French Language & Culture
Did you know that French is the only language, other than English, spoken on five continents? French and English are the only two global languages, and France is the second most visited country in the world. French is the language of business, technology, art, fashion, cuisine, and opens a world of opportunity for you. We have French classes for beginners through professionals, all oriented toward improving conversational skills to prepare you for real situations such as travel in Francophone countries.
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Conversational French classes in Madison
Browse upcoming French classes in the Continuing Education Catalog online.
French language and culture: beginning 1: First time learning French or just getting back into it after many years? Either way, this is the class for you. Learn the basics: numbers, the alphabet, and how to introduce yourself and carry on simple conversations. Designed for francophiles and travelers alike, our class encourages an appreciation for the richness of French and Francophone cultures. No prerequisite.Instructor: Jan Hagedorn
French language and culture:
beginning 2: This continuation of Beginning 1
builds on your abilities to have
everyday exchanges about yourself,
travel, hobbies, and routines. Enjoy a
buffet dinner after class (included in
the cost). Prerequisite: Beginning 1, or instructor’s consent. Instructors: Sage Goellner, Andrew Irving
French reading knowledge exam: This one-hour exam can be taken on weekdays between 8:30 and 11 am, or between 1 and 3:30 pm at 21 N. Park St, 7th floor. Register at 139 Pyle Center at least seven days in advance.
If you aren't sure which level is right for you, please contact the French classes coordinator at email@example.com.
Textbooks for language classes are available for preview and purchase on campus in the University Book Store's lower level, in the outreach section. The University Book Store is located at 711 State St., Madison (at Lake St., on the Library Mall). See campus map.
Sage Goellner holds a PhD in French Literature from UW-Madison, has lived and worked in France, and has over ten years of teaching experience. Learn more about Sage in her Brava Magazine profile.
Jan Hagedorn (PhD student in World Language Education) has taught French and Spanish for the past 5 years. She has an M.A. in Spanish and an M.A.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction, as well as a B.A. in French and Hispanic Studies. She has lived and studied in France.
What students say about French classes
Distance learning in French
If you can't attend our face-to-face classes, or if you want to work on reading and writing rather than speaking French, explore our Independent Learning courses. French language, literature, civilization, and business courses are available at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels.
- Earn transferable college credit.
- Work one-on-one with our experienced instructors via e-mail or postal mail.
- Start your course at any time, all year round.
- Work at your own schedule for as long as one year to complete each course.
Online French Course
Take up to a year to complete these online French course. For more information, visit our online French page.
- French and Francophone women writers
- French for reading knowledge
A fun way to improve French language skills and make new friends for children 4-15 years of age. Learn more.
Also of interest
Visit www.uwfrenchhouse.org for information on French-speaking groups in Madison.
How to register
Call 608-262-2451, 7:00 am-4:00 pm, M-F. Specific program numbers and links to the mail-in registration form or to register online can be found in the continuing education catalog.
- Madison area registration questions: 608-262-2451.
- UW-Madison Continuing Studies in French coordinator Sage Goellner: firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-262-4873.
- Join the mailing list for French or other language programs.
- Review frequently asked questions about language programs.