Why study Spanish?

Spanish is the official language of 21 countries and is predicted to be the most widely spoken language in the Western World after English. Not surprisingly, Spanish is one of the official languages of the United Nations. Spanish is also an important trading language in the Asia Pacific region.

The occupations in which Spanish students can make direct use of the language include:

  • Government services
  • Journalism
  • Business, science and commerce
  • Professional interpreting and translating
  • Teaching at all levels
  • Travel services
  • Tourism: 21 countries to chose from and only one language to learn
  • A career in Diplomacy

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  • Autobiographical note and selected bibliography 

    Richardson, W A R (2013-06-28)
    William Arthur Ridley (Bill) Richardson, BA (Oxon), Dip.Ed. (Oxon), PhD (Flinders), was born in London 27 July 1924. After education at St John’s School, Leatherhead, Surrey (1937-42), he served in the British Army in the ...
  • Northampton on the Welsh Coast? Some Fifteenth and Sixteenth-Century Sailing Directions 

    Richardson, W A R (Cambrian Archaeological Association, 1995)
    Those fourteenth-, fifteenth- and sixteenth-century mariners who were literate almost certainly relied much more upon sailing directions than upon charts. A mere glance at some of the earliest surviving charts of areas ...
  • A Critique of Spanish and Portuguese Claims to Have Discovered Australia 

    Richardson, W A R (Investigator. Geelong Historical Society, 1995)
    Claims that the Spanish and especially the Portuguese discovered Australia before the Dutch and English have gained a good deal of credence since they were first advanced. The matter is of some interest to the Geelong area ...
  • Response to Roy Schreiber's review of "Was Australia charted before 1606?" 

    Richardson, W A R (American Historical Review, 2008)
    The author responds to a review of his book, 'Was Australia Charted before 1606?', justifying his reasoning in point form.
  • Toponymy and the History of Cartography 

    Richardson, W A R (Royal Australian Historical Society, 1992)
    Within the last few years historians of cartography have become increasingly aware of the potential value of toponymy for the elucidation of early cartographical enigmas. One of the most notorious of these is the real ...
  • Yet Another Version of the Portuguese 'Discovery' of Australia 

    Richardson, W A R (The Globe. The Australian Map Circle, 2007)
    In this article, written in response to the recent publication of a book by Peter Trickett, 'Beyond Capricorn: How Portuguese adventurers secretly discovered and charted Australia and New Zealand 150 years before Captain ...
  • Enigmatic Indian Ocean Coastlines on Early Maps and Charts 

    Richardson, W A R (The Globe. The Australian Map Circle, 1998)
    Maps by early non-Iberian cartographers tended to rely heavily on Ptolemy's hopelessly inaccurate maps, and on a literal acceptance of Marco Polo's unreliable, second-hand writings. The identification of dubious, frequently ...
  • Yet More 'Imaginography': Gavin Menzies and Peter Trickett 

    Richardson, W A R (The Skeptic, 2008)
    Recently, two more works have appeared, by Gavin Menzies and Peter Trickett, also claiming that the non-existent landmass usually known as Jave-la-Grande (Great Java) immediately south of Indonesia on the mid-16th century ...
  • 'Imaginography': Sensational Pseudo-Discoveries 

    Richardson, W A R (The Skeptic, 1999)
    The latter half of the 20th century has witnessed a veritable spate of reports in the press about the finding of historical artifacts concerning whose significance sensational claims have been made.
  • A Non-Existent Continent 

    Richardson, W A R (The Skeptic, 2001)
    Too many people today expect early maps and charts of newly discovered lands to have similar standards of accuracy. They are unaware of how incredibly inaccurate many were. Information from different sources could be ...
  • 'Imaginography': sensational pseudo-discoveries 

    Richardson, W A R (Geography Teachers' Association of South Australia, 1999)
    The latter half of the 20th century has witnessed a veritable spate of reports in the press about the finding of historical artifacts concerning whose significance sensational claims have been made.
  • The Portuguese Discovery of Australia: Fact or Fiction? 

    Richardson, W A R (National Library of Australia, 1989)
    The Dutch, under Willem Janszoon in the Duyfken, and the British, under James Cook in the Endeavour, have long been known to have reached Australia's shores in 1606 and 1770 respectively. For more than two centuries a ...
  • Mercator's Southern Continent 

    Richardson, W A R (The Globe. The Australian Map Circle, 1992)
    The age-old concept that a vast southern landmass must of necessity exist to counterbalance that in the northern hemisphere was given graphic expression by many cartographers, including Ptolemy, Johannes Schoener and Oronce ...
  • Jave-La-Grande is not Australia 

    Richardson, W A R (The Globe. The Australian Map Circle, 1992)
    The continent of Jave-la-Grande on the mid-16th century manuscript Dieppe maps has been the subject of much speculation for over two hundred years and has been claimed to provide evidence of an early Portuguese discovery ...
  • Three Sixteenth Century Indian Ocean Shipwrecks: Maps as Historical Evidence 

    Richardson, W A R (The Flinders University of South Australia, 1992)
    For two centuries the landmass named Jave-la-Grande, which appears south of Indonesia on a number of French manuscript world maps made between 1542 and 1566, has been claimed by some to be an early map of Australia, owing ...
  • An Indian Ocean Pilgrimage in Search of an Island 

    Richardson, W A R (The Great Circle. Australian Association for Maritime History, 1989)
    As late as 1817, a chart of the Indian Ocean by L.S. de la Rochette was published in London by William Faden and approved by the Chart Committee of the British Admiralty. Among the numerous fascinating features on it is ...
  • Cartographical Clues to Three Sixteenth-Century Shipwrecks in the Indian Ocean 

    Richardson, W A R (The Great Circle. Australian Association for Maritime History, 1992)
    Recent place-name studies dealt with two variant, migratory inscriptions: the island of los romeros, actually Amsterdam Island in the southern Indian Ocean; and Psitacorum regio ('The Region of Parrots'), on a fictitious ...
  • Review of Lawrence Fitzgerald, Java La Grande: The Portuguese Discovery of Australia, Hobart: The Publishers Pty Ltd, 1984 

    Richardson, W A R (The Great Circle. Australian Association for Maritime History, 1985)
    In this book Brigadier Fitzgerald summarises the arguments for and against the identification of the apparent continent of Jave-la-Grande as Australia, as provided by some, but by no means all of those who have written on ...
  • Review of Rainer Daehnhardt, George Collingridge & Richard H. Major, 'Segredos da descoberta da Australia pelos portugueses'. Sintra (Portugal): Zefiro, 2009 

    Richardson, W A R (The Globe. The Australian Map Circle, 2010)
    This is the latest book claiming that the Portuguese discovered Australia. Belief in the validity of the claim appears to be contagious, despite the lack of any reliable evidence to support it.
  • Barrosa alias 'Barossa' 

    Richardson, W A R (National Library of Australia, 2007)
    It is fairly well known that the name Barossa, identifying South Australia’s famous wine district, the Barossa Valley, is derived from the name originally bestowed by Colonel William Light, in 1837, to the Barossa Range. ...

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