Instituto Hispania addresses `a long-felt need in the city'
CHENNAI: The audience got a flavour of Spanish language and culture on Tuesday at the first convocation ceremony of Instituto Hispania, an institute recently started to promote learning of Spanish in Chennai.
About 50 students of different age groups who completed the basic level of general language courses were presented with certificates at the Music Academy. The evening was kick started with a Spanish choir and had speakers addressing the mixed audience in both Spanish and English apart from Spanish cultural programmes.
Pointing out that Spanish was second largest spoken language, N. Murali, Managing Director of The Hindu , said that it was imperative for the professionals to learn more languages in globalised context.
Congratulating the candidates, he said specialised knowledge of a language learnt was important and advised them to use the knowledge gained in their life. He later distributed certificates to the students.
Ravichandran, secretary general, Indo-Latin American Chamber of Commerce, highlighted the significance of understanding the foreign language especially in the wake of increasing bilateral relation between India and Latin American countries. About 500 million people across 40 countries spoke Spanish, he added.
Robin Singh, former Indian cricketer, said Spanish language had gained prominence in the city of late and appreciated the efforts of the organisation in promoting the language.
Antony Lobo of the Spanish Consulate, Chennai, said the institute addressed a long-felt need in the city.
Vinolia Lobo, honorary director of the Instituto Hispania, said the institute started in March 2006 had about 170 students enrolled in various courses, which denoted the increasing demand for learning the language.
The Instituto Hispania offered both institutional and corporate training to cater to the demand for the language in corporate offices for their business development.
There were seven levels for learning Spanish. After completing five levels, students have the option of specialising in Spanish for tourism or business, she added.
Candidates, including businessmen and school and college students, shared their learning experience on the occasion. The Instituto Hispania is at 3, Nimmo Road, Santhome. Ph: 24614850/52.