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

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 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 the entire hour. 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.

Sections anticipated for fall 2023 (See Upcoming Dates for open sections and more detail):

Tuesdays, Sept. 26–Dec. 5, 5–6 p.m. CT

Tuesdays, Sept. 26–Dec. 5, 6:15–7:15 p.m. CT

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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 instructor

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

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