Language Courses and COVID-19
August 2022 COVID-19 update
With the highest rates of COVID infections on record, classes in the coming semester, starting in Septmber, will be online. If the situation changes, the language education section will switch to in-person classes. If you are unsure about how to join your online class, please contact your teacher or send the langauge education section an email.
Zoom guidelines for language courses
All participants in a Zoom lesson must use headphones. You may not use your device’s native audio output, as it causes feedback for the other participants. We also strongly recommend using a microphone or headset instead of your device’s native microphone.
Choose an appropriate location
Participants in a Zoom lesson should be mindful of their surroundings and try to choose a location which is quiet and free from distractions to the other participants.
Try to stay away from other students
When you and another student use Zoom close to each other, it causes feedback for the other participants. Please sit in a different room from other students.
Alternatively, you and one other student can join using the same Zoom account or zoom enabled meeting room. Be sure to wear masks and maintain social distancing as much as you can.
Mute your microphone when not speaking
When you are wearing headphones, it’s difficult to hear what’s going on around you. But your microphone picks it up! Use push-to-talk or mute your microphone when it's not your turn to speak.
Participants in a Zoom lesson may not record the lesson using Zoom, their computer’s native recording software or any other recording hardware or software. Refrain from making recordings.
Participate actively in the lessons
Taking a language course does not mean only listening to the teacher. You must be prepared to practice what you learned in the group session, in breakout rooms, and by completing your homework.