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Basics of French Pronunciation

Subject Area: LanguagesFrench
Struggling with French pronunciation? Gain confidence speaking French with this short, flexible course that combines a clear understanding of the fundamentals of French pronunciation with practical exercises and personalized feedback from your instructor.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 1, 2024–June 30, 2025
    $195
    Self-paced

Create Your Own Music

If you've ever wanted to compose your own music, this course is for you! Beginners: Complete six composition activities modeled after exercises assigned to great composers. Experienced composers: Stretch your ideas in new or already completed pieces. Prerequisite: basic music notation skills.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 1, 2024–June 30, 2025
    $280
    Self-paced

How Music Works: The Tools of Music Theory

Subject Area: Humanities
This comprehensive study of music theory provides a complete set of tools handy for either a lifelong interest in music or preparing to take college entrance exams. Explore theoretical concepts in the context of real-world projects through the repertoires of famous composers.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 1, 2024–June 30, 2025
    $280
    Self-paced

Music, Art, and Society

Subject Area: Humanities
Explore relationships between the arts and issues in society; both in history and in the present day. No previous experience in art or music is required. Students can choose to complete any combination of the activities offered in the course. Options include listening and art activities (no experience necessary!), and short written reflections. Topics include Industrialization and Labor, the Great Depression, Science, Technology, and the Environment, Gender and Civil Rights, Ukrainian Freedom, Black Lives Matter, the Cajon, Protest and Inequality. Start at any time! and work at your own pace! Take up to a year to complete the course! This course is totally asynchronous and requires no in-person meetings. Feedback and discussions with the instructor take place over email.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 1, 2024–June 30, 2025
    $255
    Self-paced

Personalized Spanish Course

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Do you need Spanish training tailored to your schedule and your needs? Whether you need to increase your Spanish-language skills for work or everyday life, our Personalized Spanish Course offers you the flexibility and professionalism that you need to succeed.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 1, 2024–June 30, 2025
    $2,499
    Self-paced

Spanish Writing: Brush Up the Past Tenses

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Take your command of Spanish to the next level with this practical course. Brush up on those tricky past tenses, object pronouns and the subjunctive while learning to compose a well-written narrative. A Spanish-writing expert will give you personalized feedback on five writing assignments.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 1, 2024–June 30, 2025
    $209
    Self-paced

Spanish Writing: Brush Up the Basics

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
This practical course has something for everyone. Brush up your Spanish writing by eliminating common errors and growing your command of basic language skills. Perfect the use of written accent marks, articles, gender, word order and tricky verb conjugations.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 1, 2024–June 30, 2025
    $209
    Self-paced

Spanish Book Club: Low Intermediate

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Boost your confidence in Spanish with this short low intermediate (A2.1) course that provides the perfect transition from Spanish 3 to Spanish 4. Review essential grammar, learn new expressions and expand your vocabulary as you discuss a short novel with your instructor and other participants.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 25, 2024–Sep. 5, 2024
    $204
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  • July 25, 2024–Sep. 5, 2024
    $204
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Business Spanish Certificate Program

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Improve your professional proficiency in Spanish and gain the cultural knowledge you need to do business with clients and colleagues from across Spain and Latin America. Learn to communicate professionally via email, telephone and videoconferencing in this practical skills-based certificate.
Upcoming Dates
  • Aug. 14, 2024–Dec. 13, 2024
    $699
    Group-paced
  • Jan. 29, 2025–May 30, 2025
    $749
    Group-paced

Spanish 0

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
This mini-course developed by UW-Madison sets you up for success in Spanish 1 with a slow introduction to the fundamentals of Spanish. Guided by an experienced instructor and proven strategies for adult language learners, you will feel success from day one.
Upcoming Dates
  • Aug. 20, 2024–Sep. 24, 2024
    $144
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  • Aug. 21, 2024–Sep. 25, 2024
    $144
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  • Aug. 22, 2024–Sep. 26, 2024
    $144
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  • Oct. 29, 2024–Dec. 10, 2024
    $144
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French for Reading and Translation

Subject Area: LanguagesFrench
Gain the basic skills you need to read and translate French texts to English. Learn fundamental French grammar and vocabulary while translating texts from disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. This course is excellent preparation for a French graduate-level reading knowledge exam.
Upcoming Dates
  • Aug. 28, 2024–Dec. 11, 2024
    $475; Graduate students $375
    Group-paced
  • Jan. 15, 2025–April 30, 2025
    $475; Graduate students $375
    Group-paced

