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Continuing Studies


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.

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, 6:45–7:45 p.m. CT (No virtual conversation on March 15).

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 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.