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Spanish Book Club

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Join other advanced learners to read Isabel Allende's best selling first novel with an expert in Spanish literature. Improve your Spanish and learn about Chile's culture and history during the 20th century while discussing La casa de los espíritus.
Upcoming Dates
  • Jan. 25, 2022–April 12, 2022
    $295
    Live online

French 2

Subject Area: LanguagesFrench
Build your vocabulary as you improve your ability to converse in the present tense and become familiar with past tenses. Practice conversing while learning relevant cultural information.
Upcoming Dates
  • Jan. 26, 2022–April 20, 2022
    $215
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  • Feb. 3, 2022–April 28, 2022
    $215
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  • Feb. 3, 2022–April 28, 2022
    $215
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Italian 2

Subject Area: LanguagesItalian
Continue exploring the richness of Italian culture while enhancing your ability to have everyday conversations about travel, holidays and daily routines in the present tense. We also introduce the past tense. Increase your vocabulary and communication skills with an integrated teaching approach.
Upcoming Dates
  • Jan. 31, 2022–April 25, 2022
    $215
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  • Jan. 31, 2022–April 25, 2022
    $215
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Spanish 1

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Customizable
Explore the cultural richness of the Spanish-speaking world with this beginning-level language class. Master the basics of Spanish with a proven communicative approach that combines our popular in-person class with robust online resources to keep you learning between classes.
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 1, 2022–April 19, 2022
    $215
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  • Feb. 1, 2022–April 19, 2022
    $215
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  • Feb. 7, 2022–April 25, 2022
    $215
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  • Feb. 7, 2022–April 25, 2022
    $215
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  • Feb. 9, 2022–April 27, 2022
    $215
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  • March 17, 2022–May 26, 2022
    $215
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  • March 17, 2022–May 26, 2022
    $215
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Italian 1

Subject Area: LanguagesItalian
Italian 1 is designed for beginning learners who wish to gain practical knowledge of the Italian language and familiarize themselves with Italian culture. Learn the vocabulary and grammar necessary to communicate effectively in key social situations and while traveling.
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 2, 2022–April 27, 2022
    $215
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  • Feb. 2, 2022–April 27, 2022
    $215
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  • Feb. 7, 2022–May 2, 2022
    $215
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  • Feb. 7, 2022–May 2, 2022
    $215
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Portuguese 1

Subject Area: LanguagesPortuguese
Explore the cultural richness of the Portuguese-speaking world with this beginning-level language class (A1.1). Master the basics of Portuguese with a proven communicative approach that combines conversation practice with your instructor with robust online resources to keep you learning between classes. 
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 2, 2022–April 27, 2022
    $215
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Spanish 0

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Customizable
This mini-course sets you up for success in Spanish 1 with a slow introduction to the fundamentals of the Spanish language.
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 3, 2022–March 10, 2022
    $110
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Business Spanish Certificate Program

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
In as little as six months, greatly improve your professional proficiency in Spanish and gain the cultural knowledge you need to conduct business in Spain and Latin America. Learn to communicate professionally via email, telephone, video conferencing and in-person.
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 7, 2022–Nov. 7, 2022
    $925; Group of 2 or more, $810 each
    Group-paced
  • May 16, 2022–Feb. 16, 2023
    $925; Groups of 2 or more, $810 each
    Group-paced

Spanish 3

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Customizable
Get a solid introduction to the Spanish past tenses in this highly practical, low-intermediate course. Learn to converse about travel, work and customs in the Hispanic world. Improve your vocabulary, learn to communicate in conversational Spanish while developing your reading and writing skills.
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 8, 2022–May 3, 2022
    $215
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  • Feb. 8, 2022–May 3, 2022
    $215
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  • March 17, 2022–June 2, 2022
    $215
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French 3

Subject Area: LanguagesFrench
Refine and deepen your ability to converse in the past and future tenses as you discuss families, work, travel and customs in France and the Francophone world. Prerequisite: French 2.
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 8, 2022–May 3, 2022
    $215
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  • Feb. 8, 2022–May 3, 2022
    $215
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Spanish 4

