Advanced Spanish Conversation: La cultura popular en cinco países

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Explore the dynamic facets of five Spanish-speaking countries through the lens of pop culture. Learn about and discuss salsa, mystical rituals, carnivals, telenovelas, masks, and crafts in Nicaragua, Ecuador, Cuba, Peru and Colombia. Elevate your Spanish proficiency by practicing complex structures such as past tenses and the subjunctive. Join us for an in-depth exploration of the vibrant cultural tapestry that defines the Spanish-speaking world! Prerequisite: Spanish 5.

All materials will be available in Canvas before each class.

Find out if this is the right level for you with this 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 in-person conversation session that will take place at UW South Madison Partnership in room 104. Participants will practice speaking with the instructor in a group of 5-15 students in weekly one-and-a-half-hour in-person conversation classes. Online course materials are available one week before the first in-person conversation class and remain accessible for one month after the course ends.

Note: You will not be able to view the course on your Canvas Dashboard or access the materials until the course start date.

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

Tuesdays, June 18–July 23, 6–7:30 p.m. CT

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Earn Continuing Education Hours

By participating in this class you will earn:

Instructional Hours 20
University of Wisconsin Continuing Education Units 2

Explanation of Continuing Education Hours

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Program Questions?

Contact Julie Dahl at julie.dahl@wisc.edu or 608-262-5929

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 who has taught beginning through advanced Spanish culture and language courses for the last nine years in New Mexico and Wisconsin. Her grandparents' oral traditions and folk tales from Chihuahua and New Mexico inspired her to become a teacher and to study literature.

What Attendees Are Saying

I really enjoyed this class! There was a nice blend of instructor-fronted, partner, small-group, and full-group activities. I will certainly take more Spanish Continuing Ed classes in the future. Thank you!
Thanks for an excellent experience!