Velvet: Spanish TV Series Available on Netflix

Glitz, glamour, romance, class conflict and tragedy – the Spanish television series Velvet has it all. Galerías Velvet is a family-run department store in 1950s Madrid. As the first-born son, Alberto stands to inherit the business. However, his family sends him away to school when they discover he is in love with Ana, a dressmaker who works tirelessly to outfit Madrid’s fashion elite in Velvet’s haute couture. Will love prevail…?

The first three seasons of Velvet are currently available on Netflix and are a fun way to keep up with your Spanish comprehension skills over the summer. Here’s a trailer from Season One. Enjoy!


Twitter en español

“Tuitear,” “tuit,” “tuiteo” and “tuitero” are all Twitter-related words formally recognized by the Real Academia Española and included in its dictionary. If you are on Twitter or would like to start, there is a wide range of Spanish-language accounts you can follow. In no particular order, here are our favorites. (You can also access these by visiting – or better yet, following – Prof. Martha Davis on Twitter. You can find her at @ProfaDavis.)

El Tiempo Latino

Washington Hispanic

BBC Mundo

The Hispanic Council

Daniel Alarcón (host of NPR’s podcast “Radio Ambulante”)

Lead with Languages (this one isn’t in Spanish, but there are some inspiring stories and informational articles)

Museo Sorrolla

Biblioteca Nacional

Museo del Prado

Real Academia Española

Spain (This one isn’t in Spanish either but it has amazing photos that will make you want to drop everything and travel there!)



Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico)

Instituto Cervantes


Jorge Ramos

Spanish-Language Podcast

Looking for a way to maintain your Spanish listening skills over the summer? Check out Radio Ambulante, a weekly podcast from NPR that covers stories from Latin America and the U.S. Recent episodes have included a two-part, heart-wrenching tale of the toll that unregulated elective plastic surgery takes on patients and their loved as well as growing up as an immigrant in the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. There are several ways to listen:

Listen to it anywhere and everywhere. Pause, rewind and repeat as necessary. 

Are You a Heritage Spanish Speaker?

Do you speak Spanish at home?
¿Hablas español in casa?

Are you a Spanish-English bilingual?
¿Eres bilingüe?

Do you want to improve your Spanish?
¿Quieres mejorar tu español? 

Do you want to prepare for your career?
¿Te quieres preparar para tu carrera? 

SPA 205: Spanish for Heritage Speakers I may be the right course for you! It is designed for students who already have some background in the language. The main objectives for the course are to (re-)familiarize yourself with the written form of the language and to expand on your existing knowledge of Spanish-speaking cultures. The course also focuses on reading comprehension, spelling, and key grammatical structures that will help students to strategically construct well-written texts tailored to their needs. Students will explore the past and present of Spanish-speaking societies in order to further enrich their knowledge of this heritage. Non-heritage speakers with the appropriate level are also welcome.

For more information, contact Prof. Martha Davis at

SPA 205: Spanish for Heritage Speakers I (3 cr)
MW 12:30-1:55 p.m.
14-week course begins September 6, 2017
Class ID 19946

New Course for Fall 2017: SPA 115

New Spanish Course for Fall 2017!

SPA 115-335A
Intensive Beginning Spanish I
Course # 37786 (5 Credits)
Tuesdays & Thursdays
11:00 a.m. – 1:35 p.m.

14-week course begins September 5 

An intensive review of Spanish 101 and 102, this course is designed for students who have had some Spanish instruction or exposure to the language. Upon successful completion of the course students may take Intermediate Spanish I (SPA 201).

Contact Prof. Martha Davis

The Butterfly Effect: Cajal as Catalyst

The Divisions of Liberal Arts and Mathematics, Science & Engineering Present:

The Butterfly Effect: Cajal as Catalyst
by Rebecca Kamen
Artist and Former NOVA Professor

Tuesday, November 8
11:00 AM-12:15 PM

A Presentation of Art Inspired by Spanish Neuroscientist and 1906 Nobel Laureate Santiago Ramón y Cajal.

For more information contact Prof. Martha Davis at



SCOLA Subscription Available for Free to NOVA Students, Faculty and Staff

SCOLA is an online compendium of international radio and television programming, print materials, photos and videos in more than 175 languages, 65% of which is not available elsewhere on the Internet. NOVA’s faculty, staff and students can enjoy access to SCOLA as part of a college-wide one-year subscription made possible by a NOVA software request.

To log on and browse the resources, go to The username is “NVCC” and the password, which is case sensitive, is “SCOLA.” You may also add SCOLA’s mobile app to your iPhone, iPad or Android device.

If you have questions or would like an informational flyer to distribute to your students, please contact Prof. Martha Davis at


Monthly Conversation Group

The Hodge Language Center at NOVA Alexandria proudly presents Spanish Language Conversation Groups.

Come to the Hodge Language Center to meet Alejandra González!

A native of Mexico and Professor of Spanish as a Second Language, Prof. González has volunteered to help students learn, review, and practice speaking this semester.

Beginner group 10:00-11:00 AM
Intermediate group 11:30 AM-12:30 PM

Friday, September 30
Friday, October 14
Friday, November 11

Hodge Language Center (AA 160)

Contact Prof. Martha Davis for more information