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The different activities in Granada , Seville and Salamanca. With pictures about the Students taking part.


Do you want to try some “tapas”?

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Jamón Serrano

As part of our cultural program every week we take a trip to some of the various bars and cafés in the town in which you are studying, where you’ll have a chance to sample some of the most delicious food on offer. This is usually typical to the region and tapas reflect the traditions of each area of Spain.
Tapas are a huge Spanish custom and a big part of the social life. They are small snack foods served with coffee, refreshments, beer or wine in the bars and cafés. It’s a great trip for getting to know some of the new students each week and sampling the local food.

Salamanca, Tapas Tour

In Salamanca the Tapas tour is running during November every Tuesday and is 7 euros. See the latest issue of La Voz for information. We even offer weekly cookery classes to show you how to make some of the traditional tapas we taste on the weekly trip!

The Spanish language, an asset upward in the world

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

From 1995, the demand of this type of tourism has been increased to an approximated rate of an annual 10%. In 2006, about 150,000 tourists traveled to Spain with a total cost of 255 million Euros. The education offer of Spanish for foreigners in Spain is divided between private centers ( 325 schools for a 80% of the students) and public universities, with more than 40 centers than they take care of the rest.

The importance of having a discussion, analyze and conclude about the value of these economic resources related to the Spanish language, about the present and future strategies of this potential business. That is the objective of the “Congreso Internacional sobre el valor del idioma español”, that will be celebrated in Salamanca from the 24 to the 26 of November (2008).

You can check the program here:

Monday 24 of November
08,30 h Reception and inscription of the participants and delivery of documentation.
slow down-coffee
10.00 – 12.00 h Official inauguration

The role of public institutions in the promotion and dissemination of language.

D. Juan Vicente Herrera, president of the Meeting of Castile and Leon

The role of the Institute Cervantes in the promotion and diffusion of the Spanish in the world

Mrs Carmen Caffarel, director of the Cervantes Institute

Spain, Target destination of the tourism related to the learning of the Spanish
D. Joan Mesquida, Secretary of State of Tourism

12,00 h Pause
12.30 – 14.00 h Thematic panels

Room 1:

The tourism associated to the Spanish: economic possibilities and benefits
Conductor: D. Jose Antonio Carrasco, president of the Spanish Association of Professionals of the Tourism.

The tourist product related to the education of the Spanish in Spain: the international demand

D. Antonio Bernabé García, director of Turespaña

The tourism related to the language: a business in expansion
D. Mauro Biondi, president of STOP (Association of language Travel Organization)

Room 2:

The education of the Spanish for foreigners in Spain: situation and challenges

Conductor: D. Julio Fermoso, ex- director of the University of Salamanca and President of ‘Caja Duero’

University program of ELE education
D. Juan Felipe García Santos, expert in Spanish language and director of International Courses of the University of Salamanca

The Spanish for foreigners, a business in rise

D. Francisco Perez, president of FEDELE (Spanish Federación of Schools of Spanish like Language

The Spanish, The second language more studied of the world

D. José María Izquierdo, president of the Federation Internacional of Associations of Professors of Spanish

The academic training and employment in Spanish like foreign language in Spain

Dña. Eulalia Bombareli González, technician of ECYL.

The expansive attraction of the Spanish in the Anglo-Saxon world

D. Carlos Vega, president of APUNE (Association of North American University Programs in Spain)

The international perspective about education of the Spanish,

D. Francisco Moreno Fernández. academic director of the Cervantes Institute

14.00 – 16.00 h Lunch for assistants
16.30 – 18.00 h Forum of discusion

Room 1:

The Spanish, a language for the businesses
Conductor and initial presentation:

D. Angel Cabrera , president of Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International Management

The language like competitive advantage in the relations with Latin America

Miguel de la Rosa , director of Acción Institucional para Latinoamérica de Telefónica

The Spanish like new asset in the businesses at international level

Jose Manuel Moreno , director-coordinator of global division Santander Universities and general assistant director of the Santander Group

Room 2:

Thematic panel: Language, leisure and the hotel trade: An attractive tourist and economic one.

Lines of action of the lodgings of rural tourism to attract the linguistic business
Javier Herrera Platero, president of ASETUR (Spanish Association of Rural Tourism)

Miguel Carrera Troyano, professor of Economy applied of the University of Salamanca.

