Language Class FAQ

What are the classes really like?

Classes are collegial, fun, non-credit, with emphasis on conversation. There are NO tests, exams or grades.

Can I get credit for the class?

NO, the classes are for the purpose of enrichment.

Why do community members pay higher tuition?

The ALTEC language class program was initially set up as a type of benefit for CU faculty, staff and graduate students. As part of the university's internationalization efforts, this program recieves financial support from the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, which enables us to subsidize the tuition for CU personnel. Please contact us if you or your organization is interested in providing a tuition subsidy for employees and/or members.

Do you accept credit card payments?

We do not accept credit or debit card payments at this time. We hope to offer this as a payment option in the future.

I can't make it to class at the scheduled time -- can you adjust hours?

No, unfortunately not. Our times are limited by the availability of rooms on campus. We can only request campus classrooms after regular credit courses are scheduled and this limits us because of the current space shortage on campus. We try to schedule the classes at a time convenient for both faculty and staff which is either at the beginning or end of the day, or over the lunch hour.

Can I get a refund?

No. The cost of tuition is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled. When we commit to pay the instructor it is based on the tuition that we have collected. For this reason we cannot refund the tuition after we have confirmed this semester's offered courses with the instructors. If you are unsatisfied with a class you may switch to any other class during the same semester.

What classes should I take?

The level one classes assume no previous knowledge or exposure to the language. Each higher level is a continuation of the previous semester's 20 hours of classroom instruction. If the class you signed up for is too simple or difficult you may switch to another class offered during the same semester or another language. You may also wish to contact the instructor for further guidance.

Are textbooks mandatory?

No. The instructors may recommend a textbook or provide other materials. It is not mandatory that you purchase the textbook. Contact your instructor if you have specific questions.