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FOREIGN LANGUAGE PLACEMENT INFORMATION (last revised 2019-2020)

Students who have taken:

1.)        two years or less of the same foreign language in high school, or who have demonstrated a proficiency level of Novice Mid, should register for 105.

  • Students with two years may opt to take 106 if they feel overqualified for 105.

2.)        three years of the same foreign language in high school, or who have demonstrated a             proficiency level of Novice High, should register for 106.

  • Students with three years may opt to take 107 if they feel overqualified for 106.
  • Students with three years who do not feel ready for 106 may ONLY take 105 as an auditor/listener in that language or they can take the 105 level in another

3.)        four years of the same foreign language in high school, or who have demonstrated a             proficiency level of Intermediate Low, should register for 107.

  • Students with four years may opt to take 106 if they do not feel ready for 107 with the approval of the Placement Advisor.
  • Students with four years may opt to take the foreign language exemption exam to move on to the 200 level or to exempt from the Arts and Science Foreign Language Requirement.

4.)        Students who have studied the same language for more than four years or whose  proficiency level is Intermediate-Mid or higher are encouraged to take the foreign language exemption exam administered by the Placement Advisor.

5.)        IMPORTANT:

  1. Do not count language study in junior high school (before 9th grade)
  2. Do not count the years in high school in which a student received D’s or F’s.
  3. Students may not advance beyond the 107 level without passing the exemption exam or obtaining AP credit.

Please inform students that the computer will block them from registering for a 100-level language course for which they are overqualified (example: Taking SPAN 105 after having had 3 or 4 years of Spanish in high school.)

 

Students should be directed to contact the Foreign Language Placement Advisor:

1.)        if they have any questions or concerns about their placement.

2.)        if they are seeking an exemption from the College of Arts and Science foreign language requirement and/or wish to take language courses at the 200-level (normally applies only to students who have proficiency in a language other than English).

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Students cannot skip from 105 to 107 without taking 106.  Students may only move up one level.  (ie. from 105 to 106 and from 106 to 107).  Students may not advance beyond the 107 level without passing the exemption exam or obtaining AP credit.
  • 100-level language courses (and Latin and Greek 201 and 202) cannot be taken on a pass/fail basis if the courses are being used to satisfy a requirement or as the immediate prerequisite of a course used to satisfy a requirement.
  • Placement guidelines are different for Latin, Ancient Greek and Hebrew.  See next page.

In Latin, students who have taken:

1.)        less than two years of Latin in high school (or two years in 9th and 10th grades only) should take 101.

2.)        two years of Latin in high school should take 102.

3.)        three years of Latin in high school should take 201

  • Four or more years of Latin should take 202.

In Ancient Greek, students who have taken:

1.)        less than one year of Ancient Greek in high school should take GREK 101.

2.)        one year of Ancient Greek in high school should take GREK 102.

3.)        two years of Ancient Greek in high school should take GREK 201.

  • Three years of Ancient Greek should take GREK 202.

 For Hebrew — The following guidelines cover 1-12 years of Hebrew Day School education:

1-6 years (1st to 6th grade):

Entering Hebrew 105

7-8 years (7th and 8th grades):

Entering Hebrew 106

9-10 years (2 years of high school):

Entering Hebrew 107

11-12 years (4 years of high school):

Must take 107 exemption exam, or, may talk to the professor about entering a higher level.

Comments regarding Hebrew Placement:(1) Please note that the professor reserves the right to administer placement exams when there is a need to do so.  The professor is also open to questions or concerns by the students.

(2) Any student who has lived in Israel MUST be individually evaluated by the professor to determine their level.

 

Q.  Can I get foreign language credit for American Sign Language courses taken at another university?

 A. American sign language courses are not accepted to complete the foreign language requirement at the University of Delaware nor are they considered a foreign language.  Since these courses are no longer taught at UD there are no specific UD equivalents, these courses only count as LING166T elective credits towards graduation.  Any questions about how these credits will fit into your graduation plan, please contact Brian Posthauer (bpost@udel.edu) in the Registrar's Office and he will help to answer your questions. 

FLL Language Course Sequences
ELEMENTARY TO INTERMEDIATE LEVEL LANGUAGE SEQUENCES

2017-2018

Arabic-Chinese-French-German- Hebrew-Italian-Japanese-Latin-Russian-Spanish

 

The following are four-credit courses:

105 – Arabic I, Chinese I, French I, German I, Hebrew I, Italian I, Japanese I, Russian I, Spanish I, (Elementary)

An introduction to the language and the development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills through the use of basic texts.

106 – Arabic II, Chinese II, French II, German II, Hebrew II, Italian II, Japanese II, Russian II, Spanish II, (Elementary/Intermediate)

Completion of basic Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish grammar and increasing mastery of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills.

107– Arabic III, Chinese III, French III, German III, Hebrew III, Italian III, Japanese III, Russian III, Spanish III, (Intermediate)

Review of grammar, continued practice in speaking, listening, and writing; reading texts of average difficulty.

The following are three-credit courses:

LATN 101 – Elementary Latin I

LATN 102 – Elementary Latin II

LATN 201 – Intermediate Latin I

LATN 202 – Intermediate Latin II

GREK 101 – Elementary Ancient Greek I

GREK 102 – Elementary Ancient Greek  II

GREK 201 – Intermediate Greek I

GREK 202 – Intermediate Greek II

NOTE: Completion of ARAB, CHIN, FREN, GRMN, HEBR, ITAL, JAPN, RUSS, or SPAN 107 or Latin 202 or GREK 202, Satisfies the Arts and Science foreign language requirement. Students with superior background in one of these languages may opt to take the exemption exam administered by the Placement Advisor.  Those who pass the exam are exempted from the Arts & Sciences foreign language requirement and may enroll in more advanced courses if they wish.

 

FL Exemption Exam

(This is not a placement exam / see placement information)

Students who have studied a language for four or more years and  who have excelled academically, or those who have some native-speaker ability or study abroad experience, may wish to take the exemption exam (only for Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish).  Passing the exemption exam yields no credit; however, it does exempt students from their foreign language requirement in the College of Arts and Science.  Passing the exam also enables students to advance to the 200-level if they wish.  PLEASE NOTE – Students may not advance beyond the 107 level without passing the exemption exam or obtaining AP credit.

The exemption exam can be taken only once.  It cannot be taken once the student has begun or completed 105, 106, or 107.

Students who demonstrate proficiency (in reading, writing, speaking, and comprehending) in languages other than those listed above should contact the Foreign Language Placement Advisor to discuss their exemption.

Exemption exams are offered by appointment or during the placement advisor’s office hours throughout the year.

Since space is limited, students interested in taking the exam should contact the Placement Advisor by email (cristaj@udel.edu) to schedule an appointment.  The appointment should be scheduled a minimum of 48 hours in advance of the desired test date.

Please email or call the placement advisor to schedule appointments or to ask questions about this exam or other placement issues at:

Crista Johnson, Foreign Language Placement Advisor

#320 Jastak-Burgess Hall

831-4667

cristaj@udel.edu

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