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Introduction

What languages do you offer?

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

What levels do you offer?

Seven levels from complete beginners (level 1) to advanced (level 4) and post-A level (levels 5, 6 and 7). We also offer French for Art Historians and Italian for Art Historians at an intermediate level. Currently Arabic is available at levels 1 to 5, Dutch is available at levels 1 to 4 and Portuguese is available at levels 1 to 5. 

Who can take a language module?

You must be a current undergraduate or postgraduate student at UCL or another college of the University of London, and be able to take a language as one of your modules.

When do courses run?

All CLIE modules (15 or 30 credits) run over BOTH Term 1 AND Term 2 i.e. from October to March. 

I'm only here for the Autumn term (Term 1) - can I take these courses?

You must be here for the full academic year to take a language module. All CLIE modules (15 or 30 credits) start in October and run through to March.

I'm a postgraduate student - can I take these courses?

Yes.  

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, shortly after you have competed your registration at UCL.

Registration

How do I register?

YOU NEED TO COMPLETE ALL OF STEPS 1-5 BELOW* IN THE ORDER SHOWN; ONLY AFTER YOU HAVE REGISTERED AT THE CLIE WILL YOUR PORTICO CHOICE(S) BE APPROVED BY US AS THE TEACHING DEPARTMENT (after being amended if necessary).

Online (Portico)* - as soon as permitted: select the most appropriate CLIE language module on Portico (along with your other modules), using the Module directory there, or the course information here. Submit your selections as soon as possible (unless you have been advised otherwise), as we can always amend your selection later. Registration Form - complete a CLIE Language Modules 2018-2019: MFL Registration Form (also available from a CLIE language tutor or the Course Units office). For our English for Academic Purposes modules please use the CLIE Language Modules 2018-2019: EAP Registration Form. For our BSL module please complete the CLIE Language Modules 2018-2019: BSL Registration Form. Intercollegiate students must also complete and submit the UCL Intercollegiate Student Registration Form.

Interview with a language tutor - from FRIDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2018 to FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2018: come as soon as possible to the CLIE for an informal interview with a language tutor for the language you wish to study, who will assess your level using a variety of methods, and sign your Registration Form. Times are shown below; no appointment is necessary. 

You must have an interview before you can register even if you are a complete beginner or have previously taken a course unit at the CLIE.

BASc and IEP programme students: if you took and passed a language module at CLIE in 2017-2018 AND have not studied the language over the summer then you do not need to come for a language interview.

Timetabling - from MONDAY 01 OCTOBER 2018 to WEDNESDAY 03 OCTOBER 2018: each CLIE module 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. Note: there is only ONE timetabling session for each course.

Submit your completed Registration Form - at the end of your timetabling session: submit your completed CLIE Language Modules 2018-2019: Registration Form to the CLIE staff members.

If you miss your timetabling session or are registering for a module with pre-scheduled classes please submit your registration form directly to the Course Units office.

You will then be officially registered and we will approve your language course unit(s) on Portico* (after amending if necessary).

* Portico does not apply to intercollegiate students.

How do I register on Portico?

How do I register on Portico?

Please see the Portico Module Registration - Student User Guide

How do I select my level for Portico?

How do I select my level for Portico?

Take a look at this short description of each level.

When can I register?

When can I register?

Registration interviews are from Friday 21 September 2018 to Friday 28 September 2018. Full information, including registration times.

Where do I register?

Where do I register?

Registration 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?

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

YOU NEED TO COMPLETE ALL OF STEPS 1-5 BELOW* IN THE ORDER SHOWN; ONLY AFTER YOU HAVE REGISTERED AT THE CLIE WILL YOUR PORTICO CHOICE(S) BE APPROVED BY US AS THE TEACHING DEPARTMENT (after being amended if necessary).

Online (Portico)* - as soon as permitted: select the most appropriate CLIE language module on Portico (along with your other modules), using the Module directory there, or the course information here. Submit your selections as soon as possible (unless you have been advised otherwise), as we can always amend your selection later. Registration Form - complete a CLIE Language Modules 2018-2019: MFL Registration Form (also available from a CLIE language tutor or the Course Units office). For our English for Academic Purposes modules please use the CLIE Language Modules 2018-2019: EAP Registration Form. For our BSL module please complete the CLIE Language Modules 2018-2019: BSL Registration Form. Intercollegiate students must also complete and submit the UCL Intercollegiate Student Registration Form.

