Save the Date: Spanish Language Exchange, February 19th, 1:15-2:00 p.m.

The Spanish Language Exchange returns to the Alexandria Campus! All levels of Spanish speakers are welcome to join us on Tuesday, February 19th from 1:15-2:00 p.m. in the ASC Annex (AA234). Light refreshments will be served. Please save the date.

Questions? Contact Prof. Martha Davis at

Looking for a Few (100,000 or so) Good Teachers

A number of states, including Virginia, currently face a critical shortage of language teachers. According to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, “by 2025, there could be a hiring gap of 100,000 teachers annually.”

Learn more about the requirements to become a language teacher in Virginia by visiting, checking out school districts’ (e.g. Fairfax County Public Schools, Alexandria Public Schools) sites and talking to your counselor, advisor and/or a NOVA language professor. We need you!

Are you interested in a career switch? Information on alternate paths to licensure can be found here:

Kanopy Video: Free Spanish language movies for NOVA students

Acquiring proficiency in a language is like honing any other skill: it requires individual as well as group practice. Just as athletes should run and lift weights on their own when not at practice or games and musicians must practice their instruments outside of rehearsals and performances, language learners grow by listening to the language outside of class.

A fun and free way to do so is by watching movies through the online video streaming site, Kanopy Video. Simply log on with your MyNova username and password and you can enjoy a plethora of Spanish language movies (all with subtitles).

In no particular order, here are some of our favorites:

Malacrianza (El Salvador), Pelo malo (Venezuela), Ixcanul (Guatemala), Return to Cuba, Pequeñas mentiras piadosas (Cuba) and Las analfabetas (Chile).

You can also browse “Global Studies & Languages,” “Latin American Studies” for more titles. (For movies from Spain, search under “European/Baltic Studies.”


Felicidades a los ganadores de “Mejor comercial”

Prof. Davis’s Spanish 101 students ended the semester by presenting “informercials” on a wide variety of original products and services. Then, students voted for the “Comercial más convincente” (“Most Convincing Comercial”).

Congratulations to this semester’s award winners, Ashley Torres, David Adams and Sarah Olsen, pictured above, for their informercial, “La Cartera.” ¡Felicidades!

Is SPA 206 Right for Me?

NOVA offers two 200-level courses, SPA 205 and SPA 206, specifically designed for heritage speakers. A heritage speaker typically is someone who was raised in a Spanish speaking home and who may or may not have received formal instruction in the language. Non-heritage students who have advanced language skills, such as those who have been educated in a dual language school and/or lived in Latin America or Spain may be candidates for the course, too. Students who excelled in their previous Spanish courses (through SPA 202), were able to contribute to class discussions in Spanish and were highly motivated also have enjoyed success in the heritage classes at NOVA.

The Spanish for Heritage Speaker courses are designed to help students polish their written and oral expression in Spanish and expand their knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world. SPA 206 will be offered as a 14-week course for Spring 2019 and will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30-1:50 p.m. at the Alexandria Campus. It is not necessary to have taken SPA 205 to take 206.

To confirm your placement in SPA 206 for Spring 2019, please take the placement test at the Alexandria Campus Testing Center in AA156. Additional information, including the testing center calendar, can be found here:

Questions? Please contact Prof. Martha Davis at

Spanish E-Books and Audio Books Available through Alexandria Public Library

Alexandria Library now offers more than 1,000 Spanish e-books and audiobooks through Odilo. You can read and listen to the books on your mobile device or computer without having to download any additional software. Titles include bestsellers, biographies, cookbooks and more. Simply visit and enter your library card number.

Happy Reading!

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

Calling all Spanish speakers and language learners! You are cordially invited to the inaugural Spanish Language Exchange at the Alexandria Campus on Monday, November 19 from 2:30-3:15 p.m. Light refreshments will be served and interesting conversationalists will be on hand. We hope to see you there!

Questions? Please contact Prof. Martha Davis at

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.