Spanish Students attend Top Spanish Authors Anniversary Conference in Spain
(Como estudiante de español) I would like to recognize our lecturer Rocio Vicens, a member of the Association of Teachers of Spanish in Kenya – (ATS-K), for inviting six Spanish learning students including myself, (seis estudiantes de español) to the residence of the Spanish Ambassador in Lake View.
The invitation was for us to attend a conference organized by ATS-K in conjunction with the Embassy of Spain to celebrate the 400 years death anniversary of Miguel Cervantes (el 400 aniversario de la muerte de Miguel Cervantes) who was known as one of the best authors and poet of his time.
The theme was; por qué el quijote inaugura la novela moderna Razones de un clásico moderno. (Why el quijote inaugurates the modern novel?)
During the conference, Señor Javier Serrano, Vice president of the Spanish Teachers Association, taught us about el Quijote one of the collections of many books Miguel Cervantes wrote, used as a literature book by the Spanish speaking community. We learnt about the different models Miguel used to write his short stories, for example, incorporating humour and fiction in his writing.
We were also privileged to study the different Spanish dialects that are used in the world e.g. Castillan, Andalusian, Murcian, latin American Spanish and also Equatoguinean which is spoken in Guinea (Africa).
We also learnt about all the Spanish speaking countries in the world and why Spanish is one of the most important languages to be conversant with, noting that it is one of the notable languages accepted by the United Nations office.
We interacted with people from different Spanish countries such as el Peru and el Argentina. We were particularly privileged to meet their ambassadors.
This was a good exposure for us students because it motivated us to continue studying Spanish to the highest level. We hope that more opportunities will be presented for us in future, to keep building our Spanish language speaking and writing capabilities.
Article by Cynthia Kisuya 3rd Year Bachelor of Commerce Student