FAQs

Introduction

What languages do you offer?

We offer Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish.

What levels do you offer?

We offer seven levels from complete beginners (syllabus A) to advanced (syllabus D) and post-A level (Business and Current Affairs; Current Affairs and Culture (Social, Historical and Political); Professional Purposes II; Academic Purposes II; Translation Skills). We also offer French for Art Historians and Italian for Art Historians at intermediate level. Please note that Arabic and Mandarin are currently available at levels 1 to 5 (Business and Current Affairs) and Dutch is available at levels 1 to 4.

Who can take a course unit?

You must be a current undergraduate or graduate student at UCL or another college of the University of London, and have authorisation from your department to study a language course unit as part of your degree programme.

When do courses run?

All CLIE course units (0.5 and 1.0 course units/15 and 30 credits) run over BOTH terms i.e. from October to May. 

I’m only here for one term (Autumn or Spring) – can I take these courses?

You must be here for the full academic year to take a language course unit. All CLIE course units (0.5 and 1.0 course units/15 and 30 credits) start in October and run through to May.

I’m a graduate student – can I take these courses?

Yes.  We offer modern foreign language course units for graduate students.

PORTICO

What is PORTICO?

PORTICO is the UCL Student Information Programme where you can select your modules, view module results, view the module directory as well as update your personal details and contact addresses.

What do I need to access PORTICO?

You need a UCL userid and password.

I'm not a UCL student; can I access PORTICO?

Only students registered at UCL can access PORTICO. If you are an intercollegiate student your courses will be registered for you once you have completed registration at the UCL CLIE.  You will get access to UCL services, including PORTICO, towards the middle of Term 1.

Registration

How do I register (UCL students)?

  1. Online (PORTICO) – as soon as permitted: course unit (module) selection is done online on PORTICO: the UCL Student Information Service, where you can view data about courses/modules and select those you wish to study (in accordance with the rules for your programme of study). You should select the most appropriate language course unit on it (as well as your other modules), using the Module directory there, or the course information here.
  2. Registration Form – from 09 SEPTEMBER 2013: complete a CLIE COURSE UNITS 2013-2014: MFL REGISTRATION FORM (also available from the CLIE reception). For our English for Academic Purposes course units please use the COURSE UNITS 2013-2014: EAP REGISTRATION FORM.
  3. Interview with a language tutor – from FRIDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2013 to FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2013: Come to the CLIE for an informal interview with a language tutor for the language you wish to study, who will assess your level and sign your Registration Form. THIS APPLIES EVEN IF YOU ARE A COMPLETE BEGINNER OR HAVE PREVIOUSLY TAKEN A COURSE UNIT AT THE CLIE.
  4. Online (PORTICO) – if not already done: submit and confirm your module selections on PORTICO (after amending your selected language module if necessary). If you have not yet chosen your language module on PORTICO then do so, and submit and confirm your selections.
  5. Timetabling – from MONDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2013 to THURSDAY 03 OCTOBER 2013: each CLIE course unit is scheduled around the availability of those students who register to take it; you therefore must attend the timetabling session for your course to have an input in when your class is scheduled. You will be given the time of your timetabling session at the interview with a language tutor. N.B. there is only ONE timetabling session for each course.
  6. Submit your completed Registration Form – at the end of your timetabling session: submit your completed COURSE UNITS 2013-2014: REGISTRATION FORM to the CLIE staff members; you will then be officially registered and we will approve your language course unit(s) on PORTICO (after amending if necessary).

How do I register (intercollegiate students)?

  1. Registration Form – from 09 SEPTEMBER 2013: complete a CLIE COURSE UNITS 2013-2014: INTERCOLLEGIATE STUDENTS REGISTRATION FORM (including a UCL Registry Examination Registration Form)  (also available from the CLIE reception).
  2. Departmental authorisation: have the forms signed by your Departmental Tutor at your College.
  3. Interview with a language tutor – from FRIDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2013 to FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2013: Come to the CLIE for an informal interview with a language tutor for the language you wish to study, who will assess your level and sign your Registration Form. THIS APPLIES EVEN IF YOU ARE A COMPLETE BEGINNER OR HAVE PREVIOUSLY TAKEN A COURSE UNIT AT THE CLIE.
  4. Timetabling – from MONDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2013 to THURSDAY 03 OCTOBER 2013: each CLIE course unit is scheduled around the availability of those students who register to take it; you therefore must attend the timetabling session for your course to have an input in when your class is scheduled. You will be given the time of your timetabling session at the interview with a language tutor. N.B. there is only ONE timetabling session for each course.
  5. Submit your completed Registration Form – at the end of your timetabling session: submit your completed COURSE UNITS 2013-2014: REGISTRATION FORM to the CLIE staff members; you will then be officially registered.

How do I register on PORTICO?

How do I select my level for PORTICO?

Take a look at this short description of each level.

When can I register?

Registration interviews are from Friday 20 September 2013 to Friday 27 September 2013. Full information, including registration times.

Where do I register?

Registration (interviews and timetabling) takes place in the CLIE, 26 Bedford Way. Full information, including rooms for interviews.

I've registered on PORTICO; do I need to do anything else?

