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Language Placement

Guidelines for Language Placement 2020-21

Students, if you have questions about your placement into classes, view the following document for guidance: MCL Language Placement Guidelines 2020/21 

EXPERIENCED SPEAKERS OF A LANGUAGE: First-year courses in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages are designed for students with minimal or no previous exposure to the target language.  Students enrolling in second-year courses should have no more than foundational knowledge, equivalent to the first year.  Students having previous experience with the language - such as attending a junior high school, high school, community or technical college, or university in which the language in question was the primary language of instruction - may be required to begin study at a more appropriate level, if available.  The decision will be left to the discretion of the instructor and the Language department.

If a student feels the level of placement is inappropriate, help from the instructor should be sought early in the quarter.  Every effort will be made to place a student in the appropriate level.  Students with unusual cases (extended stays in a foreign country, bilingual background, etc.) should always seek the advice of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages in correct placement.