At UI, our curricula are structured according to class needs. We do not use tests or grades in our format. Students come because they want to learn another language and culture; our teachers teach because they want to share their language and culture.
Our class structure follows the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The CEFR is a language-neutral guideline used to describe the achievements of any foreign language learners at different stages of their learning. Described below are the CEFR’s 6 broad levels of ability and what learners can do across 5 language skills; spoken interaction, spoken production, listening, reading, and writing.
A1-Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
A2– Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment, and matters in areas of immediate need.
B1– Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
B2– Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
C1– Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
C2– Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.
Don’t know which class you should be in? Look at the language self-assessment table, available in your native language, to find out.
Average number of hours it takes to reach a B2 level in a language as a native English speaker- Chart
2022 Fall Semester Classes– In-Person and Online Options are available.
All language classes offered by Upstate International for the current term are available through the link below. Those on our email list will receive notice as soon as the upcoming schedule is posted. To be added to our email list, complete the form at the bottom of this page.
Registration is Open – Sign Up Now – Classes Begin the Week of September 12, 2022
Participation requires membership with Upstate International. The support of our members allows us to keep our classes affordable!
Language class fees may be paid by credit or debit card online, or by check at our office between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Classes are generally $90 per 10-hour term, $105 per 12-hour term and $130 per 15-hour term (or approximately $8.75/hour.) Intensive classes are $385 for a 12-week term, $320 for a 10-week term, or $265 for an 8-week term. For specific pricing details, visit our registration page by clicking the button below. Please note, all students must be members of Upstate International.
When is the registration deadline?
Register as soon as possible. We ask students to register prior to the start of the first class since we must have a minimum number of students to offer the class. If the minimum number is not reached before the class starts, the class may be cancelled. Also, if a class reaches the maximum number, slots are given on a ‘first come first serve’ basis, which means a student who is not registered may not be able to take the class.
Students who register in advance are given priority. If there is space available, you may register and give your instructor a check covering your registration fees no later than the first day of class.
What if I realize my skills are too advanced or not advanced enough for the class I’m in?
Students are welcome to switch to a different class if space is available. Please let the teacher as well as the Upstate International office know which class you would like to switch to, and we can arrange it. If the level needed is not offered, we will credit you for a class in the following semester. You can reach the Upstate International office by sending an email to [email protected].
May I join a class after the session has already started?
Yes, students may join a class at any time if there is still space in the class, teacher agreement, and if they are able to keep up with the class level. Of course, if you join a class late, you may need to study a little more to catch up with the class. Please note that if you join during the middle of a session fees may not always be prorated.
What is the refund policy?
Membership in Upstate International is in essence a charitable contribution and thus is not refundable. Class fees are not refundable but can be transferred to another class or person before starting the class session. The only exception to this policy is if you register in advance for a class that does not meet minimum enrollment and is therefore cancelled. We will issue you a refund in this scenario.
What is your winter weather policy?
In the event of dangerous winter weather, Upstate International follows the practice of the Greenville County School District in determining whether to close. Thus, if schools are closed, Upstate International is closed and classes are cancelled. If a weather situation develops during the day, Upstate International will attempt to notify students of schedule changes. If in doubt, follow the Greenville County school closings.
What if my class falls on a holiday?
Generally we do not hold classes on federal holidays. Please ask your teacher about your class’s particular schedule. Classes may be made up by extending class times or rescheduling to a different day, based on the discretion of the teachers.
Become a Language Teacher
Upstate International is always looking for great volunteer language teachers. The only requirements are that you are a native speaker with a passion for sharing your language and culture with others, and that you are dedicated to providing a quality learning experience for your students.
We are always considering talented teachers in any language, so please contact Linley Crocker at 864-631-2188 if you are interested and available weekday mornings, afternoons or evenings!
Language Teacher FAQs
I’ve never been a teacher before. Can I still teach at Upstate International?
Absolutely. All you need is to be a speaker who has mastery over the language and has a desire to share with others your language and culture. UI will help you assess your ability to lead others in language learning.
How much time will it require?
Our language classes are 60 or 90 minutes long and last for eight weeks. We suggest that for every hour of classroom time you take an hour to prepare. Using these guidelines, a regular 60-minute language class should take about 16 hours of your time or two hours a week over eight weeks.
What are the benefits of being a language teacher at Upstate International?
Our language class teachers for weekly group lessons that last 1 hr. and 15 mins. are volunteers, however, there are several benefits to teaching at Upstate International, including:
- Free individual membership to Upstate International (a $50 value.)
- Make new friends and enjoy sharing your native culture and language with others.
- Free enrollment in any of our regular language classes while you are teaching.
- Honorarium gift card to Amazon, Publix, Walmart, or Lowes for each class you teach.
Intensive language class teachers, those who teach the twice weekly, longer sessions, are paid and also receive free membership at Upstate International. They do not receive a gift card. Paid teachers must legally qualify to work in the U.S.