Italian 1

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


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.

Textbook purchase required: Italian textbook

Sections available for spring 2022 (See Upcoming Dates for more detail):

Wednesdays, Feb. 2–April 27,  5:30–6:30 p.m. CT. (No virtual conversation March 30)

Wednesdays, Feb. 2–April 27,  6:45–7:45 p.m. CT. (No virtual conversation March 30)

Mondays, Feb. 7–May 2, 5:30–6:30 p.m. CT (No virtual conversation March 14

Mondays, Feb. 7–May 2, 6:45–7:45 p.m. CT (No virtual conversation March 14)

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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(s)

Lisa Ferrazzano

(MA, Middlebury College; PhD, City Univ. of New York Graduate Center) has instructed Italian language and literature in a variety of settings over the past 25 years. Her background in linguistics gives her a unique perspective on the Italian language and a passion for second language acquisition.

Irene Hatzopoulos

(PhD Student--Italian, UW Madison) is a current dissertator working on her PhD in Italian Literature and Film Studies. She has taught all language levels, has experience working with adult language learners, and is the current coordinator of La Cineteca Italiana.