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Challenge to Spanish Causes Outcry

Last month, Spain’s eighth education law in democratic history was passed by congress while creating a storm of anger and protest. One of the most controversial aspects of the bill is the elimination of a passage stating that Castilian Spanish (Castellano) is the “vehicular language” of Spain. Right wing commentators view this as a concession…

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The Other Spanish Golden Age

Students encounter excellent cultural references in today’s Spanish language textbooks. Striking photographs, stunning videos, and authentic materials bring the art, music, cuisine, and literature of the Spanish-speaking world to learners. But where are the cultural vignettes and references linked to the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields? Specifically, a topic absent from these cultural…

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Elite Language Students Focus on Community Service

Even during these challenging times, language students contribute to the greater good. I recently attended (via Zoom, of course) the award ceremony of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispáncia (SHH). The SHH is the nationally recognized honor society for Spanish and Portuguese high school students. It is part of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and…

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Spanish Propaganda Floods Florida

In the run-up to the election, Spanish speakers in the battleground state of Florida are being targeted by misinformation campaigns designed to sway their votes. According to Sabrina Rodríguez and Marc Caputo (Politico, Sept. 14, 2020), an onslaught of anti-Biden disinformation “is inundating Spanish-speaking residents of South Florida ahead of election day, clogging their WhatsApp…

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Miami Herald’s Spanish-Language Newspaper Causes Controversy Over Anti-Semitic Insert, Editor Resigns

This week, editors at The Miami Herald and its Spanish-language cohort, El Nuevo Herald, apologized to readers over a Spanish-language insert that said American Jews support “thieves and arsonists” and compared Black Lives Matter protesters to Nazis. The editors said they were “deeply sorry” for the column that was posted in an insert in the…

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New Institute to Promote Mexican Spanish and Culture

In a videoconference on Monday, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard announced a new institution to protect and promote the Spanish language in the U.S. The César Chávez Digital Institute will also encourage research and be a sounding board against racial discrimination and hate crimes, and was announced on the anniversary of the 2019 El Paso…

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Alternativas – Spanish Study Abroad

Instituto Superior de Español (Ecuador) At Instituto Superior de Español (ISE), they believe passionately that to learn Spanish it’s not enough to simply attend classes. For more than 31 years, they have been teaching people of all ages and running a school unlike any other—one which offers Spanish immersion programs so people from all over…

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Spanish on the rise in the United Kingdom

Despite Brexit raising concerns about isolation and lack of interest in other cultures, Spanish is becoming more popular in Britain and it could soon be the most studied foreign language at school level if current trends continue. The popularity of foreign languages in British schools has been decreasing since 2004 after the government’s decision to…

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Spanish in the World

Last month, the Instituto Cervantes launched its yearbook, Spanish in the World 2019, with the latest data showing that a total of 580 million people speak Spanish (7.6% of the world’s population). Of these, 483 million are native Spanish speakers, which makes Spanish the second mother tongue in the world by number of speakers. In…