Frequently Asked Questions: Languages

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What level do I register in?
Please refer to our overview of course levels to help you choose your appropriate level. If you need individualized assistance, send us an email or call our staff at 604.822.0800.
What do your language classes cover? Do they consist of just conversation?
Our courses are conversational language classes, but we do use written materials to reinforce your oral competency. Please refer to the description of our courses in the course overview. Your instructor will discuss the communicative objectives for your class on the first day of the course.
Can I get the course materials before class so that I can study?
Since our teachers provide materials for you once they have assessed your needs and those of the other people in the class, we only provide textbooks or other course materials on the second day of classes.
Are there exams?
All of our language courses are non-credit and are aimed to help your communication abilities as quickly as possible. Although you will receive an informal assessment throughout the course to help you make progress, there are no exams.
Is there a placement exam that I could do?
You will be placed at the appropriate level on the first day of class. If you need help in registering at your appropriate language level, please contact our offices and one of our language specialists will assess you.
How many students per class?
Our classes average twelve students per class. You may find yourself in a slightly smaller or larger class, depending on the number of people interested in taking the same language and level. Our class sizes are considered ideal for individualized language learning.
Do you teach Quebec French or France French?
All UBC Languages and Translation Program instructors are native speakers of the language they teach, and may come from all over the world. French is taught based on an international standard, similar to what you would hear spoken by a news announcer on the radio or on television. Wherever appropriate, teachers outline differences between idiomatic expressions from different regions or countries.