A language conversation table offers the opportunity to practice the language with other speakers of the language. Language tables are often held in a casual location, such as a coffee shop or the Union, and may include community members as well as university students and instructors. Click above for meeting times, locations, and contact information.
Getting involved in a student organization can be one of the most valuable experiences you have at UW-Madison (apart from learning a language!). Look for student organizations related to languages or cultures, like the Arabic Language Association or the German Club. UW-Madison has so many, you’ll be sure to find one that allows you to challenge yourself and interests you!
Whether formal tutoring, informal conversation partners, or small study groups, practicing the language you’re studying with other people is one of the best ways to improve. If you feel as though you are struggling in your language class, the Greater University Tutoring Service (GUTS) Foreign Language Learners program offers weekly group tutoring in and individual tutor matching!
Study abroad offers a world of experiences that enrich the personal, academic, and professional lives of students at UW-Madison. Study abroad can help you develop the ability to better understand other perspectives, worldviews, and cultures; improve your language proficiency; develop your academic, professional, and leadership skills; and build your international network for future opportunities abroad.
An internship can be a great way to apply your language skills outside of the classroom and extend them to a new situation, as well as demonstrate your proficiency. Pursuing an internship in which you use your language gives you experience that allows you to very clearly talk about the actual skills you used and how your language abilities and cross-cultural communication skills helped the company you worked for – and how it would help a future employer!
Language Houses in the International Learning Community (ILC) in Adams Residence Hall offer the opportunity to practice using your language with native speakers and other students. You’ll eat together with other residents and faculty, take classes in the dorm taught by ILC faculty directors, have access to academic support, and enjoy special activities like films and social events.