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Enele 2017: International Encounter for Continuing Professional Development for Spanish Teachers

From July 10-14, Enele 2017, the third edition of the International Encounter for Continuing Professional Development of Spanish Teachers, will take place at the Modern Language Center of the University of Cadiz, Spain. Organized by Language and Cultural Encounters (LCE), Enele gives teachers of Spanish (and of other...

Tensions in Teaching Spanish

Ann Abbott sees tensions in Spanish programs that cannot hold In one of my roles as a director of Undergraduate Studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), I work closely with our advisor, I speak directly with potential students and their parents, and I am on our department’s...

Late-Learner Bilinguals Perform Similar to Native Speakers

A new study, titled “Late Bilinguals Are Sensitive to Unique Aspects of Second Language Processing: Evidence from Clitic Pronouns Word-Order” asked whether English speakers who become highly proficient at a late age in Spanish could understand grammatical constructions that are present in Spanish but not in English. The study is hinged on the longstanding question if adults who...

Netflix Unveils New Spanish-Language Mexican Drama

Netflix has just released its new Spanish-language series, Ingobernable. Netflix has had its fair share of success recently in the Spanish-language department, most notably the 2015 Spanish-language drama Narcos, a crime drama filmed in Colombia that follows the story of drug kingpin, Pablo Escobar. Narcos was wildly successful...

Spanish Film Festival in Prague

From documentaries and horror films to coming-of-age dramas, La Película has something for everyone. The festival, organized by Cervantes Institute, the Spanish embassy in Prague, and Světozor cinema, takes place in Kino Světozor in Prague Feb. 14-19, Brno cinema in Scala Feb. 16-19, Minikino in Ostrava Feb. 20-22, and Bio Central in Hradec Králové Feb. 20-24. According to organizers,...

Washington Study Sheds Light on ELL Advanced Course Enrollment

Education Northwest along with the Institute of Education Sciences and Regional Educational Laboratory at Education Northwest analyzed the patterns of advanced coursework among Spanish-speaking students, other language minority students whose primary/home language is a language other than Spanish, and English-only speakers. The study found distinct differences between the groups. Spanish-speaking students were found to enroll and perform less in advanced...

Netflix Produces Two Original Spanish-Language Series

Last summer, Netflix announced the production of its first Spanish-Language original series, Club de Cuervos. The series, which centers on a family feud among heirs of a soccer club, was directed by Mexican producer, Gaz Alazraki, and is set to premiere this year. “Gaz has the disruptive vision and creative storytelling we were looking for in producing our first original series...

Marvel Celebrates Free Comic Book Day in Spanish

¡Feliz día del cómic gratis! May 2nd is national Free Comic Book Day, and Marvel is offering for the first time a free, multi-story, Spanish language edition, continuing a goal of connecting to a more diverse readership. Last year Marvel teamed up with iVerse Media to release the Marvel Global App that allows fans to download older comics in 12...

Lure of the Sur

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Kristal Bivona finds there’s no time like the present to immerse oneself in Latin America There’s never been a better time to study Spanish or Portuguese. Hispanic America and Brazil are projected to have bright economic futures, which will naturally increase the demand for speakers of Spanish or Portuguese in the business world. Of course, where business goes, students follow....

BridgeArgentina

Following January 2014's feature on Argentina as a Spanish-immersion destination, it is worth highlighting BridgeArgentina — one of the country’s most popular Spanish schools. Bridge’s methodology is designed to make students comfortable using Spanish in practical, everyday situations, such as traveling, meeting people, using the telephone, conducting business, and participating in conversations. Students combine Spanish courses and authentic cultural experiences,...