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Please note: This is a comprehensive list of all languages classes Continuing Studies offers. Not all classes are offered every semester.

Business Spanish 1 - online
Business Spanish 1 gives you the essential skills to conduct business in a Spanish-speaking environment.

Business Spanish 2 - online

Chinese 1
This course provides an introduction to Chinese language and culture, with an emphasis on developing basic conversational ability.

Chinese 2
Continue learning Chinese through a fast, interactive, and practical approach. Improve your listening and speaking skills as you converse about more complex topics.

Cuban Literature and Film
Explore the richness of Cuban history and culture through film, song, dance, and fiction.

Don't Forget Your French!
Don't let your French get rusty. Review greetings, common expressions, questions, descriptions, and cultural savoir-faire.

French 1
Learn the basics: numbers, the alphabet, and how to introduce yourself and carry on simple conversations.

French 2
This continuation of Beginning 1 builds on your abilities to have everyday exchanges about yourself, travel, hobbies, and routine situations.

French 3
Practice and refine your spoken French in the convivial atmosphere of La Maison Française. You continue improving your skills in a set of guided lessons followed by a buffet dinner (included in the price).

French Camp for Youth
Designed for beginning and continuing French students ages 4-12, French Camp is a fun and creative immersion way to improve language skills and make new friends.

French for Reading Knowledge
This course is open to all students who want to study French for reading knowledge and translation.

French for Reading Knowledge Exam
This 1-hour exam can be taken on weekdays, between 8am and 3pm, at 21 N Park St, 7th floor.

German 1
Master the basics: numbers, the alphabet, introducing yourself, and having simple conversations.

German 2
Continue to learn words, phrases, and the history and traditions of German-speaking people as you immerse yourself in a fun and relaxed environment.

German for Reading Knowledge
Learn to read German for graduate school requirements or genealogical research.

German for Reading Knowledge Exam
This 1-hour exam can be taken on weekdays, 8am-3pm, at 21 N Park St, 7th floor.

Italian 1
In this course you master the basics as well as phrases most useful to travelers.

Italian 2
Continue exploring the richness of Italian language and culture. Build on your ability to have everyday exchanges about travel, hobbies, family, and daily routines.

Japanese 1
In this class you learn two of the three writing systems: Hiragara and Katakana.

Japanese 2
Continue learning Japanese through a fast, interactive, and practical approach. Improve your listening and speaking skills, with increased emphasis on advanced conversation.

Keeping in Touch with Spanish
Maintain and enhance your Spanish language skills in a fun, informal setting that focuses on building oral fluency.

Korean 1
Learn the language through an interactive and practical approach that incorporates cultural information about Korea.

Korean 2
Continue learning Korean through a fast, interactive, and practical approach. Improve your listening and speaking skills, with increased emphasis on advanced conversation.

Latin Percussion Instruments
Taught bilingually, this 10-week course focuses on Latin American percussion rhythms and patterns played on congas, bongo, timbales, and other instruments in the context of salsa and other Latin American styles.

Portuguese 1
This course is for people of any age who wish to learn Portuguese through an interactive and practical approach that incorporates cultural information about the Portuguese-speaking world.

Portuguese 2
This class introduces the past tense, builds vocabulary, and will improve listening and speaking skills.

Salsa: Percusion en Español
Taught bilingually, this course focuses on Latin American percussion rhythms and patterns played on congas, bongo, thimbales, and other instruments, in the context of salsa and other Latin American styles.

Spanish 0
This course will prepare you for a Spanish 1 course using a slower pace with extensive explanation and reinforcement.

Spanish 1
Jump start your fluency by focusing on high-frequency vocabulary and the basic building blocks of the Spanish language.

Spanish 1: Saturday Intensive
Jump start your Spanish learning experience with our popular Spanish 1 course, team-taught in an immersion setting.

Spanish 2
This course continues laying out the basic structures of the Spanish language with more irregular verbs, pronoun placement, reflexives, and an introduction to talking about the past.

Spanish 2: Saturday Intensive
Continue building your foundation of Spanish with our popular Level 2 course team-taught in an immersion setting.

Spanish 3
This course gives extensive treatment of the diverse ways to discuss the past, command forms and common difficulties for non-native speakers.

Spanish 4
This course focuses on complex verb tenses and structures, including the present and past subjunctive, the future, and the conditional, as well as skills in conversation, reading, and writing.

Spanish Advanced Conversation: Spanish Short Films
This class will help you expand your vocabulary, reinforce grammatical structures, and teach you about Spanish culture while growing your conversational skills in Spanish.

Spanish Advanced Review: All About the Past
This class is for those who have recently studied the past tenses but desire to solidify and advance their knowledge.

Spanish Advanced Review: All About the Subjunctive
This class is for those who have previously studied the subjunctive and future tenses but want more in-depth practice while solidifying and advancing their knowledge of Hispanic cultures.

Spanish Evenings: Tapas and Conversation
This 4-part series combines lectures about icons and stereotypes of the Hispanic world with wine, light tapas, and conversation.

Spanish for Medical Professionals
This course is for medical professionals and personnel, including social workers, pharmacists, and clinic and hospital receptionists.

Spanish for Reading Knowledge
This course is designed for graduate students and others who need to demonstrate reading competency in a foreign language.

Spanish for Reading Knowledge Exam
This translation exam, which also includes a brief grammar section, is accepted by UW-Madison graduate programs.

Spanish Topics in Translation: Leonardo Padura
This class will introduce you to the works of one of today's most acclaimed Cuban authors, Leonardo Padura Fuentes, whose award-winning work has transformed the crime novel and is considered one of the most faithful descriptions of current Cuban life.

Spanish Topics in Translation: the Boom Authors
Learn about Latin American culture through the eyes of the pioneer Boom authors, such as Gabriel García Márquez and Mario Vargas Llosa.

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