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We wish you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS & happy New Year!

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Los reyes Magos

On 24th December we are having a great dinner with the whole family, doing some games at home and enjoing a great party night which lasts most untill sunrise… Most typical plate for x-mas includs sea food, king prawns, lobsters and almonds. And not to forget the sweets like Turrón, Polvorón, Mazapan and Roscón de Reyes. It’s similar to stirred cake with candied fruit and 2 presents inside like ceramic figure and a bean. The one who find it (bean) has to pay the cake for all guests. 😉

Epiphany (Los Reyes Magos, 6th January) is also a very special day in Spain, because it’s presents day! Los Reyes Magos are bringing x-mas presents during the night before to the children which works like Santa Claus. A few weeks prior the kids are ‘sending’ them a list of wishes and can’t wait for that night/day.

Another important custom is Christmas Lottery which take place some weeks before and is the ‘most important’ in Spain. Lottery drawing is on 22th December. It costs round 20 €.

The same goes with New Year’s Eve…. As a lot of our actual students know there exists the only original ‘Nochevieja Universitaria’ in Salamanca which always take place the last thursday before x-mas. It is nearly working like real New Year’s Eve on 30th December, but because of less students in town and the need of a farewell party from students they invented it.

Spanish dinner

Since a few years there is a big party at Plaza Mayor with thousands of students, bands from Salamanca, typical chimes at 12 and not to forget the most important: eating 12 jelly babies during bell-ringing, standing for good luck for the following year (12 grapes at 30th December)!
After it the party is going on in most bars from Salamanca till the early morning…. Furthermore it works like a big reunion for all ‘old’ Erasmus students and it is a great reason for coming back again!

And last but not least we are relaxing some more days… So enjoy your days at home, let’s have a great HAPPY NEW YEAR and dont forget to sleep a bit for beeing ready when school starts again on 3rd January 2011!

¡Nos vemos pronto!

Salamanca and its history (part 1 / 2)

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

The city of Helmantika, which would later become Salamanca, was founded in the 4th Century AD by the Celts as a fortress town. The Romans soon took the town during their northern advances. With its ideal location, Helmantika became an important communications link for the Gold Route, a natural passage that, from the antiquity onwards, ran along the east of the Iberian Peninsula. The name Helmantica was changed to Salamantica, which in turn became the Salamanca of today.

Roman bridge in Salamanca, click to enlarge it

In the 8th Century, during the Muslim invasion, Musa Ubh Nusair conquered the city. Throughout the Early Middle Ages, Salamanca was a no-mans land: the area remained practically uninhabited until the battle of Simancas (939), when a few small settlements appeared along the river Tormes; however, only after the reconquest of Toledo by Alfonso VI, in 1085, was the city repopulated; French, Mozarabs, Spaniards, Portuguese, Jews… The first bishop of the diocese of Salamanca was bishop Jerónimo of Perigord, the famous bishop Jerónimo of the Poema de Mío Cid (the Lay of the Cid), who always wore a crucifix into battle.

It was at this point that construction started on Salamanca’s cathedral, whose final stone possibly has still not been laid. The cathedrals are like mythical creatures, which have undergone various mutations throughout the years… Schools began to spread around the original temple, from which grew the university. After the Christian Reconquest, in the 8th Century, King Alfonso IX founded the university of Salamanca, which was ratified by Pope Alexander in 1255.

Salamanca Cathedral

Salamanca's Cathedral detail, click to enlarge image

In the 15th Century, the city was divided in two: the parish of Saint Benito and the parish of Saint Tome. The tensions between the two became known as the Guera de los Bandos: in one of the numerous confrontations the sons of dame Maria Rodriguez de Monroy “the Brave” died at the hands of a rival family. Maria followed her sons’ murderers as far as Portugal, where she beheaded them and laid their heads on the tombs of her dead sons at the church of Saint Tome in Salamanca.

Thanks to a definitive effort by the Mesta (a powerful association of sheep holders in the medieval Kingdom of Castile), Salamanca became the centre of woollen production and began to export wool. At the end of this century one of the most important cultural events in Spanish history took place in Salamanca: in 1492 Elio Antonio de Nebrija created the first Spanish grammar – the first study of the rules of a western-European language that was not Latin. Also in the 15th Century in Salamanca, the Latin American Beatriz Galindo became the first woman in the world to attend university. She would go on to become Queen Isabel the Catholic’s teacher.

Christopher Columbus proposed his first voyage to America in Salamanca in the 15th Century, where he obtained the support of the Dominican Fathers, who let him stay up in the beautiful convent of San Esteban. The staff of the University of Salamanca met in council to discuss his project, and the astronomer Abraham Zacuto (from Salamanca) became the Genoese navigator’s great scientific supporter.

