Mission Statement:

“LanguageBird creates a community of learners who master speaking new languages with confidence. Students connect one-to-one with an engaged instructor for self-paced language learning and cultural discovery.”

 

 

Click the sections below to view information. The first step is to download the Expectations and Textbook Information PDF found in the very first panel:

This is the first step to preparing for your lesson. Please download this PDF that contains information on how to obtain your course textbook and class expectations.

Expectations and Textbook Information

What to Expect

Many students underestimate the amount of studying that will go into an online class. The same amount of time that you should study in a class at school is the same time you should be studying for a class online.

 

  • Your experience will be very personalized. Your instructor will work with you to figure out the best teaching method and pace for your lessons. This process will ensure you get the most out of learning a language.

 

  • Many students prefer LanguageBird because you can choose your own class schedule and pace. Both you and the teacher will arrange a time that is best for focusing on learning.

 

  • Technological errors do occur from time to time. Make sure you have all your system requirements set up the best possible way. If you are using WiFi, try getting the router closer to your study space so no interruptions occur.

 

  • Your teacher will take your notes for you. During your lesson, any important grammar or pronunciation notes will be made by your teacher so that you can catch all the important tips.

 

  • You will receive a progress check after 5 lessons. This will help you see where you stand in the course.

LANGUAGEBIRD ACADEMIC CODE OF HONESTY

All students and parents must sign a pledge of academic honesty within their course contract. Plagiarism, falsification, multiple submissions of the same materials without permission to do so or any other dishonest practices are not tolerated and may result in falling the assignment or the class.

GRADING POLICY

Final grades in the course will be assessed by the student’s instructor based on student prompt attendance, clear progress in oral communication abilities and written abilities in the foriegn language.

Instruction is completely differentiated based on student skill level and ability. Instructors will be checking often for understanding, repeating directions, providing a rubric with detailed expectations and modelling is provided when needed for all students.

 

HOW STUDENTS WILL BE GRADED

Grade – Skills Obtained

A – Exceeds expectations of grasping key concepts, provides many examples both orally and in written form of their mastery of topics taught, participates fully in online sessions, completes all assignments independently prior to lessons, prepares and asks questions of the instructor during each meeting.

B – Meets expectations of grasping key concepts, provides some examples both orally and in written form of their mastery of topics taught, participates fully in online sessions, completes most all assignments independently prior to lessons, prepares and asks questions of the instructor during each meeting.

C – Mostly meets expectations of grasping most key concepts, provides few examples orally and in written form of mastery of topics taught, participates in online sessions with some hesitancy, completes many assignments independently prior to lessons, sometimes prepares and asks questions of the instructor.

D or F – Little evidence of the student grasping key concepts, the student is unable to provide examples both orally and in written form of their mastery of topics taught, does not participate in online sessions orally with the instructor, completes few assignments independently prior to lessons, rarely prepares and asks questions of the instructor during each meeting.

At the end of each session online session with the instructor, students will be assessed on a 10-point rubric that will comprise their grade in oral communication skills (see the rubric below). This will be 80% of their grade. The other 20% of the grade will focus on written assignments and one larger on-going project.

  • 80% language proficiency through extensive interaction in the language
  • 20% Weekly written assignments/notes from sessions viewed by teacher

 

LESSON DISCUSSION RUBRIC

Score – Discussion Responses

10 – Completely responds to the teacher orally. Addresses instructor questions fully. Shows mastery of the materials taught in the lesson.

8 – Sufficiently responds to the teacher orally. Addresses instructor questions mostly. Shows mastery of most the materials taught in the lesson.

6 – Satisfactorily responds to the teacher orally. Addresses instructor questions somewhat. Shows mastery of some of the materials taught in the lesson.

2 – Does not respond to the teacher orally. Is not able to address instructor questions. Shows little to no mastery of the materials taught in the lesson.

