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World Languages Placement

 

WHAT LANGUAGES ARE OFFERED?

Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Spanish

WHAT LANGUAGES ARE OFFERED FOR THE EXAMS?

The online placement is offered in French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

The STAMP Test is offered in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.

For students who need to test in languages not offered above they may utilize the ACTFL Oral and Written test.  The website is www.languagetesting.com and the test can be proctored by the World Language Department.  These are for native speakers of languages not offered by the other options.

WHAT IS THE WORLD LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT?

Beginning in Fall 2011, Southern students will be required to reach an Intermediate Low Proficiency level in a foreign language by completing the third level of a foreign language or demonstrate knowledge via a STAMP test (Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency) or an equivalent.

Students admitted prior to Fall 2011 are required to take at least three credits in a foreign language as part of the general education requirements to prove a defined written and oral proficiency in a world language, a level II proficiency for students in a bachelor of science program and a level-IV proficiency for students in a bachelor of arts program.  Students can prove their proficiency by taking the world language placement and taking the appropriate courses or by taking the waiver exam. 

DO I NEED TO TAKE THE PLACEMENT/STAMP TEST?

Students admitted in Fall 2011 who have studied two years or more of a foreign language in high school must take the online placement prior to Orientation unless already proficient in a foreign language.  Students who are already proficient in a foreign language may take a STAMP test during the Fall and Spring semesters.  

Students with a certified language learning disability are provided substitution courses through the Disability Resource Center which may be contacted by calling 203.392.6829.

WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF THE PLACEMENT/STAMP TEST?

The placement is an online self-assessment tool to assist you in placing yourself in the appropriate World Language course.  You will be presented with individual concrete situations which you might encounter in the World Language of your choice and asked to reflect on your ability to comprehend or to produce language in the individual situation.  Occasionally, we provide examples to help clarify the situation or the expectation of your language production.  Always, we ask you to honestly assess your ability and choose one of the alternatives provided.

HOW DO I TAKE THE PLACEMENT/ STAMP TEST?

You can only take the world language placement once in a given foreign language. If you have studied several languages, you may take the exam in each language once.  You may not re-test.

Online Placement Instructions for Incoming Freshmen and Transfer students:

You will have 90-minutes to complete the placement with only one opportunity to take it. You may not stop and come back to it; you must complete it in one sitting. All devices (computers, smartphones, and handhelds) and browsers (Firefox, Safari, Chrome, etc) are compatible with the placement. However, while you can use smartphones and handhelds, it is highly recommended that you use a computer.

When you’re ready to take the placement make sure you have your Southern email address (i.e. acad1@owls.southernct.edu) and student ID number (8 digit number that begins with a 7) in front of you before beginning it. Simply click on the language you wish to take and begin.

Below are world language placement options that begin as soon as you click on the link, so please do not click a link until you are ready to begin.

STAMP test instructions:

Students can purchase the STAMP test in the SCSU Bookstore. Students must purchase the test at the cash register in the bookstore and bring the receipt to the World Language Department to be assigned a date and time to take the test.  Languages available are Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.  

 

 

If you have further questions regarding the World Language requirement or placement you may contact the Chairperson, Dr. Resha Cardone at cardoner1@southernct.edu.