La voz de Mester de Marzo ’09

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Cultural Program of Mester Salamanca

lunes, 02/03/09
16:00 Visita guiada a la ciudad
16:00 Película “Cindarela Man”
18:00 Conferencia de Historia “Absolutistas y Liberales”
19:00 Conferencia de Arte “El Greco”
20:00 Ruta de Tapas
(7 Euros • mínimo 15 alumnos)
22:30 Fiesta de Bienvenida en Camelot
24:00 Fin de la fiesta

martes, 03/03/09
16:00 Película. Cine Español “El Laberinto del Fauno”
17:00 Curso Semanal de Salsa (5 Euros • mínimo 10 alumnos)
18:00 Conferencia de Historia “Revolución y Restauración”
19:00 Conferencia de Arte “Velázquez”

miércoles, 04/03/09
15:30 Excursión a Sierra de Béjar (15 Euros • mínimo 20 alumnos)
20:00 Llegada a Salamanca
16:00 Conferencia de Cultura “La Sociedad Española Actual”
17:00 Película. Ciclo Pedro Almodóvar “Todo sobre mi Madre”
17:00 Curso Semanal de Salsa
18:00 Clase de Guitarra Española (15 Euros • mínimo 2 alumnos)
22:30 Intercambio en Erasmus

jueves, 05/03/09
16:00 Conferencia de Literatura
La Generación del 98
17:00 Película “Tirano Banderas”
16:00 Clase de Sevillanas (2 Euros • mínimo 10 alumnos)
17:00 Curso Semanal de Salsa
18:00 Clase de Cocina
(2 Euros • mínimo 10 alumnos)
20:00 Cena Típica
(12 Euros • mínimo 25 alumnos)

viernes, 06/03/09
16:00 Salamanca Monumental (3 Euros • mínimo 10 alumnos)
“Edificio histórico de la Universidad”
16:00 Tenis (mínimo 10 alumnos)
17:00 Curso Semanal de Salsa

sábado, 07/03/09
10:00 Excursión a Zamora (30 Euros • mínimo 20 alumnos)
20:00 Llegada a Salamanca

domingo, 08/03/09
09:00 Excursión a La Alberca y Ciudad Rodrigo
(25 Euros • mínimo 20 alumnos)
20:00 Llegada a Salamanca

lunes, 16/03/09
16:00 Visita guiada a la ciudad
16:00 Película: “La última Noche”
18:00 Conferencia de Historia: “La Guerra Civil”
19:00 Conferencia de Arte: “Goya”
22:30 Fiesta de Bienvenida en Camelot
24:00 Fin de la fiesta

martes, 17/03/09
16:00 Película. Cine Español: “Te Doy mis Ojos”
17:00 Curso Semanal de Salsa (5 Euros • mínimo 10 alumnos)
18:00 Conferencia de Historia: “El Franquismo”
19:00 Conferencia de Arte: Picasso
20:00 Ruta de Tapas (7 Euros • mínimo 15 alumnos)

miércoles, 18/03/09
15:30 Monta a Caballo (Horseback ridding)
(35 Euros • mínimo 5 alumnos)
20:00 Llegada a Salamanca
16:00 Conferencia de Cultura “El Flamenco”
17:00 Película. Ciclo Pedro Almodóvar “La Mala Educación”
17:00 Curso Semanal de Salsa
18:00 Clase de Guitarra Española (15 Euros • mínimo 2 alumnos)
22:30 Intercambio en Erasmus

jueves, 19/03/09
16:00 Conferencia de Literatura “La Novela de Preguerra”
17:00 Película “Valentina. Crónica del Alba”
16:00 Clase de Sevillanas (2 Euros • mínimo 10 alumnos)
17:00 Curso Semanal de Salsa
18:00 Clase de Cocina (2 Euros • mínimo 10 alumnos)
20:00 Cena Típica (12 Euros • mínimo 25 alumnos)

viernes, 20/03/09
16:00 Salamanca Monumental (2 Euros • mínimo 10 alumnos)
“Conventos”
16:00 Tenis (mínimo 10 alumnos)
17:00 Curso Semanal de Salsa

sábado, 21/03/09
07:00 Excursión a Toledo (30 Euros • mínimo 20 alumnos)
20:00 Llegada a Salamanca

domingo, 22/03/09
08:00 Excursión a Cáceres (30 Euros • mínimo 20 alumnos)
20:00 Llegada a Salamanca

lunes, 09/03/09
16:00 Visita guiada a la ciudad
16:00 Película “Munich”
18:00 Conferencia de Historia
La Dictadura de Primo de Rivera
19:00 Conferencia de Arte Ribera
22:30 Fiesta de Bienvenida en Camelot
24:00 Fin de la fiesta
20:00 Ruta de Tapas (7 Euros • mínimo 15 alumnos)

martes, 10/03/09
16:00 Película. Cine Español “Los Dos Lados de la Cama”
17:00 Curso Semanal de Salsa (5 Euros • mínimo 10 alumnos)
18:00 Conferencia de Historia “La Segunda República”
19:00 Conferencia de Arte “Zurbarán”

miércoles, 11/03/09
15:30 Excursión a Los Arribes del Duero
(15 Euros • mínimo 20 alumnos)
20:00 Llegada a Salamanca
16:00 Conferencia de Cultura “Historia del Cine Español”
17:00 Película. Ciclo Pedro Almodóvar “Hable con Ella”
17:00 Curso Semanal de Salsa
18:00 Clase de Guitarra Española (15 Euros • mínimo 2 alumnos)
22:30 Intercambio en Erasmus