LANGUAGEBIRD LEARNER EXPECTATIONS

LanguageBird Students will be:

  1. Engaged in their language learning.
  2. Open to learning about new people and cultures.
  3. Communicate effectively.
  4. Show integrity and motivation in their work to learn the language.

 

Homework

  • Students may or may not receive homework before or after a lesson. 1 lesson includes 1 live instructional session with a teacher whether or not homework is assigned and/or completed. Teachers are not required to correct homework outside of their lesson times with students. Students are free to ask questions and discuss homework within the lesson.
  • Homework for each session will be listed in the student’s course in Moodle.

 

Progress Checks

  • Teachers and students create a sheet of notes together reviewing the conversation from the day’s lesson. Students may access the lesson notes anytime.
  • Students will be given progress checks every five lessons by the teacher. Progress checks will be in the form of written and oral reviews of material covered during the prior sessions.
  • Checks are done within the 6th, 11th, 16th, and finally in the 24th hour of instruction. Teachers give immediate written feedback following the oral progress check as well as a letter grade (A-F) and record it on the student lesson notes.
  • Students will be emailed a Certificate of Completion with a grade (A-F) in the course at the end of the course. Or, if they choose, students will be able to elect to have a designated high school or university/college receive their transcript. They may request Certificates of Completion through our website form.

*24hr Scheduling Policy: Any schedule change must be given a 24hr notice. Any request done under 24 hours will result in a late cancel fee. Both no-show absences and late cancels result in a fee of $85 that will be charged to the card on file the following month.

Lesson Length

  • Lessons are 60 minutes live online with an instructor.
  • The student, parent and LanguageBird® staff work together to create a schedule of all lessons for the student in advance with his/her instructor’s calendar.

Credits

  • 24 credit hours is equivalent to one year of college-prep high school foreign language.
  • 12 credit hours is equivalent to one semester of college-prep high school foreign language.

Transferability

  • Lesson credits/hours are not transferable to another person.

Certificate of Completion of a LanguageBird® Course

  • Certificate of Completion, or Transcript, requests can be made through the LanguageBird® website at the conclusion of the course for a $10 fee to cover printing and postage. There is a charge of $3 to be sent electronically.

Course Credit

  • Parent and Student recognizes it is their responsibility to inform their high school counselor that they will be taking the course with LanguageBird® and consent from the high school counselor is necessary in order to have the course placed on the student’s high school transcript.
  • High schools may add LanguageBird® courses to their University of California course list upon request and it is typical that a student need to fill out a concurrent enrollment form to turn in to their counselor.
  • Students may write in LanguageBird® courses and final grades on college applications and specify that LanguageBird® is a UC approved course publisher in the case their high school does not include outside courses on their transcript.
  • If it is not important for the student to have the course listed on their high school transcript, LanguageBird® can send the course certificate of completion directly to the college of the student’s choice in order to inform the college they took additional courses for high school course credit. As with any course taken in high school, it is up to the digression of the college/university to include courses in the student’s GPA.

Confidentiality

  • LanguageBird® will maintain strict confidentiality of records, notes and client information and will only disclose confidential information with the express written consent of the student and their parent/guardian.

Tardiness

  • If student is late to a lesson, no additional time will be added to the lesson. If teacher is late to a lesson, he/she is obligated to make up that time to the student at either the end of the current lesson or at a future lesson.
  • If student is tardy, teacher will be obligated to wait for student for 15 minutes after the scheduled starting time of the lesson. After 15 minutes, teacher reserves the right to cancel the lesson. No credit hours will be refunded. Students will have to purchase an additional single lesson from LanguageBird® at the standard hourly rate to make up the hour toward their total course credits.

