French and Italian courses

Bienvenue! Benvenuto! Our distance learning programs in French and Italian offer you the flexibility and convenience of learning a language at “your pace, your place” from experienced, highly qualified, and caring instructors.

Whether you are looking for beginning Italian or advanced French Literature, our distance education courses can fulfill your needs. Classes are available by correspondence or online. These include first-year, second-year, intermediate, and advanced French classes, as well as first-year and second-year Italian.

We are the only provider of advanced, college-credit, distance learning courses in French in the United States.

About Independent Learning
List of French courses
List of Italian courses
About the courses
FAQs
Costs
Also of interest
Contact us


About independent learning

The Independent Learning program at the University of Wisconsin offers self-paced courses in a wide variety of subject areas. You can start any course at any time, and take up to a year to complete each course.

Many students find that our courses are accepted as transfer credits to satisfy degree requirements either at the University of Wisconsin or at other institutions.

French courses

Click on a course to view its description in the Independent Learning online catalog

Courses (Click on a course title to go to the Independent Learning catalog online.) University Credits

First-year level

First Semester French (U400-101) [Online Course]
• Course closed for revision, will open for registration this summer
4
Second Semester French (U400-102, view syllabus») [Online Course]
• Course closed for revision, will open for registration this summer
4

Second-year level

Third Semester French (U400-203, view syllabus») [Online Course]
• Course closed for revision, will open for registration this summer
4
Fourth Semester French (U400-204, view syllabus») [Online Course]
• Course closed for revision, will open for registration this summer
4

Third-year level

Intermediate French Language and Culture (U400-227) (Correspondence Course) More information
3
Introduction to French Literary Analysis (U400-271) (Correspondence Course)
4
Business French (U400-313) (Correspondence Course)
3
Introduction a la Civilisation Francaise (U400-347) (Correspondence Course)
3

Fourth-year level and above

Modern African Prose and Poetry in French (U400-454) (Correspondence Course)
3

Meet your French instructors

Sage Goellner (PhD, French, UW-Madison)
Sage is assistant professor of French and adult learning, and the director of French independent learning.
Email: sgoellner@dcs.wisc.edu
Jan Starczewski (MA French, History, UW-Madison)
Born in France and raised in England, Jan is currently a PhD student in French at UW-Madison. His area of research is 18th-century French history and literature. He teaches French 227, French 271, French 313, French 347, and French 454.
Email: starczewski@wisc.edu
Britt Zeidler (MA, French, University of Calgary)
A native of Canada, Britt grew up abroad spending many years in France and various francophone countries. She has extensive experience teaching French in the classroom and online. She teaches French 101, 102, 203, and 204.
Email: bzeidler@dcs.wisc.edu

Italian courses

Click on a course to view its description in the Independent Learning online catalog

Courses (Click on a course title to go to the Independent Learning catalog online.) University Credits

First-year level

First Semester Italian (U508-101) (Online Course)
• Course closed for revision, will open for registration this summer
4
Second Semester Italian (U508-102) (Online Course)
• Course closed for revision, will open for registration this summer
4

About the courses

Choose the right course: With a language, it is sometimes a challenge to determine which course is right for you. Please contact Sage Goellner for help in selecting your course. In some cases, we will ask you for a writing sample for correct placement.

Exams: Examinations are mailed to a proctor selected by the student, subject to the approval of the Independent Learning program. Generally, proctors should be academic employees of a college or high school.
  
E-mail lesson submission: Many of our courses give you the option of submitting lessons as e-mail attachments. Attachments should be either plain text or rtf (rich text format).

If you are already enrolled in a course and want to check on the availability of e-mail submission, contact Student Services at 1-877-UW-LEARN (1-877-895-3276). The Web page for on-line lesson submission is https://il.wisconsin.edu/current/submitassign.aspx.

Registration, transfer, transcripts: All of our university-level French classes are officially part of the University of Wisconsin Transfer Information System and generally transfer to all UW campuses without difficulty. If you are planning to use an Independent Learning course to satisfy the requirements of a particular program of study, you should check with that program's office for guidance. For information on transferring credit to an institution outside the UW system, please consult the registrar of that institution. See the main Independent Learning Web Site for additional information on registration, transfer, and other issues.

Handbook: The Student Handbook (PDF) has more information about Independent Learning.

FAQs

See Frequently Asked Questions about Independent Learning courses.

Costs

The cost of each independent learning course is determined, on a per-credit basis, by the University of Wisconsin System. Visit the Independent Learning website for current tuition rates and fees. Full-time students at UW campuses may be eligible for tuition remission. For more information, contact Student Services at 1-877-UW-LEARN (1-877-895-3276).

Also of interest

Other courses: For a complete list of Independent Learning Courses in other areas, see the Learning Innovations On-Line Catalog.

Contact: For inquiries about French courses, please contact Sage Goellner, 21 N Park St., 7th Floor, Madison, WI 53715, Call: 1-608-262-4873, or e-mail sgoellner@dcs.wisc.edu

For inquiries about Italian courses, please contact Sarah Korpi, 21 N Park St., 7th Floor, Madison, WI 53715, Call: 608-890-3364, or e-mail skorpi@dcs.wisc.edu

The academic home of the Independent Learning French program is UW-Madison's Division of Continuing Studies.