Yes! You also need to complete steps 2-6 below:

  1. Online (PORTICO) – as soon as permitted: course unit (module) selection is done online on PORTICO: the UCL Student Information Service, where you can view data about courses/modules and select those you wish to study (in accordance with the rules for your programme of study). You should select the most appropriate language course unit on it (as well as your other modules), using the Module directory there, or the course information here.
  2. Registration Form – from 09 SEPTEMBER 2013: complete a CLIE COURSE UNITS 2013-2014: MFL REGISTRATION FORM (also available from the CLIE reception). For our English for Academic Purposes course units please use the COURSE UNITS 2013-2014: EAP REGISTRATION FORM.
  3. Interview with a language tutor – from FRIDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2013 to FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2013: Come to the CLIE for an informal interview with a language tutor for the language you wish to study, who will assess your level and sign your Registration Form. THIS APPLIES EVEN IF YOU ARE A COMPLETE BEGINNER OR HAVE PREVIOUSLY TAKEN A COURSE UNIT AT THE CLIE.
  4. Online (PORTICO) – if not already done: submit and confirm your module selections on PORTICO (after amending your selected language module if necessary). If you have not yet chosen your language module on PORTICO then do so, and submit and confirm your selections.
  5. Timetabling – from MONDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2013 to THURSDAY 03 OCTOBER 2013: each CLIE course unit is scheduled around the availability of those students who register to take it; you therefore must attend the timetabling session for your course to have an input in when your class is scheduled. You will be given the time of your timetabling session at the interview with a language tutor. N.B. there is only ONE timetabling session for each course.
  6. Submit your completed Registration Form – at the end of your timetabling session: submit your completed COURSE UNITS 2013-2014: REGISTRATION FORM to the CLIE staff members; you will then be officially registered and we will approve your language course unit(s) on PORTICO (after amending if necessary).

Until you have completed all steps you will not be registered.

Can I take more than one language course unit?

Provided you have enough credits available you can study more than one language course unit; just follow the registration steps above for each language you wish to study.

Language interviews

Where are the interviews taking place?

Interviews take place in the CLIE. Full details...

I haven't studied the language before; do I need to come for an interview?

Yes. You need to see a language tutor for an interview to ensure that you are registered for the correct course. You will also be given additional information about the course, including recommended materials and timetabling.

I took a language course unit last year; do I still need to come for an interview?

Yes. You need to see a language tutor for an interview to ensure that you are registered for the correct course. You will also be given additional information about the course, including recommended materials and timetabling.

Should I select my course on PORTICO before I've had an interview?

You should select the appropriate language course unit on PORTICO before you come for an interview, using the course information online

Can I have an interview before I make my selections on PORTICO?

You can come for your interview first and then select your course on PORTICO, but we will be unable to approve your choice and register you until you have confirmed your selections on PORTICO.

Why do I need an interview?

You need to see a language tutor for an interview to ensure that you are registered for the correct course. You will also be given additional information about the course, including recommended materials and timetabling.

Do I need to book a time for my interview?

No, just come along at one of the times when tutors are available

I've had my interview and my language module is different from the one I selected on PORTICO; what should I do?

We will amend your language course unit on PORTICO before approving it, once you have submitted your Registration Form.

Timetable

What is the timetable for these courses?

Because students taking our language course units come from many departments and faculties we do not timetable these classes in advance. Each CLIE course unit is scheduled around the availability of those students who register to take it.

How are the courses timetabled?

Language course unit classes are timetabled around the availability of those students who register to take it. To do this we hold a timetabling session for each language course to find a time (or times) each week when people can attend. You will be given further information when you have your interview with the language tutor. 

Can I see my language course unit on my online personal teaching timetable?

Language course unit class and room information will be available on the UCL Online Timetable from Saturday 05 October 2013. Please note that you must have completed all six registration steps with the CLIE no later than Wednesday 02 October 2013 and been assigned to a group in order for your language course unit class to appear on your Online Timetable on Saturday 05 October 2013.

Groups

What is a group?

All CLIE language course units are taught in groups which are kept as small as possible. To distinguish between the different groups for each course each one has a different label.

What is the connection between a class and a group?

Classes are normally two hours in duration.  A 0.5 course unit (15 credits) normally has one 2-hour class per week (labelled group A, B, C, D... etc) and a 1.0 course unit (30 credits) normally has two 2-hour classes per week (labelled groups A1, A2, B1, B2... etc).

For example:

0.5 course unit:
LCIT6001 group A
LCIT6001 group B
LCIT6001 group C etc

1.0 course unit:
LCIT6012 groups A1 and A2
LCIT6012 groups B1 and B2
LCIT6012 groups C1 and C2 etc.

The group label has no connection with the level of the course.

Classes

Where is my class held?

Class and room information will be available on the UCL Online Timetable from Saturday 05 October 2013, and will additionally be displayed on the Course Unit Information Board outside the Course Units office from Monday 07 October 2013 at 08:45 (Monday classes only; all other days will be available on the Information Board after 14:00).

Please note that in order for your language course unit class to appear on your Online Timetable on Saturday 05 October 2013 you must have completed all registration steps with the CLIE no later than Wednesday 02 October 2013 and been assigned to a group.

Who is my tutor?

You can find out full class details on the UCL Online Timetable (from Saturday 05 October 2013) and on the classlists displayed on the Course Unit Information Board outside the Course Units office (from Monday 07 October 2013 at 08:45 for Monday classes; all other days will be available on the Information Board after 14:00).

When is my first class?

Classes start in the week beginning Monday 07 October 2013. Please see term dates

Do I need to register to attend a class?

Yes. Only fully registered students can attend CLIE course unit classes.

Can I audit/attend a class without taking it for credit?

No. Only students taking the course for credit (i.e. as part of your degree programme) and who have fully registered with the CLIE can attend course unit classes. 

If you wish to take a language course that is not for credit, please see our Evening Courses programme.

Attendance

I can’t attend a particular class – what should I do/who do I contact?

If you will be unable to attend a class, please contact your tutor as soon as possible so you can discuss how to catch up. You should also inform your tutor of the reason(s) for your absence.

I missed my class – what should I do?

If you missed a class you should contact your tutor as soon as possible to discuss how to catch up. You should also inform your tutor of the reason(s) for your absence.

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