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FAQs: Modern Languages

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What is the length of the course?

A course is one term of tuition. Each term is 10 weeks in duration.

How are the levels organised?

We offer 6 levels of progression, which are divided into modules A and B. These are: Beginners (1A & 1B), Elementary (2A & 2B), Lower Intermediate (3A & 3B), Intermediate (4A & 4B), Upper Intermediate (5A & 5B), and Advanced (6A & 6B). Level 6B is an open-ended level that can continue indefinitely – some level 6 classes have been running for over 20 years!

Are all levels offered for languages?

The levels offered for each language vary from term to term and language to language. We are able to offer most levels for more popular languages, while levels for other languages are usually more limited.

Can I study for just one 10 week term?

Yes, you can. Some students may only want to enrol in one 10 week term.

What course books are used?

Course books are chosen by language teachers. Check under the Level Guide tab of each language for more information.

What materials are supplied by the teachers?

Teachers follow the course books but often also provide additional materials for students.

Does the course fee include the course book?

No. We strongly encourage you to purchase their own course books. Course books can be bought from UNSW bookshop (UNSW main campus, building E15), Abbey’s Bookshop (131 York St, Sydney) or online. Please note that if a language course is cancelled, UNSW Bookshop will only consider a refund for a textbook bought at UNSW Bookshop if the book has not sustained any damage or been written in.

Are the teachers native speakers?

We prefer to employ teachers who are native speakers. All teachers will either be native speakers or have spent considerable time in a country in which the language is spoken.

What experience/qualifications do the teachers have?

Our teachers have at least one teaching qualification and teaching experience.

What is the average class size?

Classes have an average of 10-12 students, with 18 being the maximum number.

What is the minimum/maximum age for students?

The minimum age for our students is 18. There is no maximum age.

Do the courses have assessments/exams?

Our language courses do not have formal exams or tests, but revision is conducted through a range of other methods depending on the class and the teacher.

How do I work out what level I am when enrolling in a course?

You should self-assess their language level before enrolling in a course by considering the number of hours they have spent studying the language prior to the course and their experience of the language (check information under the Level Guide tab for further details). For further assistance, please contact Student Enquiries on 9385 0555 or enquiries@unswglobal.unsw.edu.au

When/How will I be notified of class confirmation?

Once payment has been made, you will receive a payment acknowledgement email and payment receipt. Please refer to the course dates, times and location details shown under the Dates and Fees tab in order to avoid missing the course start date. If we have to cancel a class due to insufficient enrolments you will be sent a class cancellation email 1 to 2 days before the class was due to begin.

If my class is cancelled, will I get a refund?

Yes. Students who have applied for a course that is cancelled will receive a refund which may take up to 3 weeks to process. We often contact you first to see if you would like to transfer into another level before we officially withdraw your application and process your refund. For further information, please refer to our Conditions of Enrolment.

Can I enrol after the class has started?

Yes. Online applications close at the end of week 3 of each term. However, it’s always best to apply as early as possible as we cancel classes that do not receive enough applications.

Does the course include writing/speaking/listening/grammar/reading?

Most of our courses focus on speaking and listening and the essential grammar and vocabulary required to improved verbal and aural fluency. Courses focus less on writing and reading.

Is parking available?

There is street parking on Day Avenue and streets just west of Anzac Parade. Restricted campus parking is also available in the UNSW car park on the corner of Day Ave and Anzac Parade.

How are the Summer courses in January different from other terms?

The Summer short courses run in January and offer languages at Introduction level (1A and sometimes 1B). 20 hours of tuition are offered over 8 evenings (Mon-Thurs) so that a student can complete a whole level in less than 2 weeks.