the Classroom: Travel Course provides K-12 teachers an opportunity to earn graduate credit or professional development for the development of a travel program or personal travel overseas.  The purpose of this course is document the process, reflect on the experience and develop curricula to integrate into the classroom in order to address problems that connect to important world issue. Coursework may be submitted in English, Spanish, French or Italian. Teachers have 3 months from date of registration to complete the online course material.

Credit Options:

  • 60 Professional Development Points: $250

  • 3 Graduate Credits from University of the Pacific: $450

  • 3 Transferable Graduate Credits: Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU): $500

Gender Identity in the World Language Classroom

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This one unit, 15 hour online course, which is tailored for language teachers, addresses a current and important topic about the ways in which teachers accommodate gender nonconforming students when teaching a language that requires its speakers to assign gender. The course is divided into three subtopics: Student Gender Identities, Teacher Roles, and Challenges to Language Change. With Student Gender Identities, students of the course will explore the ways in which gender and identity have evolved. In Teacher Roles, the material is focused on the duties of the teacher and features gender neutral strategies for teachers to implement when teaching a foreign language. Finally, in Challenges to Language Change, students will look at the reasons for previous successes and failure when it comes to language change. Students of the course will also critically analyze the origin of language evolution and critique movements from non-native speakers that seek to change a language that is not their own. The course features readings, studies, videos, PowerPoints, and requires active participation in discussion board activities.   Teachers have 1 month from date of registration to complete the online course material.

Credit Options:

  • 15 Professional Development Points: $150

  • 1 Graduate Credits from University of the Pacific: $275

  • 1 Transferable Graduate Credit: Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU): $300

Differentiated Instruction

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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. 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.   Teachers have 1 month from date of registration to complete the online course material at their own pace.

Credit Options:

  • 15 Professional Development Points: $150

  • 1 Graduate Credit

    • University of the Pacific: $275

    • Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU): $300

Classroom Success for English Language Learners

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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. Teachers have 1 month from date of registration to complete the online course material.

Credit Options:

  • 15 Professional Development Points: $150

  • 1 Graduate Credit

    • University of the Pacific: $275

    • Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU): $300

Descubre Puerto Rico

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Come and discover Puerto Rico in an online workshop!  This workshop will provide you with the history, current events, films, readings and relevant information to engage your classroom.  These 15 hour Passport workshop integrate a variety of resources that you will be able to share with your students and bring the Puerto Rican culture alive in your own classroom.  Teachers may start a course at any time and may take up to one month from the date of registration to complete the course.

 

Credit Options:

  • 15 Professional Development Points: $100

  • 1 Graduate Credit:

    • University of the Pacific: $275

    • Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU): $300

Descubre Argentina

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Come and discover Argentina, one of the most beautiful countries in South America. This online workshop will provide you with learning activities and the experience of emerging in Argentina´s culture. Its culture represents identity and nationalism. Studying Argentina's people, customs, geography, history as well as their traditions will encourage your students to develop empathy with other cultures and sensitivity about the differences in them. The course study is available for one month, and assignments expected to be completed in 15 hours.  Teachers may start a course at any time and may take up to one month from the date of registration to complete the course.

Credit Options:

  • 15 Professional Development Points: $100

  • 1 Graduate Credit:

    • University of the Pacific: $275

    • Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU): $300

Descubre Cuba

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As Americans dash to Cuba “before it changes,” it is clear that few understand the island, its history, and its people. Join us as we learn about the historical events that led to the infamous embargo and the everyday realities of Cuba, behind tourist images of beautiful beaches, classic cars, rum, and cigars. By the end of this course you will be able to identify and explain the significance of major people, events, and ideas in Cuban history. Compare and contrast experiences of different groups of people in Cuban society. An get a glimpse of the rich arts scene that has been kept alive even throughout the hardest economical crisis. 

 

These 15 hour Descubre workshop integrate a variety of resources that you will be able to share with your students and bring the Cuban culture alive in your own classroom.  Teachers may start a course at any time and may take up to one month from the date of registration to complete the course.

 

Credit Options:

  • 15 Professional Development Points: $100

  • 1 Graduate Credit:

    • University of the Pacific: $275

    • Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU): $300

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