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Find your way forward. Whether you’re upskilling to advance your career, improve client/patient outcomes, pursuing a new passion or something in between, our flexible online, in-person and hybrid classes are designed to work with your schedule, here on the UW–Madison campus or wherever you are in the world. Use the search filters to find the class, badge or certificate that works best for you.

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French 3

Subject Area: LanguagesFrench
Refine and deepen your ability to converse in the past and future tenses as you discuss families, work, travel and customs in France and the Francophone world. Prerequisite: French 2.
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 8, 2022–May 3, 2022
    $215
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  • Feb. 8, 2022–May 3, 2022
    $215
    Live online

Spanish 5

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Customizable
Take your Spanish to the next level in this highly practical high-intermediate class. Learn the differences between the present subjunctive and indicative. Improve your use of prepositions and complex sentence structures and delve deeper into the past tenses.
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 9, 2022–May 4, 2022
    $215
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French 4

Subject Area: LanguagesFrench
Polish your skills as you discuss the culture and history of France and the Francophone world. Refine your knowledge of tense, lexicon and register while improving your reading and listening abilities.
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 10, 2022–May 5, 2022
    $215
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German 2

Subject Area: LanguagesGerman
Continue to learn words, phrases, and the history and traditions of German-speaking people as you immerse yourself in a fun and relaxed environment. Prerequisites: German 1 or instructor's consent. Textbook required. Complete information about textbook provided the first day of class.
Upcoming Dates
  • April 7, 2022–June 23, 2022
    $215
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  • April 7, 2022–June 23, 2022
    $215
    Live online

Basics of French Pronunciation

Subject Area: LanguagesFrench
Struggling with French pronunciation? Want to become more comfortable speaking French? This six-lesson online course contains clear explanations, practice exercises, and sets of drills to help you understand and refine the fundamentals of French pronunciation with one-on-one feedback from your instructor. Enrollment is ongoing; you’ll have two months to complete the course. A great preparation or review! No prerequisite needed. Audiobook: "Secrets of French Pronunciation" by Camille Chevalier-Karfis. Please contact your instructor for purchase information.
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    $195
    Self-paced

Create Your Own Music

If you've ever wanted to compose your own music, this course is for you! Beginners: Complete six composition activities modeled after exercises assigned to great composers. Experienced composers: Stretch your ideas in new or already completed pieces. Prerequisite: basic music notation skills.
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    $255
    Self-paced

How Music Works: The Tools of Music Theory

This comprehensive study of music theory provides a complete set of tools handy for either a lifelong interest in music or preparing to take college entrance exams. Explore theoretical concepts in the context of real-world projects through the repertoires of famous composers.
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    $255
    Self-paced

Spanish Writing: Brush Up the Past Tenses

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
One of the best ways to improve your spoken Spanish is by improving your writing. Learn to tell your story in a well-written narrative. A Spanish writing expert guides you through those tricky past tenses, gives you personalized feedback, and helps you compose better sentences and paragraphs.
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  • Start Anytime
    $295
    Self-paced

Spanish Writing: Brush Up the Basics

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
This refresher course has something for everyone. Brush up your Spanish writing by eliminating common errors while gaining better skills. Perfect the use of written accent marks, articles, gender, word order and tricky verb conjugations. Gain confidence by learning to proofread your own writing.
Upcoming Dates
  • Start Anytime
    $295
    Self-paced

Emeritus Faculty Lectures: Eloquence and Eminence

Celebrating over 25 years of award-winning lectures by retired University of Wisconsin faculty known for their teaching excellence and scholarship. The lecture series is free and open to the public, with no registration required. Sunday afternoons 2-3 p.m., online for 2020.
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  • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

German 3

Subject Area: LanguagesGerman
Continue to learn German conversation and grammar, the history and traditions of German-speaking people, and tips for travelers as you immerse yourself in a fun and relaxed environment. Prerequisites: German 2 or instructor's consent.
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  • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

Italian 3

Subject Area: LanguagesItalian
Practice and refine your conversational Italian on a variety of everyday and cultural topics while also improving your language skills through listening practice, reading short passages, and writing activities. This class will focus on using past tense and complex grammatical structures.
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  • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

Japanese 1

Subject Area: Languages
Traveling to Japan? Want to deepen communication with Japanese speakers? In this course, you will learn to greet people, order in a restaurant, use public transportation, and ask for directions, while increasing your knowledge of Japanese life and culture. You will learn 2 of the 3 writing systems (Hiragana and Katakana) as well as fundamental grammar tailored for busy language learners of Japanese. Textbook required.
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  • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

Japanese 2

Subject Area: Languages
Deepen your ability to communicate in Japanese with this language class. Learn to talk about travel plans and to express your ideas and experiences. While a strong emphasis will be placed on oral communication, you will also learn the logic behind what you are practicing. Textbook required. Prerequisite: Japanese 1 or equivalent. Must be able to read Hiragana and Katakana.
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  • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

Spanish 6

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Refine your command of advanced grammar topics, such as past uses of the subjunctive tenses and conditional phrases in this highly practical low-advanced class. Learn to use effectively complex structures in speaking and writing as you discuss the Spanish-speaking world.
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  • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.