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Continuing Studies


Learn the differences between the present subjunctive and indicative in this highly practical intermediate course (B1.1). Improve your use of complex sentence structures and delve deeper into the past tenses. Learn about the richness of Spanish-speaking cultures as you discuss housing, travel, food and trends from around the world. Grow your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills with our integrative approach. See outline for more details.

Prerequisite: Spanish 4.

Find out if this is the right level for you with these placement tests: Spanish 4 self–placement test, Spanish 5 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. All participants will meet with the instructor for the entire hour. The instructor will provide opportunities to practice speaking in small groups using Zoom breakout rooms in addition to practicing with the entire group. 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.

The required textbook is sold by many online vendors. Make sure to look for ISBN number 9788484438595. It is generally available on Amazon

The required workbook is also sold online by online vendors. Make sure to look for ISBN number 9788484438601. It is generally available on Amazon.

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

Wednesdays, Feb. 8–May 3, 5:30–6:30 p.m. CT (No virtual conversation on March 15)

Overview: Extra Information

Please see the textbook link under fee and more information.

Course Outline

Lesson 1: I'm still learning

Themes and communication goals

  • Talking about learning
  • What makes a good education
  • Skills and struggles
  • Intercultural experiences

Language skills

  • Special structures: acabar de and llevar
  • More on hace/desde
  • Review of all past tenses
  • Review of adjectives


  • El Día E
  • Instituto Cervantes
  • El café

Lesson 2: Have a great trip

Themes and communication goals

  • Giving advice
  • Expressing desires and preferences
  • Offering help
  • Proper reactions
  • Negotiating an agreement

Language skills

  • Review of commands
  • More uses of the present subjunctive
  • Infinitive vs. subjunctive
  • Planning a trip


  • Educational programs
  • La Ruta Quetzal
  • La naranja

Lesson 3: Lifestyles

Themes and communication goals

  • Talk about lifestyles
  • Household chores
  • Presenting arguments
  • Quality of life
  • Showing surprise

Language skills

  • Direct vs. indirect speech
  • Indicative vs. subjunctive
  • Use of lo de


  • Alternative communities
  • La papa/la patata

Lesson 4: Let's review and practice!

Lesson 5: Paper or electronic copy?

Themes and communication goals

  • Literature
  • Cinema
  • Making predictions
  • Talking about finished events in the future

Language skills

  • Passive voice
  • More on se
  • More on estar
  • Connectors
  • Future perfect tense


  • Novelists
  • Reading habits
  • Film viewing
  • El maíz

Lesson 6: All five senses

Themes and communication goals

  • Describing objects and sensations
  • Causes and consequences
  • Tastes and flavors
  • Food

Language skills

  • Oír and oler
  • Relative clauses
  • Prepositions
  • More on the subjunctive
  • Impersonal expressions
  • Our senses


  • Zoos in Argentina
  • Peruvian cooking
  • El vino

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

Denise Castillo

(PhD candidate, UW- Madison) is a passionate educator that has taught beginning through advanced Spanish culture and language courses for the last 9 years in New Mexico and Wisconsin. The oral traditions and folk tales from Chihuahua and New Mexico shared with her by her grandparents inspired her to become a teacher and to study literature.

What Attendees Are Saying

I liked the small size and the individual attention of the instructor.
Patricia Patterson
The instructor really loves the language and teaching Spanish.
Mary Grace