Music Recommendations from SPA 202 Students

Listening to music in Spanish is a great way to strengthen your oral comprehension skills, expand your vocabulary and reinforce grammar…plus it’s fun! Recently, Spanish 202 students at the Alexandria Campus compiled the following list of their favorite Spanish-language artists (some of whom also sing in English). Happy listening!

Sebastián Yatra


Becky G.







Spanish Language Exchange on Monday, November 19th at 2:30 p.m. in AA234

Save the date! The inaugural meeting of the Spanish Language Exchange will be held on Monday, November 19th at 2:30 p.m. in AA234 (the ASC Annex). All Spanish language learners are invited to come practice their Spanish conversation skills with native and near-native speakers. Snacks and refreshments will be served.

Questions? Please contact Prof. Martha Davis (

¡Feliz Día de los Muertos!

Why not celebrate Día de los Muertos with a visit to the Mexican Cultural Institute? Housed in a beautiful mansion listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Mexican Cultural Institute is located at 2829 16th St., NW in Washington, D.C.

According to their website:

“This year’s special rendition of the day of the dead altar, titled “They Silence Us”, was prepared by Irene Clouthier, Mexican artist based in Washington, D.C., in collaboration with artists María Freixas, Enrique Quiroz Sanchez and Marta Pita. The altar is dedicated to the women worldwide who have lost their lives due to violence.

Irene Clouthier’s work is about recreating stories in artificial places. She uses plastic objects in her images to create unexpected relationships between the object and its surroundings. Clouthier’s work unfolds from the notion of childhood, related to memory and the idealization of remembrances.

The altar will be on display through November 16. The Mexican Cultural Institute welcomes guests to view the altar Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 to 4 p.m.”

For more information, please visit

Spanish-Language Series on Netflix

Tamar Novas, Fran Lareu, Javier Rey, Chechu Salgado, and Cristina Iglesias in Fariña (2018)

Looking for a fun way to sharpen your Spanish oral comprehension skills? Why not check out one or more of these Spanish-language Netflix shows. Let us know what you think!

La sonata del tiempo
Casa de papel
La catedral del mar
Amor en tiempos de guerra
El internado
Las chicas del cable
Gran Hotel

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program Presentation Coming to AL on Nov. 1st

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program is an intensive summer language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. A program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, CLS is part of a U.S. government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages.

To hear more about the CLS program, please attend the program presentation in AA160 on Thursday, November 1st. 

Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study and apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

Benefits of the CLS Program:

  • Full scholarship covers all travel, tuition, housing, and a living stipend for the summer.
  • Undergraduate academic credit for a year’s worth of language classes.
  • Non-competitive eligibility for U.S. government jobs for up to three years after program completion.
  • Scholars build cross-cultural communication, critical thinking, and problem solving skills in an immersive environment abroad.Find out more and apply online at

CLS Languages:

Arabic*, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese*, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese*, Korean, Persian*, Portuguese*, Punjabi, Russian*, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu

* Some previous language experience required

Applications due November 27th.

S.A.L.S.A. Meeting Today (and every Wednesday!) at 3:30 p.m. in AA 293

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Displaying IMG-20181003-WA0080.jpgLooking to join a fun and dynamic club? Look no further than S.A.L.S.A. (Spanish American Latino Student Association)! S.A.L.S.A. meets every Wednesday on the Alexandria Campus from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Their meeting this week will be in AA 293 (Bisdorf Building) and they will be doing some sports activities. Come see what they are all about. (Hint: there is always dancing!) All NOVA students are welcome.



Critical Languages Scholarship Information Session at AN on October 10th at 1:00

The Critical Languages Scholarship (CLS) is a U.S. government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical languages such as Arabic, Hindi, Portuguese and many more. The full scholarships cover all travel, housing, tuition and a living stipend for the intensive summer language program.

Interested in learning more? The Annandale Campus is hosting a CLS information session on Wednesday, October 10 at 1:00 p.m. in CS 129. Unable to attend? Please visit the CLS web site at

Hispanic Heritage Month Film Festival Finale Tuesday

The Hispanic Heritage Month Film Festival concludes Tuesday with the presentation of the Cuban documentary, Return to Cuba, in AA196 at 7:30 p.m. Profs. Lori Ward and Peter Ruffner, veteran travellers to Cuba, will moderate the post-screening discussion.

Shot over three years, Return to Cuba chronicles Barbara Ramos’s return to Cuba after living 18 years in Italy. The film shows what her life there is like after Fidel Castro’s death and in the wake of Raul Castro’s liberal reforms.

“The film paints an insightful insider’s view of Cuba, unlike the plethora of quaint travelogues or the oft-clichéd political analyses usually emanating from the country.” – Bill Brownstein, MONTREAL GAZETTE


Hispanic Heritage Month Film Festival Continues on Tuesday

Thank you to everyone who came on Wednesday to see and discuss “Julieta,” the first film in our series celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Our next film, “Esperando la carroza” (“Waiting for the Hearse”) will be shown on Tuesday, September 25th at 7:30 p.m. in AA196. The 1985 Argentine comedy, now considered a cult classic, is an adaptation of the play written by Jacobo Langsner, a Romanian-Uruguayan. Be sure to stay for the post-screening discussion led by Prof. Carlos Schroder.

Questions? Please contact Prof. Martha Davis at

Hispanic Heritage Month Film Festival Begins Wednesday

Come celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and see what critics have called “sumptuous and heartbreaking” (The Guardian) and “scrupulous, compassionate and surprising” (The New York Times). Wednesday, September 19th from 2-5:00 p.m. in AA 196, the Division of Languages, Arts and Social Sciences proudly presents Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar’s, 2016 film “Julieta.” The film, based on short stories by Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro, features Emma Suárez in a Goya award-winning role. Be sure to stay for the post-screening discussion led by Prof. Martha Davis.

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