Tag: Spanish

Seeing with Spanish Eyes

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Musetta Reed and Lauren Rovin use film and TV to bring authentic content into the classroomLoMásTV LoMásTV: Spanish Immersion TV is a set of short videos (maximum of five minutes) by native speakers on a variety of topics, such as comedy or environmental issues. These videos allow Spanish students the chance to hear native speakers of the language talking about...

Overcoming Portunhol: Portuguese for Spanish Speakers

U.S. universities have been hip to the unique challenges that Spanish speakers face when they learn Portuguese. Many universities that offer Portuguese also offer a separate section of Portuguese for Spanish speakers, including Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, UCLA, and the University of Chicago. In Brazil, many languages schools are expanding their Portuguese as a foreign language course offerings...

Sixth Spanish Language Conference

"El español en el libro" (The Book in Spanish) will be the slogan of the VI International Congress of the Spanish Language, which will be celebrated in October in Panama City. José Ignacio Wert, Spain’s minister of education and culture; Lucy Molinar, Panama’s minister of education; Victor García de la Concha, director of the Cervantes Institute; and José Manuel Blecua,...

Castilian Spanish Rules in Catalan Classrooms

A Catalan court has ruled that if a family in Catalonia wants more hours of instruction in Castilian Spanish, the school must comply. However, the ruling goes on to do more than make differentiated instruction mandatory. According to the court, the entire class will have to be instructed in Spanish upon the request of one student. The ruling comes...

All Spanish Equal

The head of Spain’s Real Academia de la Lengua (Royal Spanish Academy, or RAE) said last month that Latin American variations of Spanish in “do not endanger” the language, which is spoken equally well on both sides of the Atlantic.Prior to giving a speech in the former capital of the Spanish Empire, Toledo. entitled “The Royal Academy and its...

Spanish Center for Harvard

Spain's Instituto Cervantes is creating a Spanish-language center in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, the goal of which is to be the international point of reference for analyzing the progress of the Spanish language in the U.S. The largest banking group in the Eurozone, Spain’s Grupo Santander, will contribute 1 million euros ($1.3 million) to the...

States of Spanish

Julie Barlow and Jean-Benoît Nadeau explain why the U.S. has its own, recognized variety of Spanish

States of Spanish

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Julie Barlow and Jean-Benoît Nadeau explain why the U.S. has its own, recognized variety of SpanishTen years ago, it was still common in the U.S. to hear Spanish described as a “foreign” language. But those days are over. Hispanic scholars and language teachers are now witnessing the rise of an authentic U.S. variety of Spanish.The shift really got underway...

Spanish Fiestas

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Salamanca may be famous for its tradition of educational excellence as well as the fun-filled fiestas that ignite the city in FebruarySalamanca is renowned for its university, which was granted a royal charter by Alfonso IX of León nearly 800 years ago in 1218. Soon, it became one of the most significant and prestigious academic centers in Europe. Now,...

Spanish Fiesta

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Salamanca may be famous for its tradition of educational excellence as well as the fun-filled fiestas that ignite the city in February Salamanca is renowned for its university, which was granted a royal charter by Alfonso IX of León nearly 800 years ago in 1218. Soon, it became one of the most significant and prestigious academic centers in Europe....