Italian 1

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Italian 1 is designed for beginning learners who wish to gain a practical knowledge of the Italian language and familiarize themselves with Italian culture. Learn the vocabulary and grammar necessary to communicate effectively in key social situations and while traveling. Emphasis is on reading, writing, listening and speaking.

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. 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 9789606931215.  It is generally available on Amazon and at MEP Education.

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

Mondays, June 5–Aug. 28, 5:30–6:30 p.m. CT (No virtual conversation July 3)

Mondays, June 5–Aug. 28, 6:45–7:45 p.m. CT (No virtual conversation July 3)

Thursdays, June 22–Sept. 7, 9–10 a.m. CT

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

Wednesdays, Sept. 13–Dec. 6, 5:30–6:30 p.m. CT (No virtual conversation on Nov.22)

Wednesdays, Sept. 13–Dec. 6, 6:45–7:45 p.m. CT (No virtual conversation on Nov. 22)

Thursdays, Sept. 14–Dec. 7, 5:30–6:30 p.m. CT (No virtual conversation on Nov. 23)

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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 instructors

Dario Sponchiado

(MA, Milan State University) Originally from Milan, Italy, Dario has taught Italian in multiple countries before settling in the U.S. 10 years ago. Dario enjoys technologies applied to education and has a graduate certificate from CU-Boulder in Language Teaching with Technology.

Sara Paris

(Ph.D. candidate, UW-Madison) Originally from Italy, she has taught beginning through advanced Italian language courses for several years for the Italian department at UW-Madison and outside the academic setting. She is enthusiastic about working with adult learners since they bring different perspectives to class. She is inspired by their self-motivation, especially their curiosity about Italian culture and history.