Spanish 3

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We have made this practical low-intermediate course (A2.1) even better with a new curriculum designed for adult language learners. Explore the cultural richness of the Spanish-speaking world through the voices and experiences of speakers from over 10 different countries. Learn to converse in the past tense, express opinions and discuss real-life situations from daily life, work and travel. Our adult-focused approach will improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing abilities. See Outline for more details.

Prerequisite: Spanish 2 or equivalent.

Find out if this is the right level for you with these placement tests: Spanish 2 self-placement test, Spanish 3 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 weekly sessions. For the first two sessions, you will meet with your instructor in small groups of 3-6 students for 30-minutes, then move to one-hour sessions with 6-12 students. 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.

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

Sections available for spring 2023 (See Upcoming Dates for more detail):

Tuesdays, Jan. 31–April 18, 5:30–6:30 p.m. CT (No virtual conversation on April 4)

Tuesdays, Jan. 31–April 18, 6:45–7:45 p.m. CT (No virtual conversation on April 4)

Thursdays, Feb. 16–May 4, 5:30–6:30 p.m. CT (No virtual conversation on March 16)

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Course Outline

Course outline

Below are the main themes and outcomes for each unit. Each unit also contains teaching videos, 10-15 listening activities, an extended reading activity, practical exercises and cultural information related to the unit theme.

Unidad 1: ¡A conocernos!

  • Review conversations for getting to know people
  • Common Spanish commands
  • Irregular gerunds
  • Using llevar to express duration
  • Review common irregular verbs in the present tense
  • Reading: La costumbre de la siesta

Unidad 2: ¡A aprender!

  • Vocabulary: parts of speech
  • Discussing study habits and learning strategies
  • Going deeper with gustar and similar verbs
  • Regular verbs in simple past tense (el pretérito)
  • Giving opinions: opinar, creer, pensar, deber
  • Reading: Ricardo Arjona: una vida imposible de definir

Unidad 3: ¡A trabajar!

  • Vocabulary: workplace
  • Discussing where you like to work and what tools you need to work well
  • Direct object pronouns
  • Common expressions that use direct object pronouns
  • Irregular verbs in the preterite
  • Reading: La historia de una inmigrante

Unidad 4: ¡A viajar!

  • Vocabulary: travel and housing
  • Discussing travel preferences
  • Understanding directions
  • Describing past trips with the preterite
  • Polite expressions for asking for information
  • Contrast llevar and traer
  • Contrast ir and venir
  • Reading: Voy de viaje (una carta)

Unidad 5: ¡A repasar!

  • Review Unidades 1-4

Unidad 6-10

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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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Meet your instructors

Pedro de Jesus Gonzales Duran

(PhD candidate, UW-Madison) has taught Spanish language and Hispanic literature in many contexts, both in his native Peru and in Wisconsin. He appreciates having students who like to discuss and practice conversation skills in a dynamic learning environment.

Ana Pérez Alfajarrin

(MA, University of Western Ontario) has been teaching Spanish since 2013 to adult learners of all ages. She specializes in Hispanics linguistics and was first trained as a translator/interpreter in Cuba. She brings enthusiasm to her teaching and loves creating engaging courses that make learning meaningful and fun.

Julie M. Dahl

(PhD, UW-Madison) directs the Continuing Studies Language program and has been teaching language to adults for more than 30 years. She is the author of the Logros curriculum used in our Spanish program and also teaches intercultural skills. She has lived abroad on multiple occasions and genuinely loves the work of training people to cross barriers by growing their language and intercultural skills.

What Attendees Are Saying

I had a great time in this class, and I learned a lot. It was exactly what I needed: a low-stress learning environment.
Bryn Sutherland
I looked forward to class each week because of the instructor.