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Customizable
Refine and deepen your ability to discuss past events. Learn the future and conditional tenses, and become familiar with the subjunctive mood. Polish your verbal communication skills as you discuss education, the workplace and cultures of the Hispanic world.
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 8, 2022–May 3, 2022
    $215
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  • Feb. 8, 2022–May 3, 2022
    $215
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French 1

Subject Area: LanguagesFrench
Join other Francophiles as you learn the basics of French with listening, speaking, reading and writing activities. Learn to introduce yourself, use numbers and talk about cities, hotels and travel. Textbook and workbook required.
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 8, 2022–May 3, 2022
    $215
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  • Feb. 8, 2022–May 3, 2022
    $215
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  • Feb. 17, 2022–May 12, 2022
    $215
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  • Feb. 17, 2022–May 12, 2022
    $215
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Spanish 2

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Customizable
This practical high-beginner's course blends the best practices of our in-person instruction with active online learning outside the classroom. Improve your ability to converse about more topics in the present tense, take your first steps in the past tense and grow your comprehension skills.
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 8, 2022–April 26, 2022
    $215
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  • Feb. 8, 2022–April 26, 2022
    $215
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  • Feb. 9, 2022–April 27, 2022
    $215
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  • Feb. 9, 2022–April 27, 2022
    $215
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  • Feb. 16, 2022–May 4, 2022
    $215
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  • Feb. 16, 2022–May 4, 2022
    $215
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  • March 14, 2022–May 23, 2022
    $215
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  • March 14, 2022–May 23, 2022
    $215
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Spanish 5

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Customizable
Take your Spanish to the next level in this highly practical high-intermediate class. Learn the differences between the present subjunctive and indicative. Improve your use of prepositions and complex sentence structures and delve deeper into the past tenses.
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 9, 2022–May 4, 2022
    $215
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French 4

Subject Area: LanguagesFrench
Polish your skills as you discuss the culture and history of France and the Francophone world. Refine your knowledge of tense, lexicon and register while improving your reading and listening abilities.
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 10, 2022–May 5, 2022
    $215
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German 2

Subject Area: LanguagesGerman
Continue to learn words, phrases, and the history and traditions of German-speaking people as you immerse yourself in a fun and relaxed environment. Prerequisites: German 1 or instructor's consent. Textbook required. Complete information about textbook provided the first day of class.
Upcoming Dates
  • April 7, 2022–June 23, 2022
    $215
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  • April 7, 2022–June 23, 2022
    $215
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Language Reading Knowledge Exam

These translation exams test reading knowledge of French, German, Italian or Spanish and meet the requirements of UW–Madison graduate programs. Register at least one week prior to your chosen exam date. No refunds after registration.
Upcoming Dates
  • May 9, 2022
    $65
    Self-paced
  • Sep. 6, 2022
    $65
    Self-paced
  • Jan. 12, 2023
    $65
    Self-paced

Spanish for Reading and Translation: Comprehensive

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Benefit from all of the materials in our basic course with additional interactive exercises, 60 percent more instructor-graded translations, more advanced readings and a final capstone project tailored to your academic or professional field. Hone your Spanish-to-English translation skills.
Upcoming Dates
  • May 11, 2022–Aug. 31, 2022
    $545; Graduate students, $445
    Self-paced

Italian for Reading and Translation

Subject Area: LanguagesItalian
Offered three times a year and open to all, this course on Italian reading and translation covers the essential grammar and vocabulary to prepare you for your Italian graduate-level translation exam or other research. When you have completed this course, you will have a solid foundation in the Italian language.
Upcoming Dates
  • Start Anytime
    $435; Graduate students $335
    Self-paced
  • May 18, 2022–Aug. 31, 2022
    $435; Graduate students $335
    Self-paced

German for Reading and Translation

Subject Area: LanguagesGerman
Open to all students who want to study German for translation. Great for meeting graduate program language requirements or for genealogy work. Key skills you'll learn include taking advantage of similarities between English and German, expert dictionary use and recognizing easy grammar cues.
Upcoming Dates
  • Start Anytime
    $435; Graduate students $335
    Self-paced
  • May 18, 2022–Aug. 31, 2022
    $435; Graduate students $335
    Self-paced
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