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Salamanca in the snow!

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Salamanca in the snow

This Christmas Spain had loads of snow all over December (and there’s still some falling now!), and Salamanca was no exception.

Anaya in the snow

Anaya in the snow

Elisa took the students on a guided trip around the city to see the sights the morning after a huge snowfall, the city was white! They started at the school and headed down towards the Cathedral stopping off at the main sights on route.

The first pretty square between here and there is the Plaza de la Libertad, normally a lovely green square with nices cafés and restaurants next to the Plaza Mayor, but the day of the trip it was completely white and sparkly! It has some nicer cafés for those who fancy a posh coffee! The next stop is the Plaza Mayor which is right next door. Sadly the christmas tree still wasn’t up but at least it was all snowed over and the christmas lights on the buildings were up.

Veronika and Elisa by the Cathedral

Veronika and Elisa by the Cathedral

Further up the road the next stop is the Casa de Las Conchas, a really nice building covered in shells right next to the Universidad Pontifícia, the religious university which has a really pretty cathedral. Incide Las Conchas there’s a small square where you can go in and have a look, from the upstairs balcony there’s a really pretty view of the top of the Pontifícia.

Just arond the corner there’s the Calle Libreros where the Patio Escuelas is, with the famous University front and the frog! It was even prettier covered in snow and they even made a snowman in the little square!! The trick is to find the frog without being told where it is…

The Cathedral

The Cathedral

This is right next to the Palacio de Anaya, the Filology Faculty of the University and a really old and pretty building, and the Cathedral where the trip ends. The Cathedral is enormous and is actually made up of 2 cathedrals! There’s an older small one with a huge newer cathedral attached, it’s really impressive and well worth a visit. Because of the snow, though, everyone was more interested in playing in Plaza Anaya and attacking each other with snow balls! It was a great day to do the trip around the city and they were lucky with the weather, it’s not often the city is so cold and white!


The group in the Plaza Mayor

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