German 1

Upcoming dates (3)

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


Master the basics of German: numbers, the alphabet, introducing yourself and having simple conversations while learning about German culture. We use an integrated approach that quickly has you speaking and writing.

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.

The required textbook, "Themen aktuell 1" is sold by many online vendors. Make sure to look for ISBN number 9783190016907. It is generally available on Amazon.

Sections anticipated for summer 2023 (See Upcoming Dates for open sections and more detail):

Tuesdays, June 13–Sept. 5, 5:30–6:30 p.m. CT (No virtual conversation session on July 4)

Tuesdays, June 13–Sept. 5, 6:45–7:45 p.m. CT (No virtual conversation session on July 4)

This is an accordion element with a series of buttons that open and close related content panels.

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)

  • Join our mailing list

    Keep up to date about offerings at Continuing Studies. You'll receive information about upcoming classes and announcements.

  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • By submitting this form, you agree to receive marketing email from UW–Madison Continuing Studies. Read our privacy policy.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

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.

Continuing Studies FAQs

Meet your instructor

Rose Stephenson

(MA, Middlebury College) lived for many years in Germany. She has taught Continuing Studies courses in German for more than 20 years. She brings enthusiasm and passion into her classes. She loves working with adult learners of all ages.

What Attendees Are Saying

Ms. Stephenson's enthusiasm and passion for German is contagious!
Jaime Dorfman
The enthusiasm of the instructor made the class enjoyable.
James Fortier