American Culture & Conversation
AC&C FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What exactly is American Culture & Conversation (AC&C) Class?
The American Culture & Conversation Class is an 8-week series (6 weeks in summer) of group sessions designed for international students and scholars to learn more about American culture while also improving their English language conversation skills. AC&C will cover topics such as: slang, idioms, UCLA traditions, social and professional etiquette, romantic relationships, travel, US Holidays, American sports, and more! The main objective of AC&C is to help students and scholars integrate more quickly into US and UCLA life by understanding American culture and its' components. Improving students' English conversation skills is equally important, which will come easily through AC&C because of the variety of teaching materials used -- videos, songs, games, debate, etc.

Is AC&C an ESL (English as a Second Language) course?
No, AC&C is not an English as a Second Language (ESL) course. AC&C focuses on improving conversation skills while learning about American culture, whereas an ESL course focuses heavily on grammar and vocabulary. While you will learn new vocabulary and grammar, this is NOT the primary objective of the class. If you are looking to improve your grammar, please enroll in an ESL course instead of AC&C – there are many classes available through UCLA Extension, Kaplan, Santa Monica College, etc.

What is the exact schedule of the classes?
The current quarter’s schedule will be posted one week prior to the start of classes. Please see the "Schedule/Registration" webpage for more information on the class schedule.

When do classes start?
Classes always start Week 2 of the UCLA academic quarter (Fall – Spring) and Week 1 during Summer Session A.

How do I know which level I should sign up for?
There are two levels of classes during the Fall – Spring Quarters: Advanced and Intermediate. You will need to determine which level you feel works best for you, levels are self-assessed.

Advanced Level: This level class is for people who have a relatively high level of English, who occasionally struggle to find the right word or use the correct grammar.

Intermediate Level: This level class is for people who have a good level of English, who regularly struggle to find the right word or use the correct grammar.

General Level: During Summer Session A all classes offered are “General” level, which means we don’t ask for students to distinguish between their language level. We don’t differentiate language levels in the Summer because we offer less courses.

How many people are in the classes?
The classes range from 5 people – 20 people. It depends on the time of year, the time of the class, etc.

How much do the classes cost?
Classes are FREE for UCLA students, and UCLA Extension students. Anyone who is not classified in any of those two categories will need to pay $25 per AC&C course.

How do I add a class?
You can add a class by going to the Dashew Center website and logging into your Dashew Center Account by clicking “Sign In” in the top right corner of the screen. Once you are logged in, click on “My Account” on the top right corner of the screen. Then on the left side of the screen you will see a list of programs, please click on “AC&C Registration”. Once you are in the AC&C section, you can review the class schedule and when you are ready to enroll, click on “Add Course”.

How do I drop a class?
You can drop a class by going to the Dashew Center website and logging into your Dashew Center Account by clicking “Sign In” in the top right corner of the screen. Once you are logged in, click on “My Account” on the top right corner of the screen. Then on the left side of the screen you will see a list of programs, please click on “AC&C Registration”. Once you are in the AC&C section, you can review your enrollments by clicking on “My Registrations”, then you can “Drop” the class you don’t want. If you are not a UCLA student and you paid $25 to enroll, please first drop the class using the instructions above AND also make sure you email intlprograms@saonet.ucla.edu to request a refund of the $25 fee. The refund is not automatic when you drop a class.

How do I change my class?
In order to change your class, you will need to DROP the class you are currently enrolled in and then ADD the class you want to enroll in. Please follow the instructions above in the “How do I add a class” and “How do I drop a class” section. If you are not a UCLA student and you paid $25 for your class, when you drop the class, the system will give you a $25 credit, which will be automatically applied when you register for the new class.

I don’t know which class I want to be in, can I attend multiple classes the first week and then decide?
You are ONLY allowed to attend the class that you are registered for. If you are not on the class roster, you will be kindly asked to leave the class. This rule is in place for the sake of the instructors and students so that classes can run efficiently and instructors can plan accordingly.

Since I’m not a UCLA student I had to pay $25 for the course; does that mean I have to pay $25 each week? Or is the entire AC&C course just $25?
The ENTIRE AC&C course is $25, which includes eight weeks of AC&C lessons (or 6 weeks during Summer Session A)! The only time you will have to pay more than $25 is if you enroll in additional courses.

Are there any additional fees I should know about?
For students, there is a $25 absence fee that will be charged to their Bruin Bill account if they miss 3 or more classes over the 8 week AC&C course during the Fall – Spring Quarters or if they miss 2 or more classes during the 6 week Summer Session A course. This rule is in place because we are offering the class to students for free; therefore, we have to keep everyone accountable who has registered for a space in the classes, which in turn, takes away the opportunity for others to enroll in the class.

Where are the classes?
All classes take place in Bradley International Hall rooms 300C and 300D. They are located on the third floor of Bradley International Hall (which is located on the corner of Strathmore Drive and Gayley Avenue).

Can my spouse sign up for a class?
Yes! Spouses are welcome to attend AC&C classes however; they must create their OWN Dashew Center account and register for the AC&C class under THEIR name. If you register a spouse under your name, they will not be allowed in the classroom, only the people who are on the roster, are allowed in the class. ANYONE is eligible for a UCLA logon ID and a Dashew Center account. If you need help creating an account for your spouse please email intlprograms@saonet.ucla.edu.

Can my child sign up for a class?
You must be 18 or older in order to attend AC&C classes. No one under the age of 18 is allowed in the class unless they are a UCLA registered student. If your child is older than 18 years old they are welcome to attend the class, but they must create their OWN Dashew Center account and register for the AC&C class under THEIR own name. If you register a child under your name, they will not be allowed in the classroom, only the people who are on the roster, are allowed in the class.

I took AC&C last quarter and I really liked it but I’m not sure if I should take it again because I think the content will be exactly the same. Is it?
You should definitely enroll again! Although many of the topics will be the same as the previous quarters, you will have a new instructor, new classmates, new media homework and also, the conversation that happens can be dramatically different to the previous quarter because there are new perspectives, new videos to watch, etc.

Do you offer AC&C in the summer?
Yes, we offer AC & C during Summer Session A.

Do I get academic credit for these classes?
Unfortunately no, the AC&C program is not a UCLA accredited program so we are not able to offer academic credit for the AC&C courses.

Do I get a certificate that I can take to my home university to prove I took English classes?
Unfortunately no, because the AC&C program is not a UCLA accredited program we are unable to offer any official certifications on behalf of the university.

Who can I contact to ask more questions?
Please feel free to contact the Dashew Center Programming Department at intlprograms@saonet.ucla.edu or call (310) 825-1681 if you have any further questions!




Fall Quarter 2017
Important Dates
Friday September 8th – Registration Opens
Monday, October 9th – Classes Begin
Friday, October 20th at 4 pm– Last day to add/drop



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Registration Opens
September 8th



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