Check your e-Mail for a Link
At the beginning of each term, all students receive an e-mail containing a link to their online courses. If you have not received a link, please contact our office.
This link is valid for the entire term. If you elect to take a bonus class, or switch courses, you'll be sent a new link.
Clicking on the Link
To join your class, click on the link you have received by e-mail. Experienced Zoom users can also enter class with the Meeting ID and Password noted in the e-mail.
Clicking on the link will take you to a web page which will ask you to either:
If you do not have Zoom, please take this opportunity to download and install the Zoom Client for Meetings program. It is safe to Run the installer. Once the Client is installed, you may need to click the link again to be taken to class.
If your class has not yet begun, please wait for your teacher to start it.
If your class has begun, your teacher will be signaled to admit you shortly.
Assuming the Zoom Client is on your device, clicking your class link will bring up a question about whether you want to join with video and/ or audio. We recommend both, for the most interactive experience.
You may be given a choice to "Join with Phone Audio" or "Join with Internet Audio." Please Join with Internet Audio.
On the pop-up that prompts for a meeting ID just before joining a call, leave the following settings unchecked:
Do Not Connect to Audio
Turn Off My Video
Some laptops have a physical webcam switch that must be enabled to allow the webcam to function properly. Double-check that yours is in the right position (if you have one).
Make sure that all other programs that use your webcam and microphone are closed. Zoom may not be able to use these devices if they are currently being accessed by a different application.
Sometimes, your webcam or microphone may be blocked by your operating system. You can correct this by checking your app permissiosn to make sure the Zoom app can use your webcam.
In Windows 11, type webcam in the Start Menu and click the Camera Privacy Settings link. From there, scroll down to Let desktop apps access your camera, and make sure that the toggle switch is On.
Enter webcam in the taskbar search box and select Choose Which Apps Can Access Your Camera from the menu. Scroll down, and you'll see the list of applications that are allowed to use your webcam. For non-Microsoft Store apps, like Zoom, you'll need to make sure the toggle for Allow Desktop Apps to Access Your Camera is switched to the On position. In the same way, you can also search for Microphone and choose Microphone Privacy Settings to do the same.
Open System Preferences and select Security and Privacy. Click the lock icon and enter your password to make changes. You can then click Camera from the sidebar and make sure Zoom is checked. You'll also want to make sure the box for the device's microphone is checked.
Test audio and video
You can test your audio and video in Zoom by clicking this link. Once open, you can join a test call on the Zoom application and follow the instructions on the screen.
If you have followed the above steps and cannot resolve the issue, please contact our office. Our IT team will be happy to help.
Copies of your Schedule, with Room numbers, were first sent out March 16th, with additional changes for Private and Make-up Classes sent later, as necessary. If you need another copy, please Contact the office.
We ask that you observe the following pointers, so that we can continue to serve our students to the best of our ability during this challenging time.
If you encounter issues, please close all open programs and start again at #2.
If continuing to teach a different Class in the same Room, please go back to Step 6.
Clearly there are those who have been successful using apps.
However, we have found that most students who are serious about learning a language do better in a live, online classroom setting with native-speaking teachers, using college-level texts.
Languages are about far more than tedious grammar rules and arcane vocabulary.
Languages are about people.
To quote journalist Flora Lewis, "Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things."
As such, learning a language requires context, cultural and otherwise, which, we would submit, a native speaker is best equipped to provide.
The best way to discover a new language is to immerse yourself in it. Listen to the way it sounds, concentrate on the pronunciation, and look at how it is written. Above all, speak it. By listening and repeating, you'll enter a new world of ideas and peoples. A word spoken between ten and 20 times is remembered more readily than a word seen 50 to one hundred times.
Being in the company of others who share your interest in a certain language and culture will reinforce your interest and motivation. Learning together, with shared commitment, creates a pleasant and exciting education experience. As we're often told, acquiring a language through immersion really does feel like magic!
Research has shown time and time again that motivation and the establishment of clear goals at the outset are the keys to a learner's progress.
Regularly scheduled classes
Accountability from your teacher and the class
Individual attention to your learning style
Interaction with teacher and classmates
Continuity of teaching method at all levels
Stay with your classmates as you progress
Amid the growing concern regarding COVID-19, the Beverly Hills Lingual Institute is committed to the safety of our students, teachers, and administrative staff. We are taking the necessary precautions to keep our team and our students safe while enabling our students to keep on learning and providing the language-learning experience that you've come to expect.
As of Monday, March 16th, 2020, ALL our courses will be held exclusively in interactive, online forums until further notice.
Office staff will be working from home and around the clock. They'll have complete access to teachers and students via phone, e-mail, and text.
Once things go back to normal, Online Courses will continue as an option, held simultaneously with our on-site courses.
The health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. Please reach out to our office if you have any questions or concerns. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.