Frequently Asked Questions
How often are these language courses offered?
Our courses run on a Monday/Wednesday schedule, or a Tuesday/Thursday schedule, twice a week, from 6:15-7:45pm. There is a total of 3 hours of instruction each week during our four week semesters. We also offer Saturday courses in Spanish. Classes are offered frequently, almost every month, with one or two weeks between terms.
Who are the students?
The Modern Language student population consists primarily of young professionals, recent graduates, and adults, looking for language programs specially designed to meet their social, academic, and professional needs.
I don't speak the language. What level should I take?
All our Level 1 sessions are designed for people who are just starting out in the language. No prior experience required! If you have very little experience in the language, or would like a review, you can also sign up for Level 1.
I have previous language experience. What level should I take?
That depends on the language you'd like to study. For placement in Spanish, French, Russian, and German: Take our FREE online language placement test. Find out the best level for you in less than twenty minutes using our Computer Adaptive Placement Exam. Your score and course placement will appear on the screen after the exam. Use this information to register for classes. To take the test, click here. For placement in Arabic, Cantonese, Italian, Japanese, and Portuguese, please fill out our Modern Language Advisement form here and one of our instructors will call you to assess your language level.
What if I have to miss some of the classes, or arrive late, or leave early?
We understand that as busy adults you may have other commitments. Attend the language sessions when you can. If you know of an absence or lateness that is coming up, tell your instructor and they will provide you with the material you missed.
How much homework will there be? Will I get a grade?
Most of our teachers give handout exercises to reinforce the language points covered in class. All students receive a grade as a measure of your own progress in the program. You may also select a pass/fail option.
How large are the classes?
Classes are small (an average of about 10-12 students per level), so that you receive a lot of individualized attention from the instructor.
What's the difference between sections 01, 02, and 03 at the end of the course code (ex. SPA0001/02)?
None. We offer these sections to accommodate different student schedules but all sections cover the same material.
Who teaches the courses?
Almost all of our instructors are native speakers of the language or are fluent with a near native accent.
Do I need to purchase a textbook?
Your instructor will let you know this on the first day of class. Since our terms are so short, most instructors give you material in the form of handouts at each session. Any textbooks are usually inexpensive, and are most likely workbooks that accompany the main textbook.
What room is my class in?
We post the classroom information on our website after 3:00pm the Friday before class begins. If you are still not sure where to go, stop by the CAPS office and we will be happy to direct you accordingly.
How do I register?
Learn how to register here.