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Continuing Studies


Watch this short video about why our online Language program is one of the best in the country!

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

You will practice speaking in weekly 30-minute online sessions led by an experienced instructor, with a maximum of 3-6 other participants. In order to get to know all of your classmates, your conversation time will vary between the first or second 30-minute time slot of the hour you registered for. You should be available for either.

The live online sessions begin one week after the scheduled course start date to allow time to work through the first unit of learning material in preparation for the live conversation practice.

Online course materials introduce new grammar and vocabulary and teach pronunciation, listening, and reading skills through videos, audio and interactive exercises. Budget 3-4 hours a week to work through the online asynchronous content.

Course materials become available online on the scheduled course start date 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.

Want an in-person version of this course in Madison, WI? Check our course listing for availability.

Sections anticipated for fall 2024 (See Upcoming Dates for open sections and more detail):

Tuesdays, Sept. 17–Dec. 10, 5:30–6:30 p.m. CT (No virtual conversaton on Nov. 26)

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 Chris 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 instructors

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.

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