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Continuing Studies


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This practical high beginner’s course (A1.2), designed by UW-Madison for adult language learners, explores the richness of Italian culture while improving your ability to converse about real-life topics. Focuses on the present tense with an introduction to the past tense.

Newly revised! Our proven communicative approach emphasizes speaking competency while also building skills in listening, reading and writing. Enhance your ability to have everyday conversations about travel, holidays and daily routines. Textbook purchase required (used in Italian 1 and 2).

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

Wednesdays, Sept. 25–Dec. 11, 9–10 a.m. CT (No virtual conversation on Nov. 27)

Wednesdays, Sept. 25–Dec. 11, 5:30–6:30 p.m. CT (No virtual conversation on Nov. 27)

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

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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

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.

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.