Center for Spanish Studies

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Center for Spanish Studies
The UW’s Center for Spanish Studies, one of fifteen in the U.S. and Canada, is a cooperative venture between the University of Washington, the Spanish Ministry of Education and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Education. The Center’s purpose is to promote and support programs that teach Spanish to K-12 students in both public and private schools. The Center is located in Padelford Hall, Room B-202C.

Each year, professional development sessions are held for teachers and TA’s from all over the state of Washington to perfect their techniques and learn not only language teaching skills but also how to incorporate culture, music and dance in their lessons.

The Resource Center provides bibliographic and video graphic materials as well as novels and books on teaching, traveling and Spanish culture. According to the UW Center’s Director, Eva González-Abad, anyone interested in the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures can borrow materials from the Resource Center. “No card required!” laughed González-Abad.

The Center for Spanish Studies at the UW is offering the following activities in the coming months. All activities are free of charge and, as usual, free clock hours will be handed out. The locations and times will be posted on our webpage:

Professional development activities for teachers of Spanish
February 2, 2013 Session on Heritage Language Speakers of SpanishBishop Blanchet High School, Seattle, WA
March 9, 2013 Legends in Latin American Spanish-speaking countries Seattle UW campus, WA
Date TBD Motivation in the Spanish class Location TBD
Date TBD Poetry and its elements Location TBD
Date TBD The languages of Spanish-speaking countries Location TBD
School contest for students of Spanish

All K-12 students of Spanish are invited to enter the 15th annual “Escribo en español” contest in various categories. Refer to our web page for further details and entry forms.
Language and Culture Assistants in Spain, year 2013 – 2014

If you are a junior, senior or graduate student and would like to spend a school year in Spain helping teach in English, this is your chance! But hurry! This very successful program is already filling up with candidates. Contact us for details or visit the web page (application online). For further queries write to

If you are interested in knowing more about the Center for Spanish Studies or to learn about upcoming events, email Eva González-Abad at

Center for Spanish Studies web site:


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