Frequently Asked Questions

Verification, Accreditation, and Certifications

1. Go to: http://www.acswasc.org/
2. Click on: Directory of schools
3. Type in: LanguageBird under school name
4. Click enter
1. Go to: NCAA Eligibility Center
2. Click on Help at the top right of the page
3. Scroll down to resources
4. Click on first option/link: Find your core courses. It will take you to this page:
https://web3.ncaa.org/hsportal/exec/hsAction?hsActionSubmit=searchHighSchool
5. In the field for high school name type: LanguageBird (all one word)
1. Go to: https://hs-articulation.ucop.edu/agcourselist/#/list/search/all
2. Click on “Programs/Online Publishers”
3. In the search box type LanguageBird
4. This will appear: LanguageBird, LLC
5. Click on “view course list” 6. Click on the 2017-2018 button to see all courses offered through LanguageBird®
To add an online publisher’s course to a school’s “A-G” course list, the school will select “Adopt an online publisher course” from the submission menu once logged into the A-G Course Management Portal (https://hs-articulation.ucop.edu/agcmp). From there, select the online publisher’s name and course title. Once in the submission form, provide school-specific information, such as transcript abbreviations and/or course codes. Then submit the course for processing.

Note: This can only be done between Feb. 1 and September 15th .
LanguageBird does not have a CEEB code.

Only schools issuing full high school diplomas have CEEB codes. LanguageBird® is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) as a Supplemental Education Program due to the fact we offer only foreign language courses, not a full high school diploma.
If the course is a current or most recent year course, it should be listed within the subsection of the same name in the education section under the common application tab. If the course is not a current or most recent year course, the applicant can enter the information as a note in the additional information area in the writing section of the application. The applicants can enter all courses taken into the courses and grades section of the application, however only a select number of member colleges are using that part of the application this season, so applicants should make sure their college or colleges of interest require this section of the application.

Otherwise, they can complete it and find it is not available to one or more (or, all) of their colleges of interest. The list of their schools of interest that require the courses and grades section can be found on the first screen of the section itself in their applicant accounts.
*Only for students applying to the UC system.

Students should speak to their high school counselor or administrator to seek course approval especially if the course is required for graduation from high school or is a level 1 or 2 course (minimum admissions requirement).

Courses beyond the graduation requirement do not need to be included or approved by the high school. They can be self-reported to colleges and LanguageBird® course completion certificates and grades can be sent along with the high school’s transcript to colleges.

How do I report a LanguageBird® course on my University of California application?

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Step 5: Say “yes” and agree to entering the course individually.

Step 6: In the Academic History section on the UC application where students self-report their “a-g” coursework, students will be prompted to write-in LanguageBird’s name since it will not appear in the drop-down menu of high schools. They will then select the academic year(s) in which they enrolled in LanguageBird courses and then write-in the title of the courses and the grade(s) earned. Since these courses are being written-in, rather than pulled from a school’s “a-g” course list, they will not show up as “a-g” approved when reviewed by the campus admissions evaluator – however, you can still submit the application and each campus can still choose to accept the course(s) for purposes of satisfying the “a-g” subject requirements.

Step 7: In addition, students are free to provide an explanation in the comments section at the end of the Academic History section or the application, noting their situation and why these particular courses were written-in.

If a student took a LanguageBird course to exceed the expectations of 2 years of a LOTE, they may also list their coursework on the UC application under “Activities and Awards” as a course they took for credit and they also can record the grade in the course. Here is an example:



The UC will directly answer any further application questions. Email: askuc@ucop.edu

FAQs:
LanguageBird is based in Los Angeles, CA.
Some high schools will include outside courses in their GPA. Some will not. It is something to ask your high school counselor about if this concerns you. A high school can choose to adopt LanguageBird courses and add LanguageBird to their course list. Instructions for how to do this are on this website. If the high school will not add courses outside of their school to their UC course list, students can self-report the courses they take with LanguageBird as they do for community college classes or other supplemental courses. They could also note in the notes section of their UC application that LanguageBird is a UC approved course provider but their high school does not include outside providers on their course list. Application readers will see and understand this. Colleges/universities outside of the UC system will take LanguageBird course completion certificates and records of course grades through Parchment (online transcript delivery to colleges) or by U.S. Mail.
Please make your request for LanguageBird grades to be sent here:
California State University Application Instructions:

