Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I heard that the Language Center provides writing support for non-native speakers of English. Where can I sign up for sessions?

Please visit the EAP Writing Support Program for further information.

Q: Do you offer English courses for non-GW students?

Our EAP (English for Academic Purposes) courses are primarily for enrolled GW students, but some graduate courses accept non-degree students. Please contact the Office of Non-Degree Students and Professor Megan Sizcek if you are interested.

Q: Do you offer individualized educational programs for international students?

No, we only offer EAP (English for Academic Purposes) courses and tutorials for enrolled GW students.

Q: Does GW have conditional acceptance for international students?

Pease visit GW's Admissions Office for various rules on international students.

Q: Do you offer one-on-one tutoring in foreign languages?

LC foreign language tutors provide tutoring to GWU students in the majority of the foreign languages taught in the university. The service is free of charge and is offered at the Language Center Resource Lab (Phillips 210B) on a walk-in basis (the weekly schedule is available here). The tutor will spend a maximum of about 20 to 30 minutes with each student.

Q: My professor told me to use Audacity/Garage Band and iTunes for my homework. Where can I learn about them?

You can learn about them from this site. You can also come to the Language Center Resource Lab (Phillips 210B) and speak with a tutor who is on duty.

Q: I am supposed to view a Language Center video for my language class. Where is it?

Most likely, your professor has the video on his/her Blackboard page, either in the announcement section or in the "files". The Language Center provides a "Virtual Media Room" page to each professor requesting the service. You can view a video placed on a Virtual Media Room page from anywhere on or off campus provided you follow the instructions at the bottom of the page carefully.

Q: I clicked on the link to a movie, but nothing happened.

All movie links have been tested before being placed on the homepage. If you cannot access a movie or audio file, it is usually because (1) you have not downloaded QuickTime, (2) failed to authenticate (off campus), or (3) the connection speed is slow (off campus). If you cannot solve the problem, please come to the Language Center Resource Lab (Phillips 210B) or go to a campus Computer Lab.

Q: I am a GW alumnus. Can I take a GW language course?

Contact the Office of Alumni Relations and one of the following language departments offering the language you want to study:

Q: Do you know if GW recognizes AP/IB credits?

Please consult the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Q: I want to take a language placement test. What should I do?

Please click here for more information on language placement tests.

Q: I tried to take the Spanish placement test with my Quia username and password, but I got the message that I did not have access to the test. What am I doing wrong?

There are three possibilities:

  • You set up your account correctly, but you did not sign up for the class for taking the test. Go back to your account information page and paste the class code PTXX738 at the prompt.
  • You used your username and password for your Quia book. Go back to the Spanish Placement test homepage and follow the instructions.
  • You set up a  trial account for an instructor instead of a student account. Go back to the Spanish Placement test homepage and follow the instructions.

Q: I am an undergraduate student in CCAS. What are my foreign language requirements?

Consult the following departmental web sites:

Q: How can I get credit for language courses I took while abroad?

For a language offered at GW, consult the web site of the appropriate department:

For languages currently not offered at GW, please contact Cameron Ertley at cklem@gwu.edu or 202-994-6210.

Q: What documents do I need to get credit for language courses I took while abroad?

Bring as much proof as possible that it was an academically demanding, officially structured course. For example: the syllabus, transcripts, completion certificates, term papers, and assignments.

Q: I want to have my language requirement waived. What should I do?

Consult the web site of the appropriate department:

Q: I am an incoming graduate student from a non-English-speaking country. How can I sign up for the EAP (English for Academic Purposes) placement test?

Please check the English for Academic Purposes website for the most up-to-date information.

Q: I am a graduate student in CCAS. How can I sign up for a tool exam?

Please visit the CCAS Foreign Language Tools Exam page for more information on exams.

Q: I am a graduate student in the Elliott School. How can I sign up for the Elliott School foreign language diagnostic or proficiency exam?

Consult your Elliott School advisor for the date and other information.

Q: Who can borrow equipment or media material from the Language Center?

Only a faculty or staff member of the Language Center Blackboard Community can borrow equipment or media material. The Blackboard Language Center Community page can be found at the bottom of your Blackboard account homepage. If you do not see it at the bottom of your Blackboard account homepage, then you need to be added to the Community. In order to be added, please contact your language department's secretary and request to be added to the Language Center Blackboard Community. Once you become a member, you can use one of the online reservation/request forms through your Language Center Blackboard account to make a reservation.

Q: I am a language professor at GW. How can I borrow equipment or media material from the Langauge Center?

Requests can be placed through the Blackboard Language Center Community page which can be found at the bottom of your Blackboard account homepage. If you do not see it at the bottom of your Blackboard account homepage, then you need to be added to the Community. In order to be added, please contact your language department's secretary and request to be added to the Language Center Blackboard Community. Once you become a member, you can use one of the online reservation/request forms through your Language Center Blackboard account to make a reservation.

Q: I am a language professor at GW. How can I book a Language Center classroom?

Requests can be placed through the Blackboard Language Center Community page which can be found at the bottom of your Blackboard account homepage. If you do not see it at the bottom of your Blackboard account homepage, then you need to be added to the Community. In order to be added, please contact your language department's secretary and request to be added to the Language Center Blackboard Community. Once you become a member, you can use one of the online reservation/request forms through your Language Center Blackboard account to make a reservation.