German for Reading and Translation

Subject Area: LanguagesGerman
Gain the basic skills you need to read and translate German texts to English. Learn fundamental German grammar and vocabulary while translating texts from disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. This course is excellent preparation for a German graduate-level reading knowledge exam.
Upcoming Dates
  • Aug. 28, 2024–Dec. 11, 2024
    $475; Graduate students $375
    Group-paced
  • Jan. 15, 2025–April 30, 2025
    $475; Graduate students $375
    Group-paced

Italian for Reading and Translation

Subject Area: LanguagesItalian
Gain the basic skills you need to read and translate Italian texts to English. Learn fundamental Italian grammar and vocabulary while translating texts from disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. This course is excellent preparation for an Italian graduate-level reading knowledge exam
Upcoming Dates
  • Aug. 28, 2024–Dec. 11, 2024
    $475; Graduate students $375
    Group-paced
  • Jan. 15, 2025–April 30, 2025
    $475; Graduate students $375
    Group-paced

Spanish for Reading and Translation: Basic

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Gain the basic skills you need to read and translate Spanish texts to English. Learn fundamental Spanish grammar and vocabulary while translating texts from disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. This course is excellent preparation for a Spanish graduate-level reading knowledge exam.
Upcoming Dates
  • Aug. 28, 2024–Dec. 11, 2024
    $475; Graduate students $375
    Group-paced
  • Jan. 15, 2025–April 30, 2025
    $475; Graduate students $375
    Group-paced

Spanish for Reading and Translation: Comprehensive

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Gain the skills you need to translate Spanish texts from disciplines in the social sciences and humanities to English. This comprehensive course is more extensive than the basic course with additional instructor feedback, more advanced translations and a capstone project tailored to you.
Upcoming Dates
  • Aug. 28, 2024–Dec. 18, 2024
    $585; Graduate students $485
    Group-paced
  • Jan. 8, 2025–April 30, 2025
    $585; Graduate students $485
    Group-paced

Italian 1

Subject Area: LanguagesItalian
This practical beginner’s course (A1.1), designed by UW-Madison for adult language learners, explores the cultural richness of Italian culture while helping you master the basics of Italian. Learn to talk about life, family and travel with this popular course.
Upcoming Dates
  • Sep. 10, 2024–Nov. 19, 2024
    $269
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  • Sep. 25, 2024–Dec. 11, 2024
    $269
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Spanish 1

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
This practical beginner’s course (A1.1), developed fully by UW-Madison for adult language learners, explores the cultural richness of the Spanish-speaking world while helping you master the basics of Spanish. Learn to talk about life, family, work and travel with our award-winning approach.
Upcoming Dates
  • Sep. 10, 2024–Nov. 19, 2024
    $279
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  • Sep. 10, 2024–Nov. 19, 2024
    $279
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  • Sep. 11, 2024–Nov. 20, 2024
    $279
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  • Sep. 24, 2024–Dec. 10, 2024
    $279
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  • Oct. 1, 2024–Dec. 17, 2024
    $279
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  • Oct. 2, 2024–Dec. 18, 2024
    $279
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  • Oct. 3, 2024–Dec. 19, 2024
    $279
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Spanish 2

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
This practical high beginner’s course (A1.2), developed fully by UW-Madison for adult language learners, explores the cultural richness of the Spanish-speaking world while improving your ability to converse about real-life topics. Focuses on the present tense with an introduction to the past tense.
Upcoming Dates
  • Sep. 11, 2024–Nov. 20, 2024
    $279
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  • Sep. 11, 2024–Nov. 20, 2024
    $279
    Live online
  • Sep. 23, 2024–Dec. 9, 2024
    $279
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  • Sep. 24, 2024–Dec. 10, 2024
    $279
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  • Sep. 26, 2024–Dec. 12, 2024
    $279
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Spanish 3

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
This practical low-intermediate course (A2.1), developed fully by UW-Madison for adult language learners, explores the cultural richness of the Spanish-speaking world, while growing your speaking and comprehension skills. Learn to discuss past events and express opinions with real-life Spanish.
Upcoming Dates
  • Sep. 11, 2024–Nov. 20, 2024
    $279
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  • Sep. 24, 2024–Dec. 10, 2024
    $279
    Live online
  • Sep. 24, 2024–Dec. 10, 2024
    $279
    Live online

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. Honorlock will proctor these exams.
Upcoming Dates
  • Sep. 12, 2024
    $65
    Self-paced
  • Jan. 9, 2025
    $65
    Self-paced
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