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Department of Modern Languages: Language Programs

Graduate Studies

M. A in Education 

Reading Examination for Graduate Students


M. A. In Education

Degree programs leading to an M. A. in Education with a minor (12-15 hours of graduate coursework) in French, German, and Spanish are available.

In addition to meeting Graduate Studies requirements for admission, a student applying to a program involving teacher certification must meet the prior certification requirements for that specific program.

A minimum of 30 hours of graduate level coursework (or 24 hours plus thesis) is required, with no more than 12 hours of 400G-level coursework allowed. All students pursing this degree must complete Education 500 Research Methods and meet coursework requirements for any certification being pursued.

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Reading Examination for Graduate Students

General Information for Graduate Students Seeking to Fulfill Program Requirements in Foreign Languages

Process for scheduling department reading examinations.

Graduate students who must prove proficiency in a second language for their program requirements may schedule a department reading examination with the appropriate faculty member of the Department of Modern Languages:

French: Dr. Karin Egloff, 274 FAC, 745-5905
German: Dr. Laura McGee, 270 FAC, 745-2401
Spanish: Dr. Sonia Lenk, 243 FAC, 745-5906
Arabic: Dr. David DiMeo, 276 FAC, 745-6408
Chinese: Dr. Ke Peng, 163 FAC, 745-5694
Other: Department Head, 251 FAC, 745-2401

Early in the semester preceding the one in which he/she intends to take the examination, the student must contact the faculty member named above for advice on how to prepare for the examination and guidance on the level of proficiency required to pass it successfully. The exam will require the translation of one or more selections from a book or journal article that is related to the student's field. The student may also be asked to provide a brief summary of the passage translated in order to demonstrate his/her comprehension of it or to translate brief texts that illustrate certain grammar structures.

Several weeks in advance of the examination, the student must pick up the appropriate forms from the Graduate College or the Department of Modern Languages and obtain the signatures of the Head and the Dean authorizing him/her to take the examination. In consultation with the appropriate faculty member the examinations will be given no later than the third week of classes of the fall and spring semesters and by special arrangement during the summer.


Description of the examination

The student has two hours in which to complete the examination. The Modern Languages test administrator will select passages for the student to translate from the text agreed upon earlier or from a journal article and may include a short section testing knowledge of grammar and structures. The student may use a dictionary.


Expected level of proficiency

Generally, the examination will test the student's ability to read a text at the second year level of university proficiency. This level is described by ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) guidelines as Intermediate Mid. In respect to this examination, this means the ability to read, understand, and translate texts on familiar topics that use appropriate vocabulary and grammar structures within the context of the content area addressed.


Preparation for the test

Students should have a strong general foundation in the foreign language. We suggest at least the equivalent of the first three semesters of college language instruction. (More may be necessary in the less commonly taught languages like Russian, Chinese, Arabic and Japanese.) Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in Modern Language courses as regular students or auditors to prepare for this examination. They can also work with tutors (names available from the Department of Modern Languages) and may consult the Modern Language faculty for suggestions for self-help materials.

Access the application to take the examination here:

Last reviewed 05/15

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