Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Instituto Cervantes in Second Life

by Giulio Prisco

The virtual headquarters of Instituto Cervantes in Second Life
recreate the representative building of calle Alcalá in Madrid. With
this initiative, Instituto Cervantes places itself at the forefront of
Spanish cultural institutions with own presence in Second Life, in
line with other prestigious international institutions and
organizations. The Cervantes Island has been designed and produced by
Metafuturing, S.L., a company based in Madrid and specialized in
Second Life, Virtual Reality and Internet services.

Instituto Cervantes is a worldwide non-profit organization created by
the Spanish government in 1991. It is the largest organization in the
world concerned with the teaching of Spanish, and it maintains a
presence in over twenty different countries throughout 54 centers
devoted to the Spanish and Hispanic American culture and Spanish
Language. The mission of Instituto Cervantes is to promote the
teaching, study, and use of Spanish as a second language and to
contribute to the advancement of the Spanish and Hispanic American
cultures throughout non-Spanish speaking countries. The Institute is
named after Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616), the most important figure
in the history of Spanish literature.

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