Frequently Asked Questions
- Are there any prerequisites for Foreign Language classes?
- Do I need to take a placement test?
- Can you explain the difference between 1A and 10A?
- My class was cancelled! How do I get my money back?
- I'm in high school. Can I take a CCSF language course?
- What about the Language Lab?
- How can I get extra help?
- I have already taken a course with a passing grade, but want to take it again. What are my options?
- What are SLOs?
- I need to transfer to a 4-yr. school. How much language do I need? Will these courses transfer?
- I have completed all the units I need for my language certificate. How do I get it?
- I already have a degree. I just want to take a language class. What do I do?
There are no prerequisites for any beginning Foreign Language class. Just sign up for the course you wish to take. If you've never studied a language before, it is best to start with the first class in the series (1, 1A, or 10A). Some classes have "advisories". Please see the catalog for details about the course you wish to take.
For core courses beyond the entry level, there may be prerequisites.
When you determine the prerequisite (from the catalog),
then see the instructions on how to challenge that prerequisite if you
have not taken the prerequisite course at CCSF. Go to: http://www.ccsf.edu/FLplacement and choose the
language you are interested in.
2. Do I need to take a placement test?
If you have satisfied prerequisites for core courses at another college or in other ways outside of CCSF, you must "challenge" the prerequisite. There are two ways; provide a transcript from another college or take a placement test. For other languages, this will begin in Spring 2016. There are no required placement tests for entry level or conversation courses in the Foreign Languages Department. Please see the Placement page for more information .
3. Can you explain the difference between 1A and 10A?
We have two tracks in most languages. The
traditional 4-skills track (1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, etc.) emphasizes
equally reading, writing, listening comprehension, and speaking. Our
conversation track (10A, 10B, etc. and in Chinese 10A, 12A, 14A, etc)
emphasizes speaking and comprehension. Read more about it on the "Which
Foreign Language Course Should I Take?" page. Another
important fact is that the traditional track transfers to UC and CSU.
The conversation track transfers to CSU only.
If your class is cancelled your money will be refunded to your "account". This is convenient if you plan on enrolling in another class right away. If you want your money back, you must fill out a form and submit it to Admissions and Records. (There is NO charge to you.)
If you paid by credit card, use this form:
Credit Card Payment Refund form
If you paid by cash or check, use this form:
Cash or Check Payment Refund form
5. I'm in high school. Can I take a CCSF language course?
Yes! We welcome high school students from
SFUSD and other districts in the region. There are a few additional
things high school students must do. Find out more here on the High
School Students page.
6. How do I satisfy the language lab requirement?
However, there is no department-wide requirement to use the Language Lab. Your instructor may ask you to visit the Language Center to practice listening and other skills. Your instructor may ask you to use our online tool, Canvas, to complete various assignments for your class.
More about the language lab here: Language Lab
You may use our physical Language Lab in 403 Rosenberg
Library to access the online language lab.
7. How can I get extra help?
The Learning Assistance Center, R207, on the
second floor of the Library has peer tutors for many classes at CCSF,
including Foreign Languages. Consult the Learning
Assistance Center schedule for times for each language. Most of
the tutors are native speakers from countries where the language you
are studying is spoken. It is fun, you can make new friends, and get
Tutoring Schedules: (updated after the start of each semester):
For more info call: 415-452-5502
8. Can I repeat a course?
You may "Petition to Repeat" (contact Admissions and Records), but most people are denied that option due to new state regulations. But, if you have already taken the course, you MAY co-enroll through Continuing Education. If you have questions about the fees, call: (415) 561-1840.
Here is the Continuing Education Co-enrollment Form .
9. What are SLOs?
SLO is an acronym for
Student Learning Outcome. Each course at CCSF has
identified Student Learning Outcomes. These are things you can expect
to know at the end of a course if you have successfully completed the
course. Student Learning Outcomes are listed on the Course Outline,
found in the Office of Instruction. They should also be listed on the
syllabus your instructor gives you on the first day of class. They are
assessed each semester so we can find out how well we are teaching
you, and so we can make adjustments to make our courses better each
semester. You can always ask your instructor for more information
10. I want to transfer to UC. How much language do I need?
For these and all other questions about which
courses you need for transfer to any 4-year school, you should see a
counselor. But, for your convenience, here is some general information
about the IGETC
language requirements. Remember, see your counselor early and
often! FL department courses transfer to CSU and most transfer to UC.
See the catalog and ask your counselor about individual courses. Our
courses also satisfy other areas for graduation and transfer.
After taking the appropriate number of courses/units (see each
language program page for details), fill out the Certificate
Petition. You can get one online (see link), in Admissions and
Records (E-107) or in the Foreign Languages Dept office in A-202.
Follow the instructions on the petition.
12. I already have a degree. I just want to take a class.