Tag: Spain

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 curriculum committee. On the one hand, I am passionate about Spanish and...

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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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

To celebrate the launch of SPanishYouTOO.com, Tourspain and International House Spain have teamed up to offer the chance to win a 10-week Spanish language course at International House Barcelona. Following the success of AUssieYouTOO.com, SPanishYouTOO.com has been launched to assist students and budding linguists in planning their visit to Spain – from choosing the right language course to making travel...

Two prestigious prizes out of Spain, the Premio Cervantes and the Cadiz Cortes IberoAmerican Freedom Prize, were awarded to authors from Latin America. Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the 2010 Novel Prize in Literature was unanimously selected by the jury for Spain's Cadiz Cortes IberoAmerican Freedom Prize, as the recipient of the 2014 award. The jury praised the...

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With prices dropping, Daniel Ward can’t find any reasons to put off a study trip to Spain Up until 25 years ago, Spain’s popularity as a tourist destination among other Europeans owed much to the low cost of vacationing there. Since then, prices have increased but the world has woken up to Spain’s history, culture, gastronomy, and natural beauty thus...

Barcelona Along Spain’s northeasterly coast lies Cataluña, the region that, perhaps somewhat unfairly, lays claim to both the urban center of Barcelona and the Costa Brava, or “wild coast,” with its rocky coves and turquoise Mediterranean vistas. The autonomous region is also the birthplace of surrealist icon Salvador Dalí and located just outside Barcelona is the museum that honors...