Spring 2019 Courses

ED501 SPANISH GRAMMAR AND WRITING for Spanish Teachers 3 Graduate Credits Spring 2019

This course reviews the most important grammatical structures of Spanish, and enables the teachers and students to understand extensive practice of these structures in the context, in reading, in writing and in cultural proficiency. The projected outcome of this course is to provide classroom teachers with the knowledge, understanding, and methodologies needed to train them to have more engaging students using a variety of cultural productions to motivate and practice their writing and grammar skills. This course is conducted in Spanish by a native instructor, Dr. Wanda Ocasio-Rivera.

3 Graduate Credits: $550

Dates: March 3 - May 4, 2019

ED501 LATIN AMERICAN CINEMA for Secondary Teachers (5-12) 3 Graduate Credits Spring 2019

In this course Teachers of Spanish language will be able to develop their language skills and study Spanish culture and language through films. Emphasis will be on vocabulary building, improving conversational and writing skills, comprehension, film analysis, as well as discussions on cultural events of the films' contexts. The projected outcome of this course is to provide classroom teachers with the knowledge, understanding, and methodologies needed to enable to have more engaging students through the use of Latin American Cinema to improve their communication. This course is conducted in Spanish by a native instructor, Dr. Wanda Ocasio-Rivera.

3 Graduate Credits: $550

Dates: March 3 - May 2, 2019

ED501 SPANISH MYTHS AND LEGENDS OF MEXICO For Secondary Teachers (5-12) 3 Graduate Credits Spring 2019

This course is an online course designed for teachers 5-12 who wish to continue to develop their language skills and study Mayan and Aztec cultures and Spanish language through myths and legends of Mexico. Participants will study documentaries, video and short stories. The information studied in this class depict popular myths and legends from various regions of Mexico, where the Aztec and Mayan civilizations were developed; and that have shaped the nature of Mexican people. Emphasis will be on vocabulary building, improving conversational and writing skills, reading comprehension, literary analysis, as well as discussions of cultural and historical events of the films ‘contexts. The projected outcome of this course is to provide classroom teachers with the knowledge, understanding, and methodologies needed to enable them to have more engaging students using cultural aspects in their class. Students relate more to popular current events that might help them to understand Latin American customs and differentiate from their own. A native instructor conducts this course in Spanish.

3 Graduate Credits: $550

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ED501 EMIGRES EN FRANCE VUS EN FILMS For Secondary Teachers (5-12) 3 Graduate Credits Spring 2019

This course is an online course designed for teachers 5-12 who wish to continue to develop their language skills and study French culture and language through French films. Participants will study four films: L’Ascension, Bienvenue à Marly-Gomont, Entre les murs et Inch’Allah dimanche. The films depict problems encountered by African immigrants in France in the 20th and 21st centuries. Emphasis will be on vocabulary building, improving conversational and writing skills, reading comprehension, literary analysis, as well as discussions of cultural and historical events of the films ‘contexts. The projected outcome of this course is to provide classroom teachers with the knowledge, understanding, and methodologies needed to enable them to have more engaging students through the use of films in their class. Two of these films explain the problems in a comical manner that will appeal to your students. The other two are dramas which conveys the huge problems experienced by new immigrants, such as language barrier, racism, poverty. This course is conducted in French by a native instructor.

3 Graduate Credits: $650

Dates: TBA

ED501 AFRO-CARIBBEAN RELIGIONS AND CULTURE for Secondary Teachers Spring 2019

This course will explore some of the most important Afro- Caribbean religions and their cultural manifestations rooted in different spiritual beliefs that came from Africa during the Conquest and Colonial periods. The teachers will be introduced to some aspects of the phenomenology of these beliefs, the practices of their followers, and the important role of their discourses as oppressed and marginalized groups. Some of the topics to be discussed are the ideas of God and spirits, Vodou in Haiti and the Haitian Diaspora, sacrifices, The Rastafarians, Spiritism, Brazilian Candomblé, the idea of evil, syncretism, and Botanicas in their role in healing people. Also, we are going to pay special attention to the influence of these religious experiences in art, music, literature and other alternative texts.

3 Graduate Credits: $650

Dates: TBA

ED501 GAMING AND LEARNING in Second Language Acquisition for Secondary Teachers (5-12) for 3 Graduate Credits Spring 2019

Learning a new language can be a lot of work. Students have to make a great effort to repeat, to memorize, and to comprehend. Also, learners have to be able to use this new language in conversations and written formats. This effort sometimes is perceived by students as difficult, tedious and for some of them, boring. Games feel effortless, fun, and can engage students to keep their interest in learning. Games also help teachers to create a context in which languages occurs. This helps teachers to promote a language learning environment that is meaningful. This course aims to help teachers to create a second language classroom where learners experience language instead of studying it. As part of the course, we will study the structure and application in the class of table games, classroom games, video games, virtual reality, and mobile apps.

3 Graduate Credits: $650

Dates: TBA

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