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Continuing Studies


We have made this practical high-beginner's course (A1.2) better with a new curriculum. Explore 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.

Note: You will not be able to view the course on your Canvas Dashboard or access the materials until the course start date.

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 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 for 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.

Printable workbook (PDF) included in the price. All other materials are available through the course platform.

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

Wednesdays, June 15–Aug. 24, 5:30–6:30 p.m. CT

Wednesdays, June 15–Aug. 24, 6:45–7:45 p.m. CT

Thursdays, June 9–Aug. 18, 5:30–6:30 p.m. CT

Thursdays, June 9–Aug. 18, 6:45–7:45 p.m. CT

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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Program Questions?

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

Registration Questions?

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

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Meet your instructors

Pablo Pastore

(BA, Universidad de Buenos Aires) is a Graduate Student in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at UW-Madison. He is from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he has lived most of his life.

Martiniano Etchart

(Ph.D. Student, UW-Madison) has been teaching Spanish in the U.S. since 2018 in different contexts and institutions such as University of Arkansas at Monticello, Michigan State University, Concordia Language Villages, and UW-Madison. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Martiniano enjoys sharing his Argentinian identity and Hispanic culture in all his classes. He  aimsto create an inclusive space with and for students to build meaningful relationships through effective communication.

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