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Foreign Language Proficiency

All students must demonstrate competency in a language other than English, equivalent to the minimal passing grade on the exit examination in a 213 course. For modern languages this level is defined in the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) proficiency guidelines as the Intermediate-Mid level for speaking, listening, reading, and writing. For Latin, this level is defined by the advanced progress indicators of the American Philological Association’s Standards for Classical Learning.

Entering first-year students may demonstrate competency by:

  • Completing one language in high school through the third level with a final grade of C or higher;
  • Scoring at least 600 on the CEEB Foreign Language Achievement test;
  • Scoring either a 4 or 5 on a foreign language or literature Advanced Placement exam (in addition, elective credit will also be rewarded, see the Advanced Placement Credits section of the Catalog);
  • Transferring credit for college- 46 PLAN OF STUDY level coursework through the intermediate level (in accordance with the terms created by College-sponsored articulation agreements);
  • CLEP (Registrar’s approval required);
  • The student may petition the Foreign Language and Literatures Department for independent examination of compentency; or
  • Completing language studies through VWC’s 111/112/213 course sequence.

Entering students with more than sixty (60) semester hours of collegiate work may demonstrate competency, if not satisfied in a way outlined above, by completing language studies through VWC’s 111/112 course sequence. Entering Adult Studies Program (ASP) students may demonstrate language competency, if not satisfied in a way outlined above, by:

  • Completing one language in high school through the second level with a final grade of C or higher; or
  • Completing language studies through VWC’s 105 course.

All students receive a foreign language placement based upon their transcripts and application file. Students may challenge their placement by contacting the Foreign Languages and Literatures department coordinator. The Foreign Languages and Literatures faculty urge students needing to take a language to enroll immediately in the designated course. If students choose not to enroll immediately, they must begin their language study within three semesters of entrance.

Please contact Mrs. Genai Hill, Director of Placement Reporting. 757.455.2127 or ghill@vwc.edu

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