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We have made our most popular class even better with a completely revised curriculum. This beginning-level language class (A1.1) explores the cultural richness of the Spanish-speaking world while helping you master the basics of Spanish with a proven communicative approach that emphasizes speaking competency while also building skills in listening, reading and writing. This practical course will quickly have you talking about life, family, work and travel. See Outline for complete details. Participants with no previous experience with Spanish are encouraged to begin with Spanish 0.
Find out if this is the right level for you with these placement tests: Spanish 1 self-placement test, Spanish 2 self-placement test.
Instructional videos and interactive online materials in the Canvas course platform introduce new grammar and vocabulary and teach pronunciation, listening and reading skills. Participants should budget 3-4 hours a week to work through the workbook and the online asynchronous materials in preparation for the live online conversation groups. Participants practice speaking live with the instructor in small groups of 3-6 students in 30-minute weekly sessions. Groups will vary weekly, so participants should be available the entire one-hour time slot. Online course materials are available one week before the first live conversation class and remain accessible for one month after the course ends.
Want to know more about learning a language online? Read Dr. Julie Dahl's blog post about our online course format.
A printable workbook (PDF) is included in the price. All other materials are available through the course platform.
Sections anticipated for summer 2023 (See upcoming dates for open sections and more detail):
Tuesdays, June 6–Aug. 22, 5:30–6:30 p.m. CT (No virtual conversation on July 4)
Tuesdays, June 6–Aug. 22, 6:45–7:45 p.m. CT (No virtual conversation on July 4)
Mondays, June 12–Aug. 28, 5:30–6:30 p.m. CT (No virtual conversation on July 3)
Mondays, June 12–Aug. 28, 6:45–7:45 p.m. CT (No virtual conversation on July 3)
Mondays, July 3–Sept. 11, 5:30–6:30 p.m. CT
Mondays, July 3–Sept. 11, 6:45–7:45 p.m. CT
Sections anticipated for fall 2023 (See upcoming dates for open sections and more detail):
Tuesdays, Sept. 5–Nov. 12, 5:30–6:30 p.m. CT
Tuesdays, Sept. 5–Nov. 12, 6:45–7:45 p.m. CT
Wednesdays, Sept. 13–Nov. 29, 5:30–6:30 p.m. CT (No virtual conversation on Nov. 22)
Wednesdays, Sept. 13–Nov. 29, 6:45–7:45 p.m. CT (No virtual conversation on Nov. 22)
Tuesdays, Oct. 3–Dec. 12, 8:30–9:30 a.m. CT
Below are the themes and language outcomes for each unit. Each unit also contains 10-15 listening activities, an extended reading activity, review dialogues and cultural information related to the unit theme.
Unidad 1: Greetings
- Common greetings and goodbyes
- Asking and answering common questions: name, place of origin, telephone number
- Formal vs. informal address
- Numbers 0-10
- Pronunciation: Y and LL
Unidad 2: We are speaking!
- Getting to know each other
- Personal pronouns
- Conjugating regular –ar verbs in the present tense
- The verb ser
- Interrogative words and forming questions
- Numbers 11-20
- Names of languages
- Pronunciation: C, S and Z
Unidad 3: My activities
- Talking about common activities
- Strategies for forming and answering questions
- Days of the week
- Gender of nouns and making nouns plural
- The definite articles el/las/los/las
- Conjugating -er and -ir verbs in the present tense.
- Pronunciation: Ñ
Unidad 4: My work
- Talking about professions
- The indefinite articles un/una/unos/unas
- The verbs estar, ir and dar
- Talking about frequency of activities
- Pronunciation: R
Unidad 5: My world
- Talking about countries and organizations
- Alphabet and spelling
- Expressing agreement and disagreement in conversations
- Numbers 20-100
- Personal A
- Countries, industries and products
- Review of Unidades 1-4
- Pronunciation: H
Unidad 6: My family
- Talking about family
- Possessive adjectives
- Irregular verbs: e-ie
- The verb tener
- Talking about age
- Pronunciation: common last names
Unidad 7: My likes
- Talking about likes and dislikes
- Months and seasons
- Written accent marks
- Using the verbs gustar and encantar
- Using infinitives in a sentence
- Pronunciation: RR
Unidad 8: My diet
- Talking about food and diet
- Ordering in a restaurant
- Irregular verbs: o-ue
- More on gustar
- Pronunciation: J
Unidad 9: My favorite city
- Talking about cities
- Asking for information in a tourist office
- Telling time
- Talking about when activities are performed
- The special verb hay
- Pronunciation: Review
Unidad 10: My life
- Talking about dates and birthdays
- Contrasting ser and estar
- Extensive review of Unidades 1-9
- Extended speaking preparation
Earn Continuing Education Hours
By participating in this class you will earn:
|University of Wisconsin Continuing Education Units||3.5|
Course #: 6907-C-LAAS-4751-24-LSA
Fee: $259 For registration assistance: 608-262-2451
Register by mail: printable registration form
The course runs July 3–Sept. 11, with 10 live conversation sessions Mondays, starting July 10. Live conversation small groups are scheduled between 5:30–6:30 p.m. See summary for details.
Register through: July 02, 2023
All times shown in central time.
- Cancel before the class start date (the day materials are made available): receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative fee.
- Cancel after the class start date (the day materials are made available) but before the second virtual conversation session: receive an 80 percent refund minus a $25 administrative fee.
- Cancel after the second virtual conversation session: no refund.