Cancellations

  • If teacher cancels a lesson fewer than 24 hours in advance or does not show up for a lesson, the student will be assigned an alternate make-up hour. In order to ensure accuracy, notifications of teacher cancellations or no-shows cannot be taken after 24 hours.
  • If student cancels 24 hours or more before a scheduled lesson, the lesson may be rescheduled. This however may set the student back in terms of their projected completion date of the course.
  • If student cancels fewer than 24 hours before a lesson, the lesson credit will be deducted as if the lesson had taken place. Students will have to purchase an additional single lesson from LanguageBird® at the standard hourly rate to make up the hour toward their total course credits.


Equipment failure

  • LanguageBird® is not responsible for any interruptions to live online lessons due to slowness or failure of student’s computer hardware, software, Internet connection or related technology.
  • In the event that live online lessons are interrupted due to slowness or failure of teacher’s computer hardware, software, Internet connection or related technology, the following actions will be taken:
  • Lesson will continue without video. Credits for such lessons will not be refunded.
  • If lesson quality is still deemed insufficient by teacher, lesson time will be rescheduled free of charge.

8 to Great! Tips for your Language Class

Pick the language that you are learning below so that you can read some tips on how to better grasp the language. These tips were suggested by the native speakers and are will be very useful for you!

8 Tips for Spanish LanguageBird Students

8 Tips for French LanguageBird Students

8 Tips for German LanguageBird Students

8 Tips for Italian LanguageBird Students

8 Tips for Japanese LanguageBird Students

8 Tips for Mandarin LanguageBird Students

8 Tips for Hebrew LanguageBird Students

System Requirements

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 with upload and download speeds of at least 1mb/sec.

 

For Windows Users

Computer and processor: Minimum 1.6 GHz (or higher) (32-bit or 64-bit).

Memory: 2.0 GB RAM

Hard disk: 3.0 GB of available disk space

Display: 1024 x 768 screen resolution

Graphics hardware: Minimum of 128 MB graphics memory

Operating system: Windows Server 2012 R2+, Windows 10, or Windows 8.1 in 32-bit and 64-bit. For the best experience, use the latest version of your operating system.

.NET version: Requires .NET 4.5 CLR or later

Video: USB 2.0 video camera

Devices: Standard laptop camera, microphone, and speakers

Video calls and meetings:

For a better experience with 1:1 video calls, we recommend using a computer that has a single-core processor and 4.0 GB RAM (or higher).

For a better experience with online meetings, we recommend using a computer that has a dual-core processor and 8.0 GB RAM (or higher).

The optional Blur my background video effect requires a processor with Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (AVX2) support. See Hardware decoder and encoder driver recommendations for a list of unsupported decoders and encoders.

Joining a meeting using proximity detection in a Microsoft Teams Room requires Bluetooth LE, which requires Bluetooth to be enabled on the client device, and for Windows clients requires the 64-bit Teams client. It's not available on 32-bit Teams clients.

for Mac Users

Processor: Minimum Intel processor, Core 2 Duo or higher

Memory: 2.0 GB RAM

Hard disk: 1.5 GB of available disk space

Display: 1280 x 800 or higher resolution

Operating system: Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan or later

Video: Compatible webcam

Voice: Compatible microphone and speakers, headset with microphone, or equivalent device

Video calls and meetings

For a better experience with 1:1 video calls, we recommend using a computer that has a single-core processor and 4.0 GB RAM (or higher).

For a better experience with online meetings, we recommend using a computer that has a dual-core processor and 8.0 GB RAM (or higher).

The optional Blur my background video effect requires a processor with Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (AVX2) support, supported on most late 2013 Mac devices and later. See Hardware decoder and encoder driver recommendations for a list of unsupported decoders and encoders.

Joining a meeting using proximity detection in a Microsoft Teams Room is not available on Mac OS.

Pre-Class Checklist

  • I downloaded the Expectations and Textbook Information PDF.
  • I made sure I set up my device and my microphone/headset is working properly.
  • I have downloaded my language’s tips for learning.
  • I have bought or rented my book.
  • I have a designated space for my class where my instructor can see me clearly through the webcam.
  • I have read the scheduling policies