Professor Kaori Okano, Head of the Department of Languages, Histories and Cultures at La Trobe, said that the ongoing cultural agreement with the Spanish government provides tangible benefits for students studying Spanish.
‘The agreement will provide us with a native speaking lecturer from Spain,’ Professor Okano said.
‘This person’s culture and language is indispensable to our Spanish program and means that our students learn directly from someone who speaks Spanish as a first language.’
The highly valued position is co-funded by La Trobe and the Spanish government.
Professor Christopher Mackie, Head of the School of Humanities, said that the MoU affirms La Trobe’s commitment to teaching Spanish and also reflects the commitment of Spain to supporting Spanish language studies in Australian universities.
‘La Trobe has a long and highly-respected tradition in teaching Spanish. We have excellent teachers of the language, fine postgraduate students and a thriving student cohort,’ Professor Mackie said.
La Trobe’s Spanish Studies program has 268 students and exchange courses with universities in Barcelona, Madrid and Castellón.