Spanish for Reading and Translation: Basiccontinuingstudies.wisc.edu/9066-C-LAAS See upcoming dates
You will develop the skills you need to read and accurately translate Spanish texts to English. Using texts from various disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, you learn the fundamentals of the Spanish language and Spanish-to-English translation. Start with the basics and work your way through progressively more challenging grammatical concepts that appear in the scholarly texts you translate. Along the way, you learn key grammar structures and reading strategies and build your vocabulary.
While no prior knowledge of Spanish is required, basic to high-intermediate Spanish speakers can use the course to review essential grammar, build vocabulary and increase accuracy in translation.
This course is open to all. You do not have to be a UW–Madison student to register. The graduate student fee is applicable to graduate students from any institution.
There are no synchronous class meetings and you will work at your own pace to complete weekly assignments. This course uses a free open online textbook and builds on that material through more examples and explanations, as well as a variety of interactive activities and assessments that you access via the Canvas course site:
- Comprehension checks (quick, interactive, non-graded self-checks)
- 29 quizzes (in-depth, graded practice that can be repeated)
- 4 self-practice activities (short texts that you translate and compare to sample translations for extra practice)
- 5 written assignments (assignments that increase in complexity and are corrected by the instructor with personal feedback)
- Final project (you choose 1 of 3 scholarly texts to translate and submit to the instructor for comments)
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Read and understand, with the help of a dictionary, scholarly texts pertinent to their field of research
- Identify fundamental Spanish grammatical structures and syntax
- Recognize essential Spanish vocabulary words
- Have increased confidence in translation abilities
- Spanish for Reading Knowledge
- Spanish/English dictionary (not a pocket dictionary)
Is this course right for you?
If the following statements accurately describe you, you are a good candidate for our online course:
- I am a skilled reader who is at ease with written instructions and lessons
- I am a self-directed learner, with the initiative to visit a course site regularly
- I am comfortable participating in a course in writing
- I can continue learning independently while waiting for feedback on assignments
- I am organized and able to meet deadlines
- I enjoy working on a computer
- I have 5 to 8 hours weekly that I can devote to this online course
If these statements do not accurately describe you, please consider taking a face-to-face class.
This course consists of 13 modules or units. Here you can see the major topics covered in each module.
- Alphabet, how to use a dictionary, punctuation and capitalization rules
- Gender of nouns
- Definite and indefinite articles
- Adjective/noun agreement
- Introduction to present tense verbs
- Ser, estar, tener
- Adjective placement
- More present tense verbs
- Irregular verbs in the present
- Article omission
- Stem-changing verbs
- Demonstrative adjectives
- Prepositions por and para
- Reflexive verbs
- Imperfect tense
- Adverbs and prepositional phrases
- Uses of se
- Preterite tense (Part 1)
- Negative, positive, and indefinite words
- Pronouns (Direct and Indirect)
- Other verbs used to express "to be"
- Present participle and progressive forms
- Irregular verbs in the preterite
- Pronouns (Double-object, prepositional)
- Pronoun summary
- Verbs like gustar
- Structures with hacer
- Past participle and compound tenses
- Introduction to the subjunctive
- Forms of the present subjunctive
- Verbs that mean "to become"
- Future tense
- Conditional tense
- Past subjunctive
- Contrary-to-fact sentences
- Begin to review the Final Project instructions
- Past perfect subjunctive
- Relative pronouns
- Passive voice
Work on Final Project
Earn Continuing Education Hours
By participating in this class you will earn:
|University of Wisconsin Continuing Education Units||3|
Upcoming dates (1)
$435; graduate students $335
Sept. 1–Dec. 16
All participants need to be registered by Sept. 8, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. CT
Register through: September 08, 2022
All times shown in central time.
- Cancel before course opens: receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative fee.
- Cancel up to 4 business days after the course opens, receive an 80% refund less a $25 administrative fee. No refunds after 4 business days.