FAQs

 

Q. How does the Language Lab work?
A.
When registering for a language class at CPCC, you also need to register for the same section lab (e.g. for SPA 111, 01 you would have to register for SPA 181, 01). The labs at Central and Levine Campus are “open labs”: you can go any time during the opening hours.

You will receive a lab card which you use for signing in and out each time you go.

In the lab, you work independently on the language you are enrolled for. Your instructor will give you assignments to complete and you will also have access to all kinds of language resources like magazines, movies, CD-ROMs, etc. Please go to the Multimedia Language Learning Lab website for additional information.

Q. Which level should I register for?
A. If you have never studied the language, you would start with Elementary Spanish/French/German I (e.g. SPA111). This is a class for beginners. If you have already had some instruction in the language and feel that you would not benefit from a basic beginners’ class, you should get in touch with our department at (704) 330-6914 in order to schedule a placement test. This test will establish whether your background is sufficient for a prerequisite permission to be given which will allow you to register for a higher level.

Also, if you have studied the language at the college level in a different institution, please call our department. We will need a copy of your transcript, showing that you passed a particular level with a grade of C or better. The permission will then be given based upon this policy.

Q. How do online classes work?
A. These classes use the CPCC virtual campus “Blackboard” as a delivery platform. All the information you need (assignments, deadlines, lesson plans, etc.) are on a website which you will have access to once you have registered. Communication with the instructor and the class is conducted via message boards and email.  Testing for these classes is on-line.

Q. What is the difference between the Curriculum language classes and the language classes offered through Continuing Education?
A. The major difference between the Continuing Education classes’, "Beginning Spanish/French/German" and the Curriculum classes’, "Elementary Spanish/French/German" is that Continuing Education classes do not earn college credit.

Another difference between the two types of classes is that in a Curriculum class, students will take exams and quizzes, as well as have mandatory attendance requirements. The workload in these classes is higher, with a heavy emphasis placed upon the introduction of rules of grammar, reading skills, writing, and the speaking of the selected language.

Q. I have tried to register but the computer/phone registration system doesn’t let me do it – what is the problem?
A. If the system tells you that you need a “Co-requisite.”:

Every language class at CPCC comes with a corresponding lab, which is the co-requisite for the class (and vice versa). You cannot register for one without also registering for the other. When registering for SPA111, 01 (=section 01), you also need to register for SPA181, 01, i.e. the same section number. For information on the lab please see “How does the language lab work?”.

If the system tells you that you need a “Prerequisite.”:

The system will not allow you to register for a higher level class unless you have taken the previously level at CPCC, or our department has given you prerequisite permission based on a placement test or college transcript. If you have already had some instruction in the language and feel that you would not benefit from a basic beginners’ class, you should get in touch with our department at (704) 330-6914 in order to schedule a placement test. This test will establish whether your background is sufficient for a prerequisite permission allowing you to register for a higher level.

If you have studied the language at the college leveling a different institution, please call our department. We will need a copy of your transcript, showing that you passed the previous level with a grade of C or better. Permission will then be given based upon this policy.