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, contact us or call our staff at 604 822 1444.

What do your language classes cover? Do they consist of just conversation?

Our courses are conversational language classes, but we do use written materials and activities 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?

Most of our courses do not use textbooks. Your teacher may have handouts and you will receive those in class. If your course requires a textbook, you will receive it on the first day of class.  You will also have access to shared resources online once the course starts. 

Are there exams?

All of our language courses are non-credit and are designed to advance your communication abilities as quickly as possible. Although you receive informal assessments throughout the course to inform you about your progress, there are no exams.

Is there a placement exam that I could do?

We don’t have placement exams for our language courses; you choose the level you think is most appropriate for your skills. If you find that a class is too easy or too difficult, you can move to another level if one is available and is convenient for you. If you are not sure about your level, and need help choosing an appropriate language course, please call 604 822 1444 and one of our language specialists will assess you.

How many students are there per class?

Our classes average 12 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 language instructors are native speakers of the language they teach, and may come from all over the world. French is taught based on international standards, similar to what you would hear spoken by a news announcer on the radio or on television in Francophone countries around the world. Wherever appropriate, teachers outline differences between idiomatic expressions from different regions or countries.