Spanish 6


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Refine your command of advanced grammar topics, such as past uses of the subjunctive tenses and conditional phrases in this highly practical low-advanced class that combines our best in-person instruction with online resources to keep you learning between classes. Learn to use effectively complex structures in speaking and writing as you discuss the culture, literature, geography and politics of the Spanish-speaking world. Textbooks required. Prerequisite: Spanish 5.

Find out if this is the right level for you with this placement test: Spanish 5 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.

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.


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Course Outline

Lesson 1: With your whole heart

Themes and communication goals

  • Talking about appearance and character
  • Feelings and changing emotions
  • Relationships and conflicts

Language skills

  • More on ser vs. estar
  • More on subjunctive vs. indicative


  • Famous people in the Spanish-speaking world
  • El azafrán

Lesson 2: Review of Spanish 5

Lesson 3: The important moments in life

Themes and communication goals

  • Celebrations
  • Important events
  • Well-wishing
  • Beauty
  • Convictions and values

Language skills

  • Vestirse and soler
  • Subjunctive after cuando, mientras, aunque
  • Pero vs. sino


  • Quinceñeras
  • Weddings
  • Baptisms
  • El tomate

Lesson 4: Worlds in contact

Themes and communication goals

  • Cultures and societies
  • Climates and scenery
  • Taking notes
  • Preparing a presenting
  • Reporting others ideas

Language skills

  • Perfect subjunctive
  • Indirect style in the past
  • Nature
  • Geography


  • Puerto Rico
  • Languages of Bolivia
  • Spanglish
  • El jamón

Lesson 5: Politics and social movements

Themes and communication goals

  • Politics and social movements
  • Protest and rights
  • Hopes and dreams

Language skills

  • Imperfect subjunctive
  • If clauses
  • Expressing obligation
  • Unreal comparisons
  • Culture
  • Los indignados 15-M
  • Terrorism
  • El aceite

Lesson 6: Let's review and practice!

Earn Continuing Education Hours

By participating in this class you will earn:

Instructional Hours 48
University of Wisconsin Continuing Education Units 4.8

Explanation of Continuing Education Hours

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