About this Book

This open textbook is currently maintained by Dr. Erin Paul to support the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s online Spanish for Reading and Translation course. It is adapted from Jeff Kirsch’s print version, Spanish for Reading Knowledge: A Complete Course in Spanish Grammar with Emphasis on Reading Skills.

This textbook guides a learner with no previous experience with Spanish through the process of reading and translating formal and academic language in order to use it in research or for personal enrichment.

Online Edition

The online version of this textbook, which is used to support the University of Wisconsin online Spanish for Reading and Translation courses, was adapted and edited by Erin Paul (Ph.D.) with help from Julie M. Dahl (Ph.D.). It is maintained by Erin Paul and any questions can be directed to her at erin.paul@wisc.edu.

About the Author

Jeff Kirsch received his B.A. degree from Miami University and his M.A. and Ph.D., with a specialty in 20th-Century Peninsular Contemporary novel and a minor in Portuguese, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has also studies at the Universidad de los Andes, in Bogotá, Colombia and the Universidade Federal do Paraná in Curitiba, ParanáBrazil.

He has taught Portuguese language and a wide variety of courses in Spanish language and literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before retiring he directed the Independent Learning program in Spanish and Portuguese at the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies. Also he has directed the Spanish language program at Tulane University.

The author has written and had published three novels, including Madlands and God’s Little Isthmus. 


William Hagen, an undergraduate student at UW-Madison majoring in statistics and environmental science, was integral in helping to create the open textbook in 2017. Our thanks to him for transferring the content of the print textbook to WordPress, the original home of the textbook.

We also want to acknowledge Dr. Alan Ng and Dr. Sarah Korpi for their ongoing technical support. Their experience creating open online textbooks has helped improve the presentation of the material you see here.



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