The Centro Virtual Cervantes (http://cvc.cervantes.es) is the
Internet-based branch of
the Instituto Cervantes, the official Spanish institution commissioned to disseminate the use and
study of Spanish language and culture around the world.
Since its creation in December 1997, the CVC has rapidly become one of the most
important reference sites devoted to Spanish language and culture on the WWW, having
reached an average of over 100,000 visitors a month. This increasing number of visitors
is primarily due to the great variety of resources available at the CVC website, which
attract both professionals and the public in general. These include announcements of
cultural events under Actos Culturales, the four discussion forums, each of which
focuses on a specific topic, and the language classroom, Aula de Lengua, designed for
both teachers and learners of Spanish.
The CVC front page enables direct access to the entire contents which are well structured,
and organised in a very user-friendly manner. The central part is dedicated to current
cultural events and is therefore constantly up-dated. The sections included are listed
on the left and right hand side of the main menu page.