16.30 – 18.30 h Commercial presentations of companies related to the Spanish like tourist resource (OPTIONAL). In parallel, throughout the day tables of hiring will be organized
18.30 h End of the day and optional activities plan
Tuesday 25 of November
10.00 – 11.00 h Conference: “The business of the culture”. Format interviews
11.00 h Coffee Break
11.30 – 12.00 Presentation of study

Chanel Windows

12.00 – 13.30 h Thematic panels

Room 1:New channels for the promotion of the Spanish


D. Miguel Pérez Subías, president of the Association of Users of Internet

Internet, an effective tool for the promotion of the Spanish

Luis Collado, Book person in charge of Google Spain and Portugal

Changes and advantages of the new forms of communication
Javier del Arco Icarabias Méndez, scientific and cultural coordinator of the Foundation Vodafone Spain.

Ramón Tijeras, director of the Virtual Center Cervantes and Informatic and Cervantes TV

The Internet television like channel for the promotion and diffusion of the Spanish

Sergio Gazeau, founder of Lingus TV

Room 2:

Language and economy: international experiences. The Cultural Institutes of England, France and Germany

Presenter and Moderator:

D. Juan Pedro Basterrechea, director of Commercial Management and Development of the Cervantes Institute

The English, a tourist business in England: the management of the Bristish Council
Tony Jones, director of the services of quality of the English of the British Council

The French, bow of union of 56 countries: the paper of the Alliance Française in its international diffusion
D. Pascale Fabre, director of the Alliance Française

13.30 – 15.30 h Rest and Lunch
16.00 – 18.00 h Forum of Debate

Room 1:

Economic benefits derived from the students mobility programs.

The European support to the mobility of students
D. Jose Ramon Alonso. director of the University of Salamanca

The English experience in the education and mobility programs through world.

D. Gerry O’Sullivan, person in charge of the European Programs of The Higher Education Authority.

The mobility programs, a contribution to the cultural and linguistic development of Europe.
Gesa Heym-Halayqa, vicedean of International Subjects of the Office Internacional of the Free University of Berlin.

The promotion of the study of the Spanish in the United Kingdom schools and the promotion of Spain as destiny of linguistic tourism.

Jose Antonio del Tejo, advisor of education of the Spanish embassy in the United Kingdom.

Rafael Bonete, University of Salamanca

Room 2:

Agencies and academies: synergies and competitions

The organization and management of the abroad language courses: the paper of the academies

Dña. Rosa Canela Pique, president of Inlingua

The specialization, key of the supply of the academies

D. Antonio Anadón, president of Enforex

Agencies: The integral management of trips to learn languages
D. Richard Bradford, managing director of Cactus in UK

Accreditation of the quality in the ELE centers

Ane Muñoz, Cervantes Institute

16.00 – 18.00 h Commercial presentations of companies related to the Spanish like tourist resource (OPTIONAL). In parallel, throughout the day tables of hiring will be organized
18.00 h End of the day and optional activities plan
Wednesday 26 of November
10.00 h Conference: “The Hispanic market of mass media”. Format interviews
11.00 h Coffee Break
11.30 – 13.00 h Thematic panels

Room 1:The publishing sector in Hispanic speech

D. Jose Moyano, president of ANELE, National Association of Book Publishers and Training material.

The increasing demand of books and materials of quality for the education of the Spanish language and culture.

D. Emiliano Martinez, president of Santillana Group

Past, present and future of the training materials of the Spanish like foreign language
Carlos Gumpert, director of Sgel

13.00 – 14.00 h Conference.

“The yield of the Spanish like economic resource in the international markets”

D. José Luis García Delgado, ex- director of the University Menéndez Pelayo, maximum responsible of the project “Economic Value of the Spanish: a multinational enterprise ” and Academic member of the Real Academy of Sciences Morals and Policies.

14.00 h Cocktail lunch of Closing

Spanish School Newsletter (Salamanca, October 2008)

Friday, October 17th, 2008

We plan our cultural program with a lot of activities to practice your Spanish in your free time. The majority of this extra curricular activities are free or low cost.

You will get to know the rest of the students and practising Spanish.
Detailed information is available in La Voz, Mester´s own School newsletter.

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