Spanish Writing: Brush Up the Past Tenses

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Take your command of Spanish to the next level with this practical course. Brush up on those tricky past tenses, object pronouns and the subjunctive while learning to compose a well-written narrative. A Spanish-writing expert will give you personalized feedback on five writing assignments. Plus, learning to write complex sentences will improve your spoken Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 5 or previous study of the past tenses and the subjunctive.

Students have 6 months from the registration date to complete the course.


Improve in 10 lessons

The interactive lessons will focus on various aspects of grammar, such as:

  • Noun, article and adjective agreement
  • Subject and verb agreement
  • Preterite and imperfect forms
  • Past progressive and past perfect tenses
  • Subjunctive forms
  • Direct and indirect object pronouns

You will review the Spanish past tenses and gain a deeper understanding of their differences. You will review conjunctions, the subjunctive mood and learn to add interest and depth to your writing. Plus, you'll learn how to proofread your own work, use a dictionary to your advantage, improve your descriptions and vary sentence structure when writing. You'll apply your learning with four guided writing assignments, and multiple interactive quizzes during the course will help you gauge what you're learning. You will get constructive feedback on all your writing assignments from a Spanish language expert.

The last lesson will include a 500-700 word personal narrative, in which you will put into practice everything you learned throughout the course.

At the end of this course, you will be a more effective writer. You will also be better equipped to incorporate complex sentence structures and richer vocabulary into your conversations.

Register now!

Appropriate for heritage speakers or intermediate to advanced Spanish language learners. From the time of registration, students have 6 months to complete the course.

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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

Arsenio Cicero-Sancristobal

(PhD, UW-Madison) is a native of Havana and an experienced Spanish instructor who has taught extensively in Wisconsin. He is interested in combining language and culture in the classes he teaches.

What Attendees Are Saying

The amount of work that went into preparing the online class was extraordinary.
Kristine Lamont
I liked being able to focus over a long period of time on honing my use of the past tenses. Dr. Cicero was an awesome, encouraging, and very responsive professor.
Willa Brucaya
The class was comprehensive and well-thought-out. The teacher was super helpful, cordial and always extremely responsive. I really like the quizzes at the end of each unit. I found those extremely helpful in practicing and testing your understanding. I think it's an excellent program.
The professor's editing and comments were invaluable. I appreciated his patience and willingness to give me feedback.
Bruce Kelling