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Continuing Studies


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: 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 workbook and the online asynchronous materials in preparation for the live online conversation groups. Classes meet twice a week for 2.5 weeks or once a week for 5 weeks. Participants practice speaking live with the instructor in small groups of 3-6 students in 30-minute sessions. Groups will vary, so participants should be available 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.

Printable workbook (PDF) included in the price.

Sections available for fall 2022 (See Upcoming Dates for more detail):

Wednesdays, July 27–Aug. 31, 5–6 p.m. CT

Wednesdays, July 27–Aug. 31, 6:15–7:15 p.m. CT

Tuesdays, Aug. 9–Sept. 13, 8:30–9:30 a.m. CT

Mondays and Thursdays, Sept. 12–Oct 3, 5:30–6:30 p.m. CT

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 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

Erin Paul-Schuetter

(PhD, UW-Madison) has taught beginning through advanced Spanish language courses for Continuing Studies for almost 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

The professor's high energy and enthusiasm, and the remarkable way the material was presented in so many engaging ways: audios, visuals, games, dialogues — answering all our preguntas with cultural insights and laughter!
— Fred Langlois
Spanish 0 is a valuable class. I decided to try it, and in the end decided to continue studying Spanish. Makes Spanish 1 less intimidating.
— Cheryl Robinson
I have zero complaints. Keep it exactly the way it is!
— Tom Waeltz