The CSU application is less flexible than the UC application and doesn’t have the option for students to “explain” other coursework. Students can write in LanguageBird as a homeschool since it will not appear in the drop-down menu of most high schools. They will then select the academic years in which they enrolled in LanguageBird courses and write in the title of the course(s) and the grade(s) earned. Since these courses are being written in, rather than pulled from a school’s “A-G” course list, they will not show up as “A-G” approved when reviewed by the online application– however, you can still submit the application and each campus can still choose to accept the course(s) for purposes of satisfying the “A-G” subject requirements.



Courses for Credit - Curriculum and Evaluation

No. Our teacher will assess your level from the trial lesson or from the first few minutes of your lesson and adjust accordingly.
No problem. Many of our students have never studied a foreign language before. ALL levels are welcome. We will start teaching where you are.
The lesson by lesson curriculum will be provided upon request. The teacher follows the curriculum and it is loosely created around a textbook you will access digitally. Our courses are WASC accredited and UC and NCAA approved. The curriculum is essential to give some structure to each lesson and ensure you grasp key concepts which will prepare you for future studies at the university and beyond!
This depends on your level. Immersion is the goal. Teachers are encouraged to strive for 90-100% Spanish during class. However, sometimes it will be helpful to use English for a quick translation or explanation and that’s acceptable. As you improve, English will become less and less necessary.

Of course, if you are a very beginner (levels 1-2 +), all of our teachers are fully bi-lingual and will switch back and forth between English and the language you are studying.
If you are taking a course for credit, you will have a textbook. Details on the book access will be emailed to you upon enrollment. You can also see the course syllabus per language in our resource library once enrolled. All courses have a corresponding textbook. In some cases you will need to purchase access to the text (it can be borrowed, rented online or purchased). For some languages, LanguageBird provides access to the digital text free.

In addition, students will use a variety of current and timely educational resources available online: pictures, music, news sources and cultural studies related sites. These will be provided online by the teacher or in the website resource library during the course.
Yes! At the conclusion of your course, your teacher will assess you and give you a final grade. This may be at the semester or at the end of the full year courses. A grade of A-F (just like in school) will be given. This is only for courses for credit.
Your LanguageBird teacher stays with you for your entire course. Every time you go online you will meet with and create a relationship with the same person. This means they have the ability to observe your progress over time. Our philosophy is you can’t show what you know with only one test or assignment. You are assessed in terms of growth over time as well as your willingness to participate in conversation, attendance, homework completion and overall progress. You will have the opportunity after each lesson to get feedback from your teacher. At the bottom of your notes there will be a score from 1-10 (10 is the highest – A). This way, all along you will know how your teacher is assessing you. LanguageBird is project-based. At the culmination of the semester or full year course you will be expected to turn in a project to your instructor. This is a long term assignment that you will work on with your teacher as well as on your own. Depending on your level of study this could involve a variety of activities but will always include: research, writing, listening, creating and speaking. Your final project is turned in at the end of the course to your instructor. Often it is presented and your teacher will ask you questions. Sometimes it is filmed and turned in. The student will always have input and choice as to the topic of their project.

Pace of Lessons

Most of our students take 2-3 lessons a week. This is the best pace to keep up with your studies and not to forget any material. It also ensures you will complete your course in approximately 4-6 weeks per semester of study. This is much faster than a traditional class in school because it’s one to one instruction that’s personalized to you. There is no better or faster way to learn than one to one instruction.

