French 1

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For registration assistance: 608-262-2451
Register by mail: printable registration form


Learn the French basics with listening, speaking, reading and writing activities. French 1 covers introductions, numbers, cities and likes and dislikes. Textbook and workbook required. The Alter Ego 1 textbook and workbook are used for French 1 & 2.

Prerequisite: None.

Course format

Instructional videos and interactive online materials in the Canvas course platform introduce new grammar and vocabulary and teach pronunciation, listening and reading skills. Participants should budget 3–4 hours a week to work through the online asynchronous materials in preparation for the live online conversation groups. Participants practice speaking live with the instructor in small groups of 3–6 students in 30-minute weekly sessions. Groups will vary weekly, so participants should be available for the entire one-hour time slot. Online course materials are available one week before the first live conversation class and remain accessible for one month after the course ends.

Find out if this is the right level for you with these placement tests: French 1 self–placement test, French 2 self–placement test.

Want to know more about learning a language online? Read Dr. Julie Dahl’s blog post about our online course format.

Textbook and workbook purchase required: French 1 & 2 Textbook, French 1 & 2 Workbook.

Sections available for spring 2022 (See upcoming dates for more detail):

Mondays, Feb. 14–May 9, 5:30–6:30 p.m. CT (No virtual conversation March 14)

Mondays, Feb.14–May 9, 6:45–7:45 p.m. CT (No virtual conversation March 14)

Tuesdays, Feb. 8–May 3, 5:30–6:30 p.m. CT (No virtual conversation March 15)

Tuesdays, Feb. 8–May 3,  6:45–7:45 p.m. CT (No virtual conversation March 15)

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Earn Continuing Education Hours

By participating in this class you will earn:

Instructional Hours 35
University of Wisconsin Continuing Education Units 3.5

Explanation of Continuing Education Hours

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Program Questions?

Contact Christopher Moore at christopher.moore@wisc.edu or 608-262-7389

Registration Questions?

Email registrations@pyle.wisc.edu or call 608-262-2451.

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Meet your instructor(s)

Stacy Ann Black

(MA, University of Maine) is an online French instructor for the Continuing Education program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed her degree in French literature, but has always been passionate about teaching the language itself.

Paola Zinsli-Aguilar


(MA, EAE Business School and Univ. of Barcelona) grew up bilingual in Spanish and French in Honduras. She moved to France to study teaching French as a foreign language and later began teaching Spanish as well. Her teaching career has taken her all over the world. She has taught language courses in a variety of contexts in France, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Madison, WI.