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How can students schedule a lesson?

Scheduling a class with Ubuntu Talks is easy! Just follow these steps:

 

- Go to ubuntutalks.com and sign into your Ubuntu Talks account.

 

- Go to ubuntutalks.com/teachers, or click on the Learn tab at the top of the Ubuntu Talks

homepage to access our full instructor database.

 

- Find the instructor who is right for you! You can filter our instructors at the top of the screen

by the language they teach, their availability, gender, or their geographic location.

 

- Click the Book Now button when you’ve found the instructor you want to learn from. You can

choose to book a free trial session with an instructor, or purchase a lesson.

 

- Follow the on-screen prompts to choose the language you want to learn, as well as the number

of classes you want to pay for. Please note that if you are paying for more than one class, you will

need to click the + button to increase the number of classes you are buying and then the Update

Qty button to update this change in the system.

 

- Proceed to the payment screen and choose your preferred payment method. Once your

payment is processed, the website will show a confirmation page.

 

- Scroll down on the confirmation page and click the Schedule a Lesson Now button to schedule

your class(es) with your instructor! 

 

For detailed instructions on how to book a trial session, please see our other FAQs.

I have some experience with the language I’m interested in studying, but I want to get better. Can I take intermediate courses with Ubuntu Talks?

Ubuntu Talks offers language classes at multiple levels depending on the student’s experience. At the moment we are only offering Beginner level courses but check back soon for Intermediate and Advanced classes! Please email us at contactus@ubuntutalks.com if you have any questions. 


I’m traveling to a sub-Saharan country for tourism. I don’t want to take a full twenty-two class session but I do want basic knowledge of the language so I can get around easily. Do you have a class for me?

As of 2019, 56 million tourists travel to sub-Saharan Africa every year. Ubuntu Talks would love to help equip you as you prepare for your journey! We are currently developing a crash-course curriculum which would allow you to sit with an instructor for one, three-hour session to gain as much information as possible. For more information, please email us at contactus@ubuntutalks.com.

What are group classes?

Group classes are classes with three or more people. Group classes are scheduled separately from individual sessions. If you are interested in learning with your family, colleagues, or friends as a group, please email us at contactus@ubuntutalks.com.


Can my children take classes through Ubuntu Talks too?

Ubuntu Talks is pleased to present Ubuntu Talks Kids! This Kids program consists of fun and engaging sub-Saharan African language summer camps for children ages 6-17. For more information about our language offerings and class schedule, please go to ubuntutalks.com/kids.

What happens when I complete all twenty-two classes?

Ubuntu Talks uses the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), an internationally recognized standard that goes from Beginner (A1) to Advanced (C1) to chart student progress. When you complete twenty-two sixty-minute classes, fourteen ninety-minute classes, or eleven two-hour classes, you complete a language level and move to a new level in the CEFR system. At that point, we will award you with a certificate and encourage you to take the next level of classes in the language you are learning! 


How many classes can I take? How many classes should I take?

A full level of a language is twenty-two, sixty-minute classes. If you would rather take fewer classes, we also offer fourteen, ninety-minute classes and eleven, two-hour classes. Once you complete a level in a language, we encourage you to advance to the next level or explore a new sub-Saharan language!

When do you offer classes?

We offer classes anytime of day, anytime of the week! Every instructor has varying availability which is listed next to their introductory video, accessible from the Learn tab on the Ubuntu Talks website. We are actively hiring instructors with more flexible availabilities, so check back soon to see if your schedules match up!

What curriculum are you using?

Ubuntu Talks creates all our curriculum in-house based on standards used by the United States Peace Corps. This ensures quality across all the languages Ubuntu Talks offers, as well as clear expectations and goals for students, no matter which language they are taking.

Where can I find more information about the languages you offer?

If you are not familiar with sub-Saharan languages, we encourage you to click Explore Languages at the top of the Ubuntu Talks website and choose the language you want to know more about. Each language has a short description which mentions a few fun facts and where it is primarily spoken. 


What languages do you offer?

Currently, Ubuntu Talks offers courses in Amharic, Bemba, Chichewa, Chinyanja, Igbo, Kikuyu, Somali, Swahili, and Tonga. The Explore Languages tab at the top of the Ubuntu Talks website lists all the languages we hope to offer. We are actively hiring instructors to teach these other languages so check back soon to see new courses! 


Why learn sub-Saharan African languages?

It is often thought that sub-Saharan African countries are poor and underdeveloped, with few urban centers and expansive grasslands exclusively meant for safaris. In reality, over 1 billion people live in sub-Saharan Africa’s 48 countries. sub-Saharan African governments are more accountable now than they have been historically so the region has seen massive social, educational, and economic development in recent years. sub-Saharan African people come from rich cultures which emphasize poetry, music, and community. Whether you are interested in establishing a corporate office in a sub-Saharan African country, desire to travel to the continent and explore new places, hope to serve spiritual or physical needs, or simply want to learn a new language, Ubuntu Talks can equip you to speak confidently. 


What are free trials and how can students schedule them?

Trial sessions are thirty-minute classes that are free of cost and hosted in a group setting. Trial sessions allow students to get to know Ubuntu Talks instructors, and it allows instructors to give a brief demonstration of their teaching style. To book a trial session please follow the following steps: 

 

- Go to ubuntutalks.com and sign into your Ubuntu Talks account. 

- Go to ubuntutalks.com/online-classes, or click on the Groups tab on the left-hand side of the
Ubuntu Talks homepage.

- Choose the Group Trial Session that is right for you! You can pick a trial session based on time of
day and language preference.

- Click Book Trial Session.

- This will redirect you to the checkout page. Click Confirm Order. 
 
Your trial lesson is now booked!

 

Please note that each student is only allowed one trial session per instructor.

How do new students get started?

Getting started at Ubuntu Talks is simple! Just follow these steps:

 

- Register at ubuntutalks.com by creating a profile or logging in with your Google or Facebook

account. If you choose to create a profile, you will need to verify your account by clicking on a link

emailed to the email address you signed up with. 

 

- Login to your Ubuntu Talks account at ubuntutalks.com and navigate to your Dashboard.

 

- Navigate to Account Settings to set your time-zone, add your phone number, and select a profile

picture for your account. 

 

- Go to ubuntutalks.com/teachers to browse Ubuntu Talks’ instructors and their course offerings.

You can book a trial session or a class with any instructor whose availability works for your

schedule! 


Please see our other FAQs for details on how to schedule a class.

Can students schedule and view classes in their own time zones?

We recognize that our students come from all over the world so want to simplify the process of booking classes as much as possible! After you pay for a class with an instructor, you will need to actually schedule the class. Our scheduling calendar shows your instructor's availability in your time-zone to make the booking process easier for you!


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