Independent Learning: Italian

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Academic Administrative Team at DCS: Sarah Korpi, David Werther: il@dcs.wisc.edu

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Italian Courses

Benvenuto! Our distance learning courses in Italian offer you the flexibility and convenience of learning a language at “your pace, your place” from experienced, highly qualified, and caring instructors.

Whether you are looking for first or second semester Italian, our distance education courses can fulfill your needs. Classes are available online.


First Year Level:

First Semester Italian (Online, 4 Credits)

Learn the musical and romantic language of Pavarotti, Roberto Benigni, Galileo, Michelangelo and Dante.

Begins with greetings and progresses step-by-step through the fundamentals of Italian pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar so that by the end of the course , students can use Italian to express ideas about music, theater and cinema, professions and internships; recount childhood experiences; order a meal in a restaurant. And, introduces the culturally rich regions of Campania, Puglia, Veneto, Piemont, Valle d’Aosta, Umbria, Le Marche, and Emilia-Romagna.

Uses e-book and online materials, making the course more affordable than traditional courses with print textbooks. Students who go on to take Second Semester Italian will not need any additional course materials.

Second Semester Italian (Online, 4 Credits)

Expand your knowledge of the musical and romantic language of Pavarotti, Roberto Benigni, Galileo, Michelangelo and Dante.

Begins with a review of the grammar and vocabulary of First Semester Italian and continues the study of fundamental grammar, while introducing aspects of contemporary Italian life and culture.  By the end of the course, students can use Italian to discuss the effects of globalization and new economies, write a brief biography, and talk about the accomplishments of famous Italians. And, introduces the culturally rich regions of Sicilia, Sardegna, Trentino-Alto Adige, Friuli-Venezin Giulia, Basilicata, Lombardia, Liguria, Abruzzo, Molise, and the capital city, Rome.

Uses e-book and online materials, making the course more affordable than traditional courses with print textbooks.


Italian Team

Janet Wood


Choose the right course: With a language, it is sometimes a challenge to determine which course is right for you. Please contact Sarah Korpi or David Werther for help in selecting your course. In some cases, we will ask you for a writing sample for correct placement.