If your schedule does not permit you to take more than one lesson a week, that’s fine. Provided that you don’t skip any weeks, you will finish a full year of study in 24 weeks! That’s still much faster than a traditional class in school. If you are not taking lessons for credit, you can schedule your lessons as frequently as you wish. Again, remember, the more consistent you are, the more quickly you will see progress!
There is not really a limit but it is recommended that you pace your lessons so that you have time to study on your own for one to two hours between lessons. While you are in your lessons you will be focused on oral components of the course. You will be making the most of your time with your teacher and be speaking and listening! When you are studying on your own you will be adding to your vocabulary, reviewing your notes from class, practicing writing and grammatical concepts… you get the idea.
No. Our teachers are patient and productive. They will quickly assess what gaps you may have in your learning and catch you up. With private instruction you won’t have to go over things you already know. They can just focus on the things you need to review and make sure you are up to speed. You may not be used to speaking as much as you will with LanguageBird if you have only been in large classroom environments. However, you will see quickly once you are a little bit familiar with your teacher, you will establish a relationship and not be shy to speak up or make mistakes and that is where the magic happens! You’ll see, you’ll start learning faster and faster and having fun!
Your course is tailored to you. At the higher levels, teachers and students work together to challenge each other and bring in materials that are interesting and challenging. You will be as challenged as you want to be!

Scheduling

You’ll set up the first lesson with a LanguageBird® administrator here in the U.S. After you are in contact with your instructor, you’re free to schedule with your teacher future lessons. Most stick to a consistent schedule (ie: Monday, Wednesday at 5 p.m. or Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday at 4 p.m. etc.
60 minutes. Class are broken down to: 10 minutes review/homework review, 20 minutes new concepts and practice, 10 minutes new vocabulary, 10 minutes practice of new grammar/vocabulary, 10 minutes wrapping up and preview of next class and homework. (Sessions may vary depending on teacher as well as student needs)
Most times. We try to be flexible to meet your scheduling needs. Depending on the language you are studying it may be more difficult to offer instructor availability at the exact time you prefer but we try and usually get pretty close.

We offer lessons on weekdays as well as weekends. Some students like to learn early in the morning, sometimes it’s after school. Tell us what you need.
Yes – with at least 24 hours notice. Classes cancelled with fewer than 24 hours notice will not be refunded or rescheduled. See terms section of this website.
Classes start and end punctually. Your teacher may have time and be willing to extend the lesson a bit, but this is the exception rather than the rule. For students enrolled in the high school courses, they will need to pay for additional courses as needed. See terms section of this website.

Technology Requirements

Skype or Google Hangouts. Both are free to download and set up if you don’t already have an account. This is where you will video chat with your teacher face-to-face.
No worries! Many of our students aren’t. Skype takes fewer than 5 minutes to set up and we can walk you through it. Google Hangouts only requires you set up a Gmail email account. Just give us a call at 1-844-700-BIRD or email us at support@languagebird.com. We can send you video tutorials to help.
A computer, headphones, and a microphone. (Many computers have built-in microphones these days. If not, you can use the headset from your cell phone or pick up a headset at any big electronics store for $10-$40.)

You can also use the camera built into your computer or an attached web cam, which is very easy to set up. Usually you just plug it into your USB port and are ready to go. Use of a camera is mandatory. It enhances the experience!

Windows or Mac computer.

A DSL, Cable or Fiber-Optic Internet connection.

Teachers

All of our teachers are native speakers who live abroad and live the culture and language you are studying daily. You will get the best understanding of the culture as well as the best exposure to an authentic accent. Each undergoes a rigorous interview process and is well qualified. These are not just native speakers who call themselves teachers – they are experienced, real teachers. Many have spent extensive amounts of time in the U.S. and many teach English wherever they are. They are all fully bi-lingual and most of all, they are passionate about wanting to share their language and culture with you!
Sorry to hear that! If there are any issues, we look forward to hearing your feedback and will be happy to assist. Just email us.
Generally yes. If you need to have a class at a specific time that is already taken, then you may be able to switch to another teacher. High school students meet with and schedule their entire course with the same instructor.