Interview with a language tutor - from FRIDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2018 to FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2018: come as soon as possible to the CLIE for an informal interview with a language tutor for the language you wish to study, who will assess your level using a variety of methods, and sign your Registration Form. Times are shown below; no appointment is necessary. 

You must have an interview before you can register even if you are a complete beginner or have previously taken a course unit at the CLIE.

BASc and IEP programme students: if you took and passed a language module at CLIE in 2017-2018 AND have not studied the language over the summer then you do not need to come for a language interview.

Timetabling - from MONDAY 01 OCTOBER 2018 to WEDNESDAY 03 OCTOBER 2018: each CLIE module 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. Note: there is only ONE timetabling session for each course.

Submit your completed Registration Form - at the end of your timetabling session: submit your completed CLIE Language Modules 2018-2019: Registration Form to the CLIE staff members.

If you miss your timetabling session or are registering for a module with pre-scheduled classes please submit your registration form directly to the Course Units office.

You will then be officially registered and we will approve your language course unit(s) on Portico* (after amending if necessary).

* Portico does not apply to intercollegiate students.

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

Can I take more than one language course unit?

Can I take more than one language module?

Provided you have enough credit available you can study more than one language module; just follow the registration steps 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 CLIE language tutor for an interview to ensure that you are registered for the correct module. You will also be given additional information about the course, including recommended materials and timetabling.

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

Yes, unless you are a BASc student in your 2nd, 3rd or 4th year, or an IEP student in your 3rd year. You need to see a CLIE language tutor for an interview to ensure that you are registered for the correct module. 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?

We recommend that you select the appropriate language module 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 CLIE language tutor for an interview to ensure that you are registered for the correct module. 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 CLIE language 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 module on Portico before approving it, once you have submitted your Registration Form to the CLIE.

Timetable

What is the timetable for these courses?

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

How are the courses timetabled?

Language module 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 CLIE language tutor. 

Can I see my language module on my online personal teaching timetable?

Language module class, tutor and room information will be available on the UCL Online Timetable from Sunday 07 October 2018. 

In order for your language module class to appear on your Online Timetable on Sunday 07 October 2018 you must have completed all registration steps with the CLIE no later than Wednesday 03 October 2018 AND been assigned to a group.

Groups

What is a group?

All CLIE language modules 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 15-credit module normally has one 2-hour class per week (labelled group A, B, C, D... etc) and a 30-credit module normally has two 2-hour classes per week (labelled groups A1, A2, B1, B2... etc).

For example:

15-credit modules:
LCIT0002 group A
LCIT0002 group B
LCIT0002 group C etc

30-credit modules:
LCIT0010 groups A1 and A2
LCIT0010 groups B1 and B2
LCIT0010 groups C1 and C2 etc.

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

Classes

Where is my class held?

Language module class, tutor and room information will be available on the UCL Online Timetable from Sunday 07 October 2018. 

In order for your language module class to appear on your Online Timetable on Sunday 07 October 2018 you must have completed all registration steps with the CLIE no later than Wednesday 03 October 2018 AND been assigned to a group.

Who is my tutor?

Who is my tutor?

Language module class, tutor and room information will be available on the UCL Online Timetable from Sunday 07 October 2018. 

In order for your language module class to appear on your Online Timetable on Sunday 07 October 2018 you must have completed all registration steps with the CLIE no later than Wednesday 03 October 2018 AND been assigned to a group.

When is my first class?

When is my first class?

Classes start in the week beginning Monday 08 October 2018. Please see term dates

Do I need to register to attend a class?

Do I need to register to attend a class?

Yes. Only fully registered students can attend CLIE module classes.

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

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 CLIE language module 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?

To fully benefit from the programme you should attend ALL your language classes. Absence from a class means missing an essential element of the course.

UCL expects students to aim for 100% attendance, and has a minimum attendance requirement of 70% of scheduled learning, teaching and assessment activities. If you do not meet this requirement you may be barred from summative assessment.

If you are (or will be) unable to attend a class, please contact your CLIE language tutor as soon as possible, giving reasons, and discuss how to catch up.

I missed my class - what should I do?

To fully benefit from the programme you should attend ALL your language classes. Absence from a class means missing an essential element of the course.

UCL expects students to aim for 100% attendance, and has a minimum attendance requirement of 70% of scheduled learning, teaching and assessment activities. If you do not meet this requirement you may be barred from summative assessment.

If you missed a class you should contact your CLIE language tutor as soon as possible, giving reasons, and discuss how to catch up.