German 1


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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. No prerequisites.

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 is sold by many online vendors. Make sure to look for ISBN number 9783190016907.  It is generally available on Amazon.

Sections available for spring 2023 (See Upcoming Dates for more detail):

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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

Alla Schwartz

(MA, Cherkasy National Bohdan Khmelnytsky University) has been teaching German language and culture for more than 10 years. Her diverse background and rich experience help her students better understand themselves and the world. She is passionate about creating a welcoming environment for her learners and enthusiastic about sharing her experiences with them.

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