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Spanish Language Awareness for Educators

Teachers, administrators, coaches, counselors, nurses, and school staff:Wouldn't it be a powerful enhancement of your professional skills to be able to communicate more effectively with parents and students whose primary language is Spanish? Given the rapidly growing number of Spanish-speaking families and children on Long Island and NYSED’s increasing requirements for ESL-related expertise, it is crucial that non-Spanish-speaking educators develop stronger knowledge of Spanish language and culture.

This two-course sequence is designed to enhance educators' understanding of the language and culture of Spanish-speaking students and families. Participants will learn the basic structures of Spanish Language and will learn vocabulary and phrases that are particularly relevant to K-12 school contexts.
The courses are scheduled in two formats:

  • 3 hours, one weekday evening per week for 8 weeks, or
  • 4 hours per day for 6 consecutive Saturdays

Courses are offered at the Stony Brook University main campus.  See dates and times below.

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The entire curriculum is covered in two 24-hour courses. Each short course offers a significant professional enhancement; those who successfully complete the entire two-course sequence will earn a University Badge in Spanish Language Awareness for Educators. The University Badge may be displayed on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter profiles, and added to a resume to bring visibility to your achievement at Stony Brook University.


Spanish Language Awareness for Educators Sequence

Note: While it is not required that participants take the courses in order, participants without at least a basic background in Spanish Language are strongly advised to take Short Course I prior to Short Course II.

Short Course I: The School and Its People
NCE 850 • Fee: $775

  • Teachers and Students
  • Administrators and Family
  • School Environment
  • Curriculum
  • Extracurriculars

Section D:

Tuesdays, 4:30-7:30pm; October 20 & 27; November 3, 10 & 24;
December 1, 8 & 15, 2015

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Section E:

Saturdays, 10am-2pm; January 30; February 6, 20 & 27;
March 5, 12, 2016


Short Course II: Activities and Curriculum
NCE 860 • Fee: $775

  • Music and Arts
  • Sports
  • Special Education
  • Report Cards
  • Parent-teacher Conferences
  • Problems and Solutions
  • Behavior Problems
  • Student Interaction
  • End-of-year Ceremonies and Graduation

Section D:

Tuesdays, 4:30-7:30pm; January 26February 2, 16 & 23;  March 1, 8, 22 & 29, 2016 

Section E:

Saturdays, 10am-2pm; April 9, 16, 23 & 30; May 7 & 14, 2016



Questions or Comments?
Please feel free to email   or call 631-632-7022.



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