Why Study Czech?
Czech is the language spoken in the Czech Republic (formerly Czechoslovakia: Czech and Slovak are different languages, although they are very close to one another). There are approximately 10 million native speakers of Czech world-wide, and it is believed that Chicago — after Prague — has the second-largest population of Czech speakers of any city. According to the latest estimates, there are still anywhere from 40,000 to 100,000 Americans living and working in the Czech Republic. All of our language courses focus on skill development in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, and are taught in an interactive and communicative manner. Heritage speakers of Czech are encouraged to enroll, although no prior knowledge of Czech or another Slavic language is required for enrollment in the introductory course.
Czech Language @ UW-Madison
GNS offers 4 semesters of instruction in Czech language on a 2-year rotating basis. Czech language instruction beyond the fourth semester may be arranged through directed studies. All of our language courses focus on skill development in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, and are taught in an interactive and communicative manner. Heritage speakers of Czech are encouraged to enroll, although no prior knowledge of Czech or another Slavic language is required for enrollment in the introductory course. Our program is designed with instruction for everyone from beginners with no experience to graduate students looking to gain knowledge of another Slavic language. Three literature and culture courses– Lit Trans 208: The Writings of Václav Havel, Slavic 254: Introduction to Central Europe (The Culture of Dissent in Czechoslovakia, Poland, and Yugoslavia), and Lit Trans 207: Slavic Science Fiction in Literature and Film– are also offered on a regular basis.
It is not possible to major in Czech, but Czech can be taken to complete the language requirement. View our current classes online.
In addition, UW-Madison has several sponsored study-abroad programs in Prague.
The teaching of Czech language, literature, and culture at UW-Madison is supported in part by donations to the Czech Fund. For more information about supporting Czech, and the Czech Language and Culture program please contact Professor Danaher.
INTERNET RESOURCES FOR CZECH
On-line Czech alphabet and sounds tutorial: http://gns.wisc.edu/czech-sounds-tutorial/
Outline of Czech grammar: http://cokdybysme.net/outlineczgramm.html
News and culture blog about the Czech Republic:http://czechrepublicinthenews.tumblr.com
Website of the International Association of Teachers of Czech:http://czechlanguageassociation.tumblr.com