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Continuing Studies


Watch this short video about why our online Language program is one of the best in the country!

This newly revised mini-course sets you up for success in Spanish 1 with a slow introduction to the fundamentals of Spanish with proven strategies for learning a new language. Create a solid base of practical knowledge with common phrases and linguistic building blocks that will get you speaking right away. Intended for true beginners or anyone who wants more reinforcement before joining Spanish 1.

Prerequisite: None.

Course format:

You will practice speaking in weekly 30-minute online sessions led by an experienced instructor, with a maximum of 3-6 other participants. To get to know all of your classmates, your conversation time will vary between the first or second 30-minute time slot of the hour you registered for. You should be available for either.

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.

A printable workbook (PDF) is included in the price. All other materials are available through the course platform.

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

Thursdays, June 6–July 18, 8-9 a.m. CT (No virtual conversation on July 4)

Wednesdays, July 17–Aug. 21, 5:30–6:30 p.m. CT

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

Tuesdays, Aug. 20–Sept. 24, 8:30–9:30 a.m. CT

Wednesdays, Aug. 21–Sept. 25, 5:30–6:30 p.m. CT

Thursdays, Aug. 22–Sept. 26, 5:30–6:30 p.m. CT

Tuesdays, Oct. 29–Dec. 10, 5–6 p.m. CT (No virtual conversation on Nov. 26)

Earn Continuing Education Hours

By participating in this class you will earn:

Instructional Hours 15
University of Wisconsin Continuing Education Units 1.5

Explanation of Continuing Education Hours

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Program Questions?

Contact Chris 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 instructors

Amanda Gierach

(PhD, UW-Madison) has taught beginning through advanced Spanish courses for many years in both in-person and virtual settings. She is enthusiastic about language learning and loves being able to creatively help students learn and gain confidence in their skills so that they can experience the many benefits of being able to communicate in Spanish. 

Lucia Can

(MA candidate, UW-Madison) studies Spanish and Mayan Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has a degree from the Autonomous University of the Yucatan and has taught many levels of Spanish both in Mexico and the United States. She loves talking about culture, traditions, and customs.


Erin Paul-Schuetter

(PhD, UW-Madison) is the assistant director of the DCS language program. She has taught beginning through advanced Spanish language courses for adults for more a decade. She is dedicated to creating a welcoming learning environment in her courses and enjoys the diversity of thought and experiences that lifelong learners bring to a class.

What Attendees Are Saying

I am very impressed with this beginning class! The cuaderno is well written, and the instructor is extremely nice and encouraging.
Shawn Kiene
This is the best Spanish class that I've taken. Great resources. The online recordings for the lessons have really helped with my pronunciation.
Bonnie B
This course exceeded my expectations and truly made me comfortable with speaking and learning.
Teresa C Welsch