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. https://www.advanc-ed.org/
2. Click on "Find Accredited Schools" link at top of page
3. Type in LanguageBird for institution name
4. Click "search"
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)
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) and AdvancED to specialize in world language studies. LanguageBird does not offer a full high school diploma.
Instructions from the UC:

Students will search for the online school once or twice and LanguageBird will not come up. After searching, there will be an option at the bottom of the grey box there will be an option to manually input the school. They will select that option and manually enter the school: LanguageBird.

The students will enter LanguageBird as a school they attended for the term(s) they attended. Once that is done, the student will be able to enter the course under the Language Other Than English (LOTE - E) area, the term(s) they took it and the grade(s) they received.
LanguageBird's grading system is:
A B C D F

What what is LanguageBird's term system?
Semester (2 final grades per year)

How do you indicate on the application more details about LanguageBird?
You can only put this type of information about a school in an additional section on the application for other information you would like to provide. You can write something like:
LanguageBird is a WASC accredited, UC A-G approved, NCAA approved online language school where students are taught one to one live with a native speaking instructor at an accelerated pace.

What if the student is still enrolled and not finished with a course by the time the application is due? What will her transcript look like?
If the student has finished 12 lessons they will get a mid-year grade (semester). That can be represented in the application. All classes planned but not yet taken or completed get logged onto the application as either "Planned" or "in Progress".

For any further questions regarding the UC application please contact the UC directly:
E-mail:
ucinfo@applyucsupport.net

Telephone:
(800) 207-1710 (within the U.S.)
(925) 298-6856 (outside the U.S.)

Hours (PST)
Monday-Friday: 10am - 6pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed
Steps:
1. In the School Lookup in the Other Schools section on the Education page, scroll to the "I do not see my school listed." option.

2. Add in the information for Language Bird. Name, School Type, Country, State, and Zip code are required.

3. Navigate to Courses and Grades.

4. Language Bird should now appear in the school list.

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1. Start with academic history and high schools attended. You want to list all schools you attended including LangaugeBird Step 1

2. Click on add a High School Step 2

3. To be able to add LanguageBird, enter in "United States" for country and for the zip code enter "90023".Step 3

4. It will say there are no results or no high schools found in that zip code, but that's ok! Click the link at the bottom that says "can't find your school? Step 4

5. Add LanguageBird as a high school you attended as follows: Step 5

6. Select Semester as the term type Step 6

7. You will likely have already entered the high school you will graduate from into the application before you add LanguageBird. You will then see your high school as well as LanguageBird and any other schools listed at the top of the screen. Select the bubble for getting your high school diploma. Step 7

8. Proceed to enter in the course you took and the grades you earned. If a course is in progress, you will select "IP". If a course is planned in the future, select "planned." Step 8
LanguageBird's physical address is 10501 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles CA, 90024.

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.
We do not offer an AP curriculum as that is a very particular and prescribed curriculum designed to teach to a test. LanguageBird does not teach to a test. We focus more on oral competencies and getting students to feel confident speaking with a native speaker. If a student successfully finishes our level 4 course, usually, they are ready to prepare for an AP or SAT Subject exam. Our students can take the AP or SAT Subject exams in the language if it offered. Students can prepare by having test prep lessons with our instructors or taking timed practice tests on their own. We do not offer honors courses, but we do offer very high levels (beyond high school studies) in each of our languages. Typically, in schools, honors courses entail a faster pace class or more work added for some students on top of a traditional course. LanguageBird courses are taught to the individual student. The student is able to go at their pace, accelerate or do more on their own. There is no chance to be “held back” due to a classroom pace since we offer only one to one instruction. Additionally, students can complete more than one year of high school study with LanguageBird within a traditional school year. Therefore, it is not necessary to offer “accelerated” courses – ours already are!
All 11 languages are offered through level 5 or year 5. (Spanish is offered through level 6). Each level is equivalent to a full year of high school study. If a student completed year two at their school and wishes to take year three they would enroll in our level 3 course. Students can also take one semester. Our full year courses are divided into semester "A" and semester "B". Traditionally, if a student were to start studies in 9th grade, they would finish senior year (year 4) at level 4. Many of our students fit a level of study into a traditional semester so there is a lot more room for acceleration.

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

In some courses of study, it is required that you purchase digital access to a textbook or purchase a book. 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. To enroll go here: https://www.languagebird.com/enroll-now/
Our tuition for our programs is listed here: https://www.languagebird.com/course-tuition/

Certificate of Completion/Transcript Request

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. Some of our teachers currently reside in the U.S. however, all are native speakers of the target language.
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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