Tag: Spain

Become a Spanish Student Ambassador

Students can now apply to be the representative of Spain and the campaign Study in Spain (SiS) in their university for the next round of the Student Ambassador Program.The program aims to strengthen relations and the image of Spain in higher learning institutions across the U.S. through various promotional activities conducted by the SiS Student Ambassadors in their universities,...

The Right to Multiple Identities

Editorial by Dan WardThe constitutional crisis in Spain’s autonomous region of Cataluña highlights the new reality of identification in our globalized world. Although many Catalans consider themselves to be both Catalan and Spanish, speak both languages, and enjoy customs of both cultures, they are being forced by intransigent politicians to choose between them, as if one precludes the other.Of...

Catalan Publisher Leaves Amid Uncertainty

As uncertainty and anxiety over secession grip Spain’s autonomous region of Cataluña, publishing giant Planeta, the world's leading Spanish-language publisher and second biggest publisher in France, has moved its official address out of the region’s capital, Barcelona, to Madrid.According to an official statement, the decision to move the publisher’s registered address was taken to “protect the interests of shareholders,...

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 holdIn 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...

Spanish Election Optimistic for Multilingualism

Nehemías Giménez García sees a boost for multilingualism in a multi-party government.On Sunday, December 20th, the Spanish democratic system won. The general election results, boasting 73.2% voter participation, virtually abolished the two-party political system. One challenge that lies ahead of the new multi-party democracy is to develop policies rooted in alliances and agreements to facilitate the next 4-year legislature. Nevertheless,...

Spain to Promote English with Subtitles

With general elections just days ahead, Spain’s Partido Popular (PP) has proposed a plan to support education, and a significant aspect of the plan is to promote languages. The Partido Popular’s proposal, which has been called the Pacto de Estado por la Educación, consists of bolstering instruction in the sciences, investing in improving and standardizing teacher training, and strengthening...

Free Trip to Spain

Our amigos at the Tourist Office of Spain and Castilla y León Tourism are inviting teachers, study abroad advisers and school administrators, who currently offer or are highly considering expanding study abroad programs for their students to learn Spanish in Spain, to participate in a familiarization trip and workshop that will take place in Castilla y León, Spain from...

Was Cervantes Catalan?

Historians with the Catalan separatist-leaning Institute Nova Història say that for centuries, Castilian Spanish leaders have ignored or downplayed the role of Catalunya in the country’s history.Jordi Bilbeny, director of investigations at the institute claims that Castilian leaders have for hundreds of years tried to take credit for the accomplishments of Catalan people. Last month, the institute held seminars...

King Felipe VI’s Universal Spanish Language Proficiency Test

Last month at the San Ildefonso College in Mexico City, Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia launched the Siele, or the International Service for Evaluation of the Spanish Language, which is set to be a globally recognized Spanish language certificate encompassing the diversity of the language from all Spanish-speaking countries. “If we want to reaffirm Spanish as the...