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Classes & certificates

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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Healing through Connection: Empathy Skills for Training Helping Professionals

Subject Area: Behavioral HealthMental Health
Through this ethnocultural empathy course, you will engage in guided critical self-reflection, interpersonal skills coaching and dialogue with peers to raise awareness of barriers to empathy and learn ways to mitigate them. This course will benefit mental health and human service providers who work directly with culturally diverse clients who aim to promote effectiveness and equity in client relationships across cultural differences. 
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Intercultural Communication: Foundation for Cultural Competency

Communication across cultures often breaks down due to basic cultural differences that are misunderstood and frequently invisible. We introduce you to tools that enable you to identify and understand cultural differences and lay a foundation for strong cultural competency domestically and globally.
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Italian 1

Subject Area: LanguagesItalian
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.
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Italian 2

Subject Area: LanguagesItalian
Continue exploring the richness of Italian culture while enhancing your ability to have everyday conversations about travel, holidays, and daily routines in the present tense. We also introduce the past tense. Increase your vocabulary and communication skills with an integrated teaching approach.
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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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Italian for Reading and Translation

Subject Area: LanguagesItalian
Offered three times a year and open to all, this course on Italian reading and translation covers the essential grammar and vocabulary to prepare you for your Italian graduate-level translation exam or other research. When you have completed this course, you will have a solid foundation in the Italian language.
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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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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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Leading Out Loud: Using Story in Communication

Leaders at any level need to be able to persuade and inspire. There are many tools leaders can use to increase their impact, whether speaking formally or just discussing ideas in a meeting. We’ll explore one of them, how to use stories effectively, including how to avoid overuse and exaggeration.
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Motivational Interviewing (MI) Competency Certificate

Subject Area: Behavioral HealthMental Health
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a well-established, evidence-based practice for addressing a range of clinical problems across multiple settings and systems. This 40-hour certification course offers participants an opportunity to develop competencies in MI.
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Nuts and Bolts of Returning to School

Have you thought about going back to school? This free session provides information on options as you plan to continue your education. We cover undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs; becoming a nondegree special student; student support services; and financial assistance.
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Online Professional Presence: Tips and Techniques for the Virtual You at Work

This special 1.5 hour class is offered live online. Projecting a professional virtual presence is a skill that has become essential in today’s world shaped by the pandemic. We must build relationships, lead teams and collaborate with colleagues to achieve organizational results — now entirely through electronic connections. Join us for this timely opportunity to learn tips and techniques for developing your professional presence on video conference platforms; whether you are doing meetings, instruction or just checking in. Learn how to lead and contribute with confidence, remain professionally engaged and visible, create a positive impression, minimize distractions, and avoid common and surprising mistakes that can derail your best intentions.
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Portuguese 1

Subject Area: LanguagesPortuguese
Portuguese is the official language in nine countries and one of the top five languages for doing business globally. Learn to greet people and talk about daily life, work, and travel. The differences between continental and Brazilian Portuguese are presented.
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Portuguese 2

Subject Area: LanguagesPortuguese
Become familiar with past tenses, build your vocabulary, and improve your listening and speaking skills. Practice conversing while learning cultural and historical information. In-class activities help with grammar in the context of daily situations.
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  • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

Portuguese 3

Subject Area: LanguagesPortuguese
Review the past tenses and get an introduction to new tenses. Grow your vocabulary and improve your conversational skills as you discuss daily life and customs in the Portuguese-speaking world. The course will include readings, podcasts, and lots of opportunity to practice speaking.
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Portuguese 4

Subject Area: LanguagesPortuguese
Perfect your ability to speak about the past. Learn about prepositions and direct and indirect object pronouns, and increase your vocabulary. In addition to the free online textbook, we'll use conversations, songs, short videos, and podcasts as resources.
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Practical Workplace Negotiation Skills for Everyday Issues

The ability to confidently and successfully negotiate is a critical skill. Explore different negotiation approaches and strategies for a range of everyday workplace issues such as salary changes, job responsibilities, and establishing deadlines, with the goal of strengthening relationships.
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Preparing to Teach Online

Preparing to Teach Online an accelerated badge intended to jumpstart online instructors' course preparation process. In this course, participants will: gain practical skills for designing online courses, create a variety of interactive learning activities and, develop a plan for a successful online teaching experience. This course offers both synchronous and asynchronous opportunities for engagement, emphasizing collaboration among a community of learners.
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Presenting to Influence

Presenters present so that audiences will think or act differently when the presentation ends. This class will help you move audiences from where they are to where you want them to be. Establish credibility using 4 types of "influence power" and style your slides to hold your audience's attention.
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