jueves, 12/03/09
16:00 Conferencia de Literatura “La Generación del 27″
17:00 Película “La Casa de Bernarda Alba”
16:00 Clase de Sevillanas (2 Euros • mínimo 10 alumnos)
17:00 Curso Semanal de Salsa
18:00 Clase de Cocina (2 Euros • mínimo 10 alumnos)
20:00 Bolos y Cena Brasileña (15 Euros • mínimo 25 alumnos)

viernes, 13/03/09
16:00 Salamanca Monumental (3 Euros • mínimo 10 alumnos)
Catedrales
16:00 Piscina (3 euros • mínimo 10 alumnos)
17:00 Curso Semanal de Salsa

sábado, 14/03/09
08:00 Excursión a Burgos (30 Euros • mínimo 20 alumnos)
20:00 Llegada a Salamanca

domingo, 15/03/09
08:00 Excursión a El Escorial-Valle de los Caídos
(30 Euros • mínimo 20 alumnos)
20:00 Llegada a Salamanca

lunes, 23/03/09
16:00 Visita guiada a la ciudad
16:00 Película “Sin City”
18:00 Conferencia de Historia “De las Raíces a la Hispania Romana”
19:00 Conferencia de Arte “La Transición a la Democracia”
22:30 Fiesta de Bienvenida en Camelot
24:00 Fin de la fiesta
20:00 Ruta de Tapas (7 Euros • mínimo 15 alumnos)

martes, 24/03/09
16:00 Película. Cine Español “El Capitán Alatriste”
17:00 Curso Semanal de Salsa (5 Euros • mínimo 10 alumnos)
18:00 Conferencia de Historia “La Década Socialista”
19:00 Conferencia de Arte “Miró”

miércoles, 25/03/09
15:30 Paintball (35 Euros • mínimo 20 alumnos)
20:00 Llegada a Salamanca
16:00 Conferencia de Cultura “Las Corridas de Toros”
17:00 Película. Ciclo Pedro Almodóvar “Volver”
17:00 Curso Semanal de Salsa
18:00 Clase de Guitarra Española (15 Euros • mínimo 2 alumnos)
22:30 Intercambio en Erasmus

jueves, 26/03/09
16:00 Conferencia de Literatura “La Novela de Posguerra”
17:00 Película “La Colmena”
16:00 Clase de Sevillanas (2 Euros • mínimo 10 alumnos)
17:00 Curso Semanal de Salsa
18:00 Clase de Cocina (2 Euros • mínimo 10 alumnos)
20:00 Cena Típica (12 Euros • mínimo 25 alumnos)

viernes, 27/03/09
16:00 Salamanca Monumental: Museo del Comercio
(2 Euros • mínimo 10 alumnos)
16:00 Piscina (3 euros • mínimo 10 alumnos)
17:00 Curso Semanal de Salsa

sábado, 28/03/09
08:00 Excursión a Ávila y Segovia (30 Euros • mínimo 20 alumnos)
20:00 Llegada a Salamanca

domingo, 29/03/09
08:00 Excursión a Madrid (30 Euros • mínimo 20 alumnos)
20:00 Llegada a Salamanca

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Mester offers 15 scholarships for non-native Spanish teachers in Salamanca, Spain!

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Regardless of your years of experience this course is designed to improve your teaching methods and refresh your Spanish, whilst enjoying the city of Salamanca and discovering something new and exciting!

salamanca View

Salamanca View

The scholarship includes all program fees of instruction, social and cultural activities, and airport transfers Madrid-Salamanca-Madrid. Applicants will only be responsible for their accommodation, which we can help to organise.

The scholarships are available for 1 or 2 weeks and are for non-native Spanish teachers currently working in America.

The course consists of 4 daily lessons. The first one is dedicated to review grammatical structures and analyze different teaching methods used to teach these structures. In the second lesson we examine the concept of teaching and learning Spanish as a second language.

Spanish Teachers

Spanish Teachers

The third and fourth lessons are workshops which include communication techniques, original ways of using language laboratories, the use of new technologies in language learning and teaching, and the creation of “personal teaching materials”.

Participants must send an application letter explaining their main reasons to participate in the program, their preferred dates to participate, an updated CV (including information of their experience as educators) and a letter from their Head of Department explaining their teaching responsibilities.

For more information check out www.mester.org/scholarship .

Let Mester introduce you to our new social networks!

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

Mester changes with the times and we don’t want to be the last to get up to date with the new technologies, so we are developing a series of groups and profiles that’ll help us keep in touch with all our students, new and old!

Spanish Students

Spanish Courses Students

At the moment we have groups on Facebook, twiter, youtube and orkut (for Brasil): The websites to look at if you want to join our communities are:

Spanish Courses Videos in youtube (Group)

Mester Courses Group

Orkut Group link (Brasil)

From these you can look up our most important events, contact old students, friends and teachers. It’s a direct line to us where you can ask any questions, share photos and look at photos we have of our schools and events, check the latest from us and have a quick look at our videos and leave us your comments and feedback.
We’re waiting for you on our websites, cheer up and come and see us on facebook, youtube or orkut!