Spring 2020 

Instructor Facilitated Graduate COURSES

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Teaching World Languages Through the Lens of Social Justice

March 23- May 1 (with an optional 1 week Spring Vacation)

This course is designed to help language educators discover the resources available and develop the skills necessary to integrate a social justice perspective into their language courses at all levels.  By considering best practices, educators will strengthen their ability to plan units that will target both language learning objectives and social justice learning objectives. Utilizing the concepts of Understanding by Design, publications from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) specific to language unit planning and curricular development, and the principles of social justice education, participants in this course will discuss the reasons for adding a social justice basis to their language courses and work through the steps necessary to effectively plan lessons and units with such a perspective in mind.  Through weekly discussions with classmates and the instructor, readings and resources reflecting best language teaching practices, and scaffolded assignments, course participants will develop a unit that integrates language learning outcomes and social justice learning outcomes. (Open to teachers of all languages at every level. Course conducted in English by Joseph Parodi-Brown.)

Students who matriculate into an Instructor-Facilitated course should adhere to the dates listed on the website. Final coursework should be submitted within one week after the course end date.  Course extensions beyond one week are subject to a $50 fee.

Credit Options:

  • 60 Professional Development Points: $525

  • 3 Graduate Credits:

    • University of the Pacific: $850

    • Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU): $925

    • Register Directly with Ashland University using this link: $1050

Cultural Integration in the World Language: The Role of ICC

March 23- May 1 (with an optional 1 week Spring Vacation)

This course focuses on current second language teaching methodology and pedagogy addressing the topic of Intercultural Communicative Competence (ICC).  Utilizing the World Readiness Standards presented by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and the NECTFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements pertaining to ICC, participants in this course will study how the development of linguistic competence and cultural awareness lead to successful communication avoiding stereotyping and passing judgement.  Students will learn how to create lessons and assessments that incorporate and relate cultural products and practices to cultural perspectives.  Using the ICC framework, students will gain deeper insight into interpreting cultural contexts, interacting in these contexts, cultivating curiosity and openness to the target culture, and reflecting critically on their own cultural context.  Open to teachers of modern and classical languages. Conducted in English.

Students who matriculate into an Instructor-Facilitated course should adhere to the dates listed on the website. Final coursework should be submitted within one week after the course end date.  Course extensions beyond one week are subject to a $50 fee.

Credit Options:

  • 60 Professional Development Points: $525

  • 3 Graduate Credits:

    • University of the Pacific: $850

    • Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU): $925

    • Register Directly with Ashland University using this link: $1050

Novice-Level Novels to Enhance Communication in the Spanish Classroom

March 23- May 1 (with an option 1 week Spring Vacation)

For communication in L2 to exist, students need something to talk about.  Reading short novels crafted especially for the novice learner not only provides characters and a plot, but also the feeling of accomplishment once the novel has been read.  In this course, we will discuss the theory of comprehensible input and then go on to use the theory while exploring how to reach novice learners through three novice-level novels in Spanish: Feliz cumpleaños, La chica nueva and El viaje difícil, learning how to incorporate what is already embedded in the novel to further pique students' interest and get the most out of the reading, including culture, geography, food, social issues and even politics.  Within each module, participants will examine the online content, read the books, engage in discussion, prepare and share activities for use in the classroom.  The course is a forum to collaborate, share ideas and best practices for involving the comprehensible novel in the novice-level classroom. (Open to teachers of all languages at every level but designed for teachers of the Novice Level. Course conducted in Spanish by the author of two of the novels, Jennifer Degenhardt.)

Students who matriculate into an Instructor-Facilitated course should adhere to the dates listed on the website. Final coursework should be submitted within one week after the course end date.  Course extensions beyond one week are subject to a $50 fee.

Credit Options:

  • 60 Professional Development Points: $525

  • 3 Graduate Credits:

    • University of the Pacific: $850

    • Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU): $925

    • Register Directly with Ashland University using this link: $1050

Isabel Allende: Personal History and Creative Process

March 23- May 1 (with an optional 1 week Spring Vacation)

Best-selling writer Isabel Allende, one of the most widely read Latin American female authors, frames each narrative within an historical context or current event. Her creative process recounts stories in which protagonists explore and endure life’s challenges. Her narrative frequently embraces situations related to social justice and women’s rights, always central to her work and heart. In this course we will explore Allende’s use of magic realism, geographical setting, imagery, word choice, and other stylistic devices in her narrative.  Conducted in Spanish by Dr. Lynn McGovern.

Students who matriculate into an Instructor-Facilitated course should adhere to the dates listed on the website. Final coursework should be submitted within one week after the course end date.  Course extensions beyond one week are subject to a $50 fee.

Credit Options:

  • 60 Professional Development Points: $525

  • 3 Graduate Credits:

    • University of the Pacific: $850

    • Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU): $925

    • Register Directly with Ashland University using this link: $1050

Film-based activities to Engage and Motivate French Students

March 23- May 1 (with an optional 1 week Spring Vacation)

This course offers fresh and flexible activities based on films and film clips that you can custom fit into any thematic curriculum.  Aimed at beginning and intermediate students, you will find the activities spiral easily all the way to Advanced Placement.  Spend a few weeks improving your French and spicing up your curriculum. A pragmatic and creative opportunity for teachers who are eager to engage their students’ childlike energy in self-directed, student-centered learning.  Conducted in French by Chris Carroll. 

Students who matriculate into an Instructor-Facilitated course should adhere to the dates listed on the website. Final coursework should be submitted within one week after the course end date.  Course extensions beyond one week are subject to a $50 fee.

Credit Options:

  • 60 Professional Development Points: $525

  • 3 Graduate Credits:

    • University of the Pacific: $850

    • Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU): $925

    • Register Directly with Ashland University using this link: $1050

Understanding Italy Today through Manzoni and Tamaro

March 23- May 1 (with an optional 1 week Spring Vacation)

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.  Group work will be in the form of discussion boards and lesson plan development. Conducted in Italian by Monica Canetta.

Students who matriculate into an Instructor-Facilitated course should adhere to the dates listed on the website. Final coursework should be submitted within one week after the course end date.  Course extensions beyond one week are subject to a $50 fee.

Credit Options:

  • 60 Professional Development Points: $525

  • 3 Graduate Credits:

    • University of the Pacific: $850

    • Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU): $925

    • Register Directly with Ashland University using this link: $1050

 

From Epigram to Epic: Teaching Poetry in the Latin Classroom

March 23- May 1 (with an optional 1 week Spring Vacation)

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)

Students who matriculate into an Instructor-Facilitated course should adhere to the dates listed on the website. Final coursework should be submitted within one week after the course end date.  Course extensions beyond one week are subject to a $50 fee.

Credit Options:

  • 60 Professional Development Points: $525

  • 3 Graduate Credits:

    • University of the Pacific: $850

    • Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU): $925

    • Register Directly with Ashland University using this link: $1050

 

Students who matriculate into an Instructor-Facilitated course should adhere to the dates listed on the website. Final coursework should be submitted within one week after the course end date.  Course extensions beyond one week are subject to a $50 fee.

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