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Continuing Education

Survival Spanish for School Personnel

Date: 8:30am PDT August 1 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate Campus, York 116

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Lewis & Clark Graduate Campus, York 116

This hands-on workshop uses role playing, games, and small group practice to help educators and other school personnel develop Spanish language skills needed for communicating successfully with Spanish-speaking English language learners and their families.

Language and activities will be situation-based, focusing on specific words and sentences that school personnel want to be able to speak and understand. Situations covered will include: in the office, in the hall, parent-teacher conferences, in the classroom, and on the playground. Academic terminology and additional language and culture questions will be addressed upon participant request.

Learning goals include:

  • Speaking and understanding basic communicative Spanish in various school settings
  • Specific tips for cross-cultural awareness
  • Tips for how to use English in a simplified and strategic way when you don’t know the student’s/parent’s language

Who should attend?
This class is designed for all school personnel including teachers, administrators, secretaries, coaches, nurses, counselors, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, and more. 

Course Details & Registration

Dates: Tuesday-Thursday, August 1-3, 2017, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Instructor: Lynn Reer, PhD

Continuing education credit: CEED 866, 1 semester hour, $350

Continuing education credit registration form (PDF)

  • *Please note: Completed registration forms containing social security numbers and/or credit card information should not be submitted via email. If you choose to pay by credit card, please mail or fax your registration to the Center for Community Engagement, using the contact information on the right-hand side of this webpage.

Noncredit: $250, includes 15 PDUs or CEUs, $100 students. Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%.

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About the Instructor

Lynn Reer has a Master’s degree in Linguistics from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Applied Linguistics and Spanish Linguistics from Georgetown University. Her BA from Oberlin College was in French. She taught English as a Second/Foreign language in the U.S. and abroad for fifteen years. After moving to Oregon, Lynn trained teachers in ESL/Bilingual Education for twenty years, first at Western Oregon State College (now Western Oregon University) and then at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. In the late 80s she also began teaching Spanish for School Personnel and then branched out to provide classes in Spanish for Special Purposes in such fields as health, law, and city or county services. Her classes are practical and enjoyable. 

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