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NRCSA Center: CLIC - Sevilla, Spain  


 

About the NRCSA Center

 
 

Founded in 1983, the Centro de Lenguas y Intercambio Cultural of Sevilla has obtained the seal of quality for the teaching of Spanish, CEELE, from the prestigious University of Alcalá de Henares. The school utilizes the direct communication method, employes experienced native teachers, offers courses in small groups with modern class material, an interesting cultural program, and personally selected housing all designed for the students' needs.

The school is situated in the heart of Sevilla, a short distance from the Town Hall, Cathedral and the Royal Palaces, in a completely refurbished traditional house. In the school's main building, marble columns from Roman times around the spacious central patio and sun terraces provide the setting for 20 classrooms, a study room/library, a multimedia room with internet access, and a conference and video room, all fully air-conditioned. In other words, it is a purpose–built center of learning in one of the most privileged areas of the city. The school's second building (the "old" school), only 8 minutes walk from the main building, houses the teacher training department, 14 classrooms and special group programs.

Sevilla, with its 700,000 inhabitants and more than 3,000 hours of sun a year, is said to be the most beautiful city in Spain, which best keeps alive the most famous Spanish customs: a vibrant street–life, flamenco music and dancing, bullfighting, Holy Week (Semana Santa) and the April Fair (Feria), as well as the openness, pride and warmth of its people. A blend of color and contrasts and joining the modern with the traditional, Sevilla offers a wide range of culture all year round which will appeal to all tastes.


 

About Sevilla

 
 

Sevilla was one of the earliest Moorish conquests in 712 and, as part of the Caliphate of Córdoba, became the second city of al-Andalus. When the Caliphate broke up in the early eleventh century it was the most powerful of the independent states to emerge, extending its power over the Algarve and eventually over Córdoba itself. This period, under a series of three Arabic rulers from the Abbadid dynasty, 1023-91, was something of a golden age for Sevilla, and it enjoyed a second under the Almohads, as capital of this last real Moorish empire in Spain from 1170 until 1212. In this period the Almohads rebuilt the Alcázar, enlarged the principal mosque and erected a new and brilliant minaret, topped with four copper spheres that could be seen from miles round.

Just ten minutes' walk to the east of the cathedral and centre, the Plaza de España and adjoining María Luisa Park, laid out in 1929 for an abortive "Fair of the Americas", are an ideal place to spend the middle part of the day. En route you pass by the Fábrica de Tabacos, the old tobacco factory that was the setting for Bizet's Carmen. Nowadays it's part of the university. Towards the end of the María Luisa Park, the grandest surviving pavilions from the fair have been adapted as museums. The furthest contains the city's archeology collections and opposite is the Popular Arts Museum, with interesting displays relating to the April feria.


 
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