Language Requirements at WKU
Two credits (or equivalent) of High School language in a single world language satisfies the WKU Proficiency requirement. Students who have taken one semester of a world language in high school have NOT fulfilled the world language requirement. They should discuss placement options with Academic Advising and Retention or the Modern Languages department.
Students can fulfill the world language requirement by completing with a grade of “C” or better 101 and 102 of one (1) of the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.
These languages offer full semester beginning courses, and may sometimes also bi-term courses. The bi-term format means you enroll 101 for the 1st half of the semester and 102 for the 2nd half of the semester. These courses meet daily and allow you to complete a full year of language in a single semester.
101 Targeted Proficiency Level upon completion: Novice Mid
• I can understand some everyday words, phrases and questions about me, my personal experiences, and my surroundings.
• I can understand familiar words, phrases, and simple sentences.
• I can interact with help, using words, phrases and memorized expressions.
• I can answer simple questions on very familiar topics.
• I can provide basic information about myself and my intermediate surroundings, using words, phrases, and memorized expressions.
• I can provide some basic information on familiar topics in lists, phrases, often using memorized expressions.
102 Targeted Proficiency Level upon completion: Novice High
• I can understand some ideas about familiar topics expressed in phrases, simple sentences, and frequently used expressions.
• I can understand the main idea in short conversations, messages, and announcements.
• I can understand some ideas from simple texts that contain familiar vocabulary.
• I can exchange information about familiar tasks, topics, and activities.
• I can handle short social interactions using phrases and simple sentences.
• I can write descriptions and short messages to request or provide information on familiar topics using phrases and simple sentences.
Students can fulfill the world language requirement by passing one of the following exams.
AP Exam: Students can fulfill the world language requirement by achieving a 3 or better on the AP exam.
STAMP Test: Students can fulfill the world language requirement by achieving a 3 or better on the STAMP test. Results are valid for one (1) year.
CLEP: Students may fulfill the language requirement by achieving a score of 50-57 on this exam. Click here to learn more about minimum scores and reporting requirements.
Departmental Exam: Students may fulfill the language requirement by passing the departmental exam. Click here for more information about the departmental exam.
International students from non-English speaking countries can receive a waiver from the International Student Office.
Submit passing test scores on any of the exams described in “Credit by Exam.”
Provide evidence of the completion of the 8th grade, or equivalent, or higher in which the primary language of instruction was not English. Complete the second page of this waiver form and submit for review and potential approval.
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