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Hispanic Day

Dr William RowlandsonMore than 60 sixth form pupils from schools in Kent have signed-up for Hispanic Day at the University of Kent’s Canterbury campus on Wednesday 24 November.

The event, which has been organised by the Hispanic Studies section of the University’s School of European Culture and Languages (SECL), will give them an opportunity to explore Hispanic languages and culture as well as gain some insight into undergraduate study, including the advanced module on translation and interpreting skills.

Specially designed workshops will cover a range of topics, including: Spanish art, Patagonia and the Spanish regions of the Balearic Islands and Andalucia.

Fourth year Hispanic Studies students will also talk about their experiences of the Year Abroad option at the universities of Salamanca and Madrid, and there will be a guest speaker from Castilla y Leon, giving a presentation on the history, culture and language learning opportunities in Spain.

The sixth-formers will also have an opportunity to explore the section’s range of TV satellite channels and audio, video and computer-assisted language learning facilities.

Dr William Rowlandson, Head of Hispanic Studies, will give the opening talk. He said: ‘I look forward to welcoming such a large group of enthusiastic young people to what promises to be an informative and fun event. I would encourage them to take this opportunity to learn as much as possible about the Centre and the study of modern languages, including the many benefits it brings – from improving one’s knowledge of one’s own native language to opportunities for employment.’

Hispanic Studies at the University of Kent offers full and part-time programmes for beginners as well as those with GCSE or A-level Spanish. It also offers courses in the Catalan language and culture and Portuguese.

The schools attending Hispanic Day are: Canterbury College, Pent Valley Technology School (Folkestone), Rainham Mark Grammar School, Clarendon House Grammar School (Ramsgate) and Maidstone Girls’ Grammar School.


Story published at 12:11pm 23 November 2010

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