The following are suggestions to help students and advisors know which FL course to sign up for initially (sign up for the course that best describes your current abilities). In most cases, students should consider speaking with a FL advisor if they believe that they can place into 2001 or above. Note that because courses are sequenced, students should take a FL their very first semester.
FL 1001: No previous language-learning experience all the way to the ability to say and write a few words/phrases.
FL 1002: Can say and write simple sentences in the present tense; can ask and answer simple questions.
FL 2001: Can speak and write in the present tense with relative ease and have an awareness of past-tense narration; can ask and answer questions related to daily life; can manage a simple conversation, albeit with difficulty.
FL 2002: Can speak in the present tense with ease and can successfully attempt some past-tense narration; can confidently ask and answer questions related to daily life; can conduct a simple conversation with relative ease.
FL 3000-level: Can narrate completely (beginning, middle, end) an experience in the past, although perhaps with grammatical errors and lexical gaps.
Note: You may place out of 1001, 1002, 1060, 2001, 2002, or 2060 and still get credit for them. If you have taken a language previously, you should attempt to take the course that best fits your current abilities—you do not need to and should not start in 1001, if you don’t need to. If you take a higher course and receive a C or better, you may petition to get credit for the lower courses through Proficiency by Examination. Please talk to the Department of Foreign Languages’ staff for more information.
Last updated: 5/28/2013