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World Languages FAQs

Who is eligible to take World Languages courses?

To see the programs and courses for which you are eligible, check the CTY Eligibility Assessment if you have test scores for SCAT, STB, SAT, PSAT 8/9 or ACT tests, or check the tables showing eligibility guidelines on the Admissions and Eligibility page. Students must have either a qualifying reading/verbal score or qualifying math score  on the appropriate test to be eligible for World Languages courses.

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What level course should I take?

Students with qualifying scores who are unsure which world languages course to take may request a placement test from CTY to ensure proper placement. Email CTY online with the student's full name, CTY ID number, and the world languages course area for which the student desires correct placement. Please note that students will need to establish general eligibility for the CTY Online Programs before they are able to take a world languages placement test.

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Is placement testing required?

Placement testing is only required if a student has studied a world language outside of CTY Online Programs and needs to demonstrate that he or she meets a course prerequisite.

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How does the World Languages program work?

Course materials include multimedia CD-ROMs and text materials that must be purchased by parents (please note that these are not included in the course tuition), and students interact with instructors in virtual classrooms using high speed Internet. Courses are tailored to age groups, with separate courses with age-appropriate materials for grades 2-6, and for grades 7-12. The courses are session-based, and students will have many opportunities to stay in touch with their classmates to continue to develop their language skills. The course website includes the complete syllabus, extensive multimedia learning materials, quizzes, tests, gradebook, recordings of the virtual classroom sessions available for review, messaging capabilities, discussion forums, calendars, and more.

In the 12-week Arabic, Chinese, and Spanish language courses, students log into the real time, virtual classroom led by an instructor for one hour sessions twice a week. Students have two individualized conversation practices with instructors (15 minutes) and teaching assistants (30 minutes) each week using telephone or voice over IP (Skype). These practice sessions emphasize everyday conversational speaking, role-playing, and pronunciation. The virtual classroom includes audio and video interaction with live video of the instructor, audio, web tours, chat, polling, and many other features to enhance online learning. Using Broadband internet access, students use their headsets or microphones and speakers to interact with instructors and classmates.

In the 5-week intersession courses, students attend online lectures once a week via Adobe Connect. The lectures are one hour long and are held in the evenings. Lectures are designed for students to better learn and retain the new vocabulary, reading, and cultural material associated with each reading, and to also provide students with the opportunity to virtually interact with their instructor and/or peers.  Intersession courses do not have any grades or exams.

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What is an intersession course?

Five-week Arabic, Chinese, and Spanish Readers' Series courses enhance reading comprehension skills in between 12-week fall, spring, and summer sessions. Students may select these courses at the appropriate level between their world language series courses to further develop their language skills.

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What is the time commitment for World Languages courses?

Students should expect to spend about 5-6 hours per week during the 12-week course. 

Students should expect to spend about 2-3 hours per week during the 5-week intersession course.

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When do students need to be online for the virtual classes?

Interactive virtual online sessions are held in the evenings. Students will receive an email from their instructor with the virtual classroom meeting time several business days before the course start date. Class schedules are not determined in advance. If a scheduling conflict arises, please contact contact CTY online.

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What happens if I miss a class?

All world languages classes are recorded, and you can find the recording link in the course website. After a student who misses a class reviews the recording, the instructor will answer any questions and help the student to catch up with any missed topics.

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What is the schedule of due dates?

World languages courses are session-based, and they begin and end on specified dates. When a course starts, instructors provide students with a syllabus containing the schedule for any tests, quizzes, or homework assignments.

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Can a student enroll in a CTY Online Programs World Languages course that overlaps with a CTY Summer Program course?

No. Students attending a CTY summer residential program cannot participate in any online courses during the same time period. Students who will be away at other camps or on vacation for extended periods with no access to a computer or the Internet should also not register for a session-based course that overlaps with the absence.

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