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Continuing Studies


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.

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):

Saturdays, Feb. 5–April 30, 10–11 a.m. CT (No virtual conversation March 19)

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)

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

Upcoming dates (3)

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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.

Manuela Francavilla

(MA, UW-Madison) grew up in Northern Italy, where she earned her undergraduate degree in foreign languages (Spanish and French). For over ten years she has been living in Madison, where she has been working as an Italian translator and instructor.