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    On Saturday 10th October, the first Madrid Student Welcome Day will take place at the Ayuntamiento de Madrid’s Galería de Cristal (Cibeles).  This is a festive and recreational event intended specifically for foreign students who have recently arrived in Madrid.ç

    The aim is to give students a warm welcome to the city of Madrid and an opportunity for them to get to know what cultural and leisure activities are available.  There will be a range of activities – concerts, raffles and free gifts as well as free food.

    The event is subsidised by the Ayuntamiento of Madrid and the Comunidad de Madrid as well as by businesses and organisations who, like ourselves, want to take part in this interesting initiative.

    The Instituto Cervantes will have a stand and will provide various activities throughout the day.  They will have a twenty minute spot on the main stage for dynamic group exercises for students of Spanish as a Foreign Language.  Immediately following this there will be raffle of four tickets for the AVE Global for people who have previously taken part in activities at the stand.

    In order to enrol for the event free of charge please visit this page.

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    The Instituto Cervantes, organisers of the DELE exams, have issued an official notice stating that in the first half of this year more than 35,000 people have taken the official test of proficiency in Spanish.
    The figures show a considerable increase over last year and are evident in exams of all levels, but most particularly in the enrolments for the school diploma.

    The Instituto Cervantes is quoted as saying, “The DELE mantains its validity, usefulness and recognition as the key Spanish diploma.  A sharp increase in demand is expected given that an A2 level (or higher) will be a requirement for obtaining Spanish nationality both for Sephardic Jews from Spain (according to the law passed in June) and for non-Spanish speaking immigrants resident in Spain”.

    The Instituto Cervantes expects to continue with the current five dates for taking the exam in 2016, but will also be adding other dates in response to the increasing demand, which will become more apparent when the DELE  becomes a requirement for application for Spanish nationality.

    All this information shows that the DELE has become an international reference point for the promoting of Spanish as a Foreign Language and for the recognition of Spanish as a communication tool in both professional and academic circles.

    DELE diplomas are valid indefinitely, are internationally recognised and form an integral part of education in many  countries. All information on Spanish diplomas is available at diplomas.cervantes.es.

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    The Instituto Cervantes has published its annual report “Spanish: a living language”.  This year the publication coincides with the celebration of E Day.

    In order to calculate the number of Spanish speaking people, the Instituto Cervantes uses the official census figures from the last fourteen years; the official estimates of each country´s Institute for Statisitics and the last four reports from the United Nations’ Institute for Statistics.

    The Instituto Cervantes calculates that there are approximately 559,000,000 Spanish speakers.  This figure includes native Spanish speakers, those with a limited proficiency and students of Spanish as a Foreign Language.

    Following are some of the most interesting figures from the report:

    • Spanish is the second most-widely spoken mother tongue in the world after Mandarin.  It is also the second most-widely spoken language according to the previously mentioned criteria.
    • In 2030, Spanish speakers will constitute 7.5% of the world´s population.  In four generations time, this will become 10% of the world´s population.
    • Spanish is the mother tongue of 470,000,000 people (6.7% of the world´s population).
    • There are currently more than 21,000,000 people studying Spanish as a Foreign Language, one and a half million more than in 2014.
    • In Europe, the number of Spanish students has increased most in France, Italy, Germany and Ireland.
    • The United States, Brazil and France head the list for the highest total number of Spanish students.
    • More than 41,000,000 people in the United States have a native command of Spanish although the Hispanic population is approximately 53,000,000.
    • The increase in the number of students studying Spanish in sub-Sarahan Africa is also noteworthy.  The greatest number of students are to be found in Benin, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Gabon and Ecuatorial Guinea.

    After looking at these facts, we advise our readers to take a look at the report where they are certain to find relevant information. Spanish: a living language – 2015 Report.

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  • El Día E

    The network of Instituto Cervantes schools will be holding their usual E Day, the big Spanish language fiesta, on the 20th June.

    Although there will be events in most of the schools, the main programme will take place at the Instituto Cervantes in Alcalá Street in Madrid, where there will be an open day and a series of cultural activities.

    One of the most important of these is the Storytelling (from 11.00h to 14.00h).  Daniela Violi (Columbia), Ignacio Sanz (Spain) y Acoyani Guadalupe Guzmán Bárcena (Mexico) will be telling stories related to Don Quijote.

    There will also be a workshop to construct the characters in Don Quijote run by César Fernández Arias, sculptor, painter and sketcher who has won the national prize for illustration.

    All these activities, which are intended for children aged six to eleven, will be carried out by the Instituto Cervantes in collaboration with the Instituto Caro and Cuervo and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

    For more information please see: Instituto Cervantes.


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    The Instituto Cervantes is organising a course at the Complutense University Summer School in El Escorial. The course, “New demands in the area of learning, teaching and educational management of foreign languages”, will take place from the 13th to the 15th July.

    Following the success of “The added value of Spanish” at the 2014 Summer School, this year the Instituto Cervantes is presenting the course “New demands in the area of learning, teaching and educational management of foreign languages”.

    Last year there was an analysis from different points of view of how Spanish is spread in different contexts and the consequent value that this gives to our language.  This year the thinking will be about how to tackle learning management and the teaching of language in the 21st century.

    The course is aimed at language teachers, students, schools, publishers and managers of educational programmes or foreign language schools.  Different perspectives will be given with the aim of enabling all professionals to adapt to the new demands being made in the learning of languages and to successfully confront the challenges of a dynamic market which is in constant change and evolution and which has new technological challenges and new student profiles and a globalised public.

    The course programme can be found on the website of the Complutense Summer Courses.  There will be sessions given by experts in the field of foreign language teaching: “Tools and resources for a new approach to teaching”; “New perspectives on the teaching of foreign languages: student internet consumption habits” and “Challenges of language tourism: the new global scene and the new profile of the language student”.

    The talks will be followed by round table discussions attended by representatives of different organisations involved in the spread of languages – cultural institutions, media companies, publishers:  “How to adapt to the new reality and necessities”; “Answers to the new ways of access to learning” and “Knowledge and recogniition of languages in the professional environment,”

    The aim is to get together a variety of people from the sphere of language teaching and learning and by studying their experiences and ideas contribute to a dialogue which will benefit the work which we are all carrying out, the teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language.  Enrolment is now open.

    Image credits: Periodista digital.



    Se trata de reunir a una variedad de personas del ámbito de la enseñanza y el aprendizaje de lenguas que, mediante la exposición de sus experiencias y opiniones, contribuyan a un diálogo enriquecedor que redunde en beneficio de la labor que entre todos llevamos a cabo, la enseñanza del español como lengua extranjera. La matriculación ya está abierta.

    Créditos de la imagen: Periodista digital.

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