Pricing

No. In some courses of study it is required that you purchase digital access to the textbook. You can either buy or rent in most cases. We have taken special care to make sure that most all texts are not more than $60. We send you instructions on how to purchase the book (if needed) in your welcome letter. If you are taking a course for credit and you wish to send your final grades to a high school or college you are applying to, you may request to do so for a small fee on our "Certificate of Completion" page. LanguageBird sends via US Mail to high schools and electronically through Parchment to colleges nationwide. We can send a pdf by email without charge to a high school.
Enroll on our website. We accept credit cards online. It’s safe and easy.
Full year course – 24, 1:1, private lessons $1997 Semester course – 12, 1:1, private lessons $1080 Pricing for tutoring/test prep and conversational lessons varies by the package and number of lessons purchased. Lessons are $50-70 depending.

Certificate of Completion

Please visit and fill out the request certification of completion form here.

How it Works

A computer or tablet, an internet connection, and a headset are all you need. You may not even need a headset – many computers have microphones built in. If you’re not the best with technology, we’ll show you how to set everything up – it takes fewer than 5 minutes.
Once you enroll in a course, tutoring or conversational sessions, we will contact you to schedule your lessons. We will match you to a teacher who is a great fit and available on your chosen days/times. For one year of high school foreign language credit, you take 24, private, one-hour lessons. For one semester, you take 12, private, one hour lessons. Between lessons students have 1-2 hours of work to complete on their own before the next class meeting. An online textbook is used in courses for credit and assignments are given to you by your instructor.
Our teachers live all over the world. You will learn about their culture and develop an authentic accent. It’s like going abroad without the passport, long flights and jet-lag. LanguageBird fosters cultural awareness, connectivity and dissolves boarders.
Once your course is complete, LanguageBird® will send your certificate of completion which includes your grade in the semester or full year course to your high school or to the college/university of your choice.

Course Credit

The LanguageBird® foreign language program is designed to help students develop foundational communicative skills in foreign language studies and help prepare them for future college courses. LanguageBird® is WASC accredited which is the highest standard and what most high schools look for in order to grant credit for a course outside of their own curriculum.

We recommend you talk to your school counselor and let them know you would like to take a LanguageBird® course if it is required for your high school graduation credit (most high schools require 2 years of foreign language). Some high schools will fill out a concurrent enrollment form and ask you to bring in or send a certificate of completion once your LanguageBird® course is finished. We are happy to work with your high school administrator and counselors!
If your course is not for credits toward graduation from high school, you are taking our courses to further your studies in the language, make time in your schedule, show competitive colleges you are dedicated student, etc. you don’t need to get permission from your school. If you do let them know you are taking extracurricular courses, it could help them with your college advising, scheduling, and more. Some school districts/schools have a policy to include or not to include outside courses on their transcript. You will need to ask the school about their policy.
LanguageBird® will send your certificate of completion and final course grade to your high school and/or to colleges of your choice. We can send it electronically (email or by Parchment) or through U.S. mail.

Trial Lessons

FREE. We are so confident that you will love lessons with us, we invite you to try our course out with one of our teachers for 30 minutes free of charge. We do ask that you respect our teacher’s time and if you need to reschedule, you give 24 hours notice.
30 minutes. The trial lesson is a brief introduction so a student can see what it’s like to learn with LanguageBird. You don’t need to study or prepare ahead of time, just hop online 5 minutes before your scheduled time and relax. Your teacher will meet you and guide you through a mini-lesson.
Call us at 844-700-BIRD or email support@languagebird.com . One of our friendly staff members will then be in touch (assuming you haven’t spoken already) to learn about your goals, ensure the lesson is tailored for you, and schedule your time.
If you don’t have a Skype account or gmail address you will have to create a new account. Skype or Google Hangouts are both free to use and download and completely safe. Ask us if you need help setting up one of these video conference accounts.
Nothing. Just log into Skype 5-10 minutes ahead of time and your teacher will connect with you. Just enjoy it!

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