Spanish 2


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This practical high-beginner's course (A1.2) explores the cultural richness of the Spanish-speaking world while taking your skills to the next level. Improve your ability to converse about a wider range of common topics in the present tense, take your first steps in conversing with past tenses, and grow your comprehension, reading and writing skills, all in the context of real-life situations. See Outline for more details.

Prerequisite: Spanish 1.

Find out if this is the right level for you with these placement tests:; Spanish 1 self–placement test, Spanish 2 self–placement test

Course format: 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 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 available one week before 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.

Textbook purchase required: Spanish 1 & 2 textbook.

Sections available for fall 2021 (See Upcoming Dates for more detail):

Thursdays, Sept. 9-Dec. 2, 6-7 p.m. CT (No virtual conversation Nov 25)

Sections available for spring 2022 (See Upcoming Dates for more detail):

Tuesdays, Feb. 8–April 26, 5–6 p.m. CT (No virtual conversation March 15)

Tuesdays, Feb. 8–April 26, 6:15–7:15 p.m. CT (No virtual conversation March 15)

Wednesdays, Feb. 9–April 27, 8–9 a.m. CT (No virtual conversation March 16)

Mondays, March 14–May 23, 5:30–6:30 p.m. CT

Mondays, March 14–May 23, 6:45–7:45 p.m. CT


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Course Outline

Lesson 1: The pleasure of travel

Themes and communication goals

  • Reserving hotel rooms
  • Asking for information
  • Agreeing/disagreeing
  • Talking about experiences
  • Apologizing

Language skills

  • G-verbs
  • También / tampoco
  • Indirect object pronouns
  • Present perfect tense
  • Irregular participles
  • Muy / mucho


  • Mallorca
  • Cuba
  • Formal complaints
  • Ecuador

Lesson 2: Review of Spanish 1

Lesson 3: Going for a hike

Themes and communication goals

  • Clothes and colors
  • Daily routines
  • The weather
  • Making comparisons
  • Making recommendations
  • Describing a process

Language skills

  • Prepositions
  • Saber vs. poder
  • Lengthening phrases
  • Otro/a
  • Future with IR


  • El Camino de Santiago
  • El Camino Inca
  • Perú

Lesson 4: Let's make plans

Themes and communication goals

  • Proposing ideas
  • Making plans
  • Giving a definition
  • Ordering in a restaurant
  • Enjoying food

Language skills

  • Prepositions
  • Saber vs. poder
  • Lengthening phrases
  • Otro/a
  • Future with IR


  • The importance of food and friendships
  • Going out to eat
  • Chile

Lesson 5: My new house

Themes and communication goals

  • Describing an apartment or house
  • Furniture and appliances
  • Talking about the past

Language skills

  • Mayoría, algunos, nadie…
  • Introduction past tenses
  • SER and IR


  • Housing in Spain
  • Responding to compliments
  • Argentina

Lesson 6: Let's practice and review!

Earn Continuing Education Hours

By participating in this class you will earn:

Instructional Hours 35
University of Wisconsin Continuing Education Units 3.5

Explanation of Continuing Education Hours

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Contact Christopher Moore at christopher.moore@wisc.edu or 608-262-7389

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Email registrations@pyle.wisc.edu or call 608-262-2451.

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Meet your instructor(s)

Brandon Judd Goodale

(PhD Candidate, UW-Madison) teaches high-beginner's Spanish language courses for Continuing Studies. He also teaches for credit Spanish language courses through UW-Madison's Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

What Attendees Are Saying

"The instructor did a really great job of mixing the different aspects of the class, incorporating speaking, listening, reading, and writing activities into the class structure, which really helped drive home the different skills. The UW course packet was also very helpful in learning between class sessions."
— Eric Hettler
"The teachers were skilled and positive. I felt encouraged to speak in Spanish."
— Hank Sherman