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   Foreign Language Placement

All students are expected to enroll in courses at the highest level appropriate to their prior experience. Advisors in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures invite any and all queries related to placement. Please review the per unit placement guidelines herein, as well as within specific course descriptions. Some exceptions may be granted in cases of a lapse of 4-5 years. For information about language departments, see www.languages.umd.edu/

NOTE: If you have taken an advanced placement exam in a foreign language contact the appropriate department to determine at which course level you should enroll.

ARAB:

Contact Dr. Alaa Elgibali: elgibali@umd.edu

French Department

Students who wish to register for FREN 101-203 must do so in accordance with the guidelines below. Exceptions may be granted only by written permission of the course chairperson. A student whose knowledge of French as deemed by the course chair person to be above the level of the course requested by the student may not take that course except on an audit basis. The French Department does not offer placement testing. For further assistance please contact the Language Supervisor at 301-405-4024.

Placement Guidelines:

  • French 101: For students who have never studied French or who have studied less than two years in high school
  • French 102: For students who have completed FREN 101 on this campus.
  • French 103: For students with two years of high school French. This is a review of work normally completed by the end of Level 2. Students will not receive credit for FREN 103 if they have already received credit for FREN 102.
  • French 203: For students whose high school transcript shows completion of Level 3.

Spanish Department

Students who wish to register for Spanish 101- 211 must do so in accordance with the guidelines below. Any exception necessitates permission from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Students must present their high school transcript for proper placement on the first day of class if they wish to enroll in SPAN 101, 102, 103, 201 or 202. See individual course description for more details.

A student whose knowledge of Spanish as deemed by the undergraduate advisor or the course chairperson to be above the level of the course requested by the student may not take that course except on an audit basis. Students who have taken the equivalent of 201 at another institution, are deemed to have satisfied the language requirement for Arts and Humanities.

Students will not receive credit for SPAN 103 if they already have credit for Spanish 102. When a student receives credit for any course above 102, he/she will not receive credit for any course, which precedes it if it is in the same sequence. For example, if a student has credit for SPAN 311 (Advanced Conversation), he/she may not receive credit for SPAN 211 (Intermediate Conversation), if taken subsequently.

Consult the Placement List below to determine the appropriate Spanish level you may register for. Please consult the Department Advisor for additional information.

  • Spanish 101: 0 years of Spanish; Level 1 Spanish; Level 2 Spanish with a grade of C or below
  • Spanish 102: Spanish 101 at the University of Maryland or equivalent course at another university; Level 2 Spanish with a grade of A or B (preferable placement is SPAN 103)
  • Spanish 103: Level 2 Spanish with a grade of A or B; Level 3 Spanish with a grade of C or below; Native speakers or majors of another romance language
  • Spanish 201: Spanish 102 or 103 at the University of Maryland or equivalent course(s) at another university; Level 3 Spanish with a grade of A or B; Level 4 Spanish with a grade of C or below
  • Spanish 202 or 211: Spanish 201 at the University of Maryland or equivalent course(s) at another institution; Level 4 Spanish or higher with a grade of A or B
  • Spanish 206: For students who speak Spanish (e.g. have grown up speaking Spanish, have lived in a Spanish speaking country) but have little or no formal courses in Spanish
  • Spanish 207: Spanish 202 or concurrent registration in Spanish 202

Chinese Placement

Non-majors are required to have an interview with the program placement advisor (Ms. Jung Jung Lee or Mr. David Branner), before they will be permitted to enroll for any Chinese language course (except CHIN 213, 313, 314, 315, 403, 404, 421 and 422.)

German and Spanish Placement Schedule

During the semester there will be placement testing in Room 0106, Shoemaker Building. Bring a picture I.D. in order to be admitted. All other times call Dr. Adelstein 301-314-7688 for an appointment.

Testing for Fall 2001: Tuesday, August 28, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. and Wednesday, September 5, 2001 at 3:00 p.m.


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