Spanish 4

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In this highly practical intermediate course (A2.2), you will deepen your ability to discuss past events, learn the future and conditional tenses and become familiar with Spanish command forms. Polish your skills as we discuss education, the workplace and the diverse cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. See outline for more details.

Prerequisite: Spanish 3.

Find out if this is the right level for you with these placement tests: Spanish 3 self-placement test; Spanish 4 self-placement test.

Course format

You will practice speaking in weekly one-hour online sessions led by an experienced instructor, with a maximum of 12 participants.

The live online sessions begin one week after the scheduled course start date to allow time to work through the first unit of learning material in preparation for the live conversation practice.

Online course materials introduce new grammar and vocabulary and teach pronunciation, listening, and reading skills through videos, audio, and interactive exercises. Budget 3-4 hours a week to work through the online asynchronous content.

Course materials become available online on the scheduled course start date 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.

Sections anticipated for spring 2024 (See Upcoming Dates for open sections and more detail):

Mondays, Jan. 29–April 15, 5:30–6:30 p.m. CT (No virtual conversation session on March 25)

Mondays, Jan. 29–April 15, 6:45–7:45 p.m. CT (No virtual conversation session on March 25)

Tuesdays, Feb. 13–April 30, 5:30–6:30 p.m. CT (No virtual conversation on March 26)

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Course Outline

Lesson 1: Let's go for a walk

Themes and communication goals

  • Planning a trip
  • Expressing satisfaction
  • Telephone conversations
  • The environment

Language skills

  • Negative commands
  • More pronouns and adverbs


  • Parks in Spain, Mexico and Peru
  • Fiestas: La noche de San Juan

Lesson 2: Review of Spanish 3

Lesson 3: Projects with a future

Themes and communication goals

  • Making predictions
  • Describing social problems
  • Expressing needs
  • Making comparisons

Language skills

  • Future tenses
  • More on ser vs. estar
  • More on adjectives
  • Comparisons of equality


  • Social organizations in Venezuela
  • Music and musicians
  • Fiesta: La Verbena

Lesson 4: Keeping up with the news

Themes and communication goals

  • News and media
  • The Internet and social media
  • Opinions
  • Describing a process

Language skills

  • Vocabulary: news, social media, computers
  • The conditional tense
  • Uses of mismo
  • Por vs. para


  • Social media in the Spanish-speaking world
  • Fiestas: Wine harvest

Lesson 5: Great work!

Themes and communication goals

  • Work environment
  • Job skills and tasks
  • The ideal profession
  • Applying for a job

Language skills

  • Pluscuamperfecto tense
  • More on Estar
  • Percentages and other numbers


  • Job statistics
  • Working in Spain
  • Fiesta: El Día de los Muertos

Lesson 6: Let's review and practice!

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

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.

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.

What Attendees Are Saying

"The best part of the class was the format, the class participation and the opportunity to speak Spanish in class."