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Placement in Language Courses

Submitted by fapisico on Wed, 05/02/2018 - 6:43pm

If you have prior knowledge of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish, including more than high school matriculation in any these languages, or are a graduate of a bilingual or immersion program, you must consult with the School (program appropriate undergraduate advisor) in order to be assessed and placed in the course(s) that correspond to your ability in the language(s) you wish to study.

Enrolment in language courses in Arabic, Chinese and several other programs involves a formal assessment and placement process. See the drop down menus below for specific details regarding placement for each program/language area.

More information can also be found on each of the undergraduate program information pages, under the section titled "Courses offered". Click on the language areas listed below to access.

Arabic       

Chinese      

French         

German      

Italian        

Japanese     

Russian      

Spanish      

Native speakers are not eligible to take language courses by special assessment.

Notes:

  • The School can refuse permission to remain in a particular language course if the instructor deems that the student's knowledge exceeds the level of that course.

  • Students are advised that misrepresenting their level of knowledge in the language of the course constitutes academic dishonesty and will be dealt with as such.

     

Arabic

Placement in Arabic courses

Not sure what level of Arabic is appropriate for you?

Before you register in Arabic language courses, consult with the School so you can be placed at the appropriate language course level. Please download and review the instructions for completing the placement form. Then complete and submit the placement form online.

Students interested in Muslim culture courses (ALMC 317, 319, 357 and 359), can enroll in these classes at any time without the submission of a placement application or departmental assessment. If you have any questions, please consult with the program advisor by e-mailing almcadv@ucalgary.ca.

Please Note: The School can refuse a student permission to remain in a particular language course if the instructor deems that the student's knowledge exceeds the level of that course. Students are advised that misrepresenting their level of knowledge in the language of the course constitutes academic dishonesty (or misconduct) and will be dealt with as such.
 

Credit by special assessment

Consult the School regarding courses available for credit by special assessment. Native speakers are not eligible to take language courses by special assessment or to receive advanced credit for them.

Chinese

Placement in Chinese courses

Not sure what level of Chinese is appropriate for you?

If you are interested in Chinese language courses you must consult with the School in order to be placed according to your experience and ability. Enrollment in Chinese language courses involves a formal assessment and placement process. The School can refuse a student permission to remain in a particular language course if the instructor deems that the student's knowledge exceeds the level of that course. Students are advised that misrepresenting their level of knowledge in the language of the course constitutes academic dishonesty and will be dealt with as such. 

Note: Prior to registering in any Chinese language courses, you are required to complete the online Chinese Placement Application Form. Instructions on completing the placement form are available. If you experience any technical difficulties in submitting your form, please contact the main office at slllc@ucalgary.ca.

Registration in any of the Chinese culture courses (such as CHIN 317, 355, 357) does NOT require completion of the placement application.

Please contact the Chinese program advisor at chinadv@ucalgary.ca if you have any questions or concerns about Chinese courses generally, or the placement process specifically.

French

Placement in French courses

Not sure what level of French is appropriate for you?

We want to ensure you are placed in a course appropriate to your level of ability. Native speakers or any students who are unsure of their level of competency are invited to browse the information below to learn more about placement in French.

Written placement test deadlines *

  • Fall 2018: Wednesday, September 19

  • Winter 2019: Wednesday, January 16

* Note

  • You do not have to wait until the deadlines to submit your placement test.

  • Placement tests submitted after the deadlines will incur a $25 late marking fee.

  • The School can refuse a student permission to remain in a particular language course if the instructor deems that the student's knowledge exceeds the level of that course. Students are advised that misrepresenting their level of knowledge in the language of the course constitutes academic dishonesty or misconduct

* Please note - there are very detailed and specific instructions regarding placement in French language courses. These can be accessed on the French undergraduate page in the drop down menus located under Course offerings.

German

Placement in German courses

Not sure what level of German is appropriate for you?

Students with a background in German should consult with the program advisor to be placed in language courses that correspond to their ability.  Please contact the German Undergraduate Advisor via slllc@ucalgary.ca.

Students seeking credit by special assessment should also consult with the German Undergraduate Advisor regarding courses available for credit in this manner. Native speakers are not eligible to take language courses by special assessment or to receive advanced credit for them.

Italian

Placement in Italian courses

Not sure what level of Italian is appropriate for you?

We want to ensure you are placed in a course appropriate to your level of ability. Native speakers or any students who are unsure of their level of competency are invited to browse the information below to learn more about placement in Italian.

The School can refuse a student permission to remain in a particular language course if the instructor deems that the student's knowledge exceeds the level of that course. Students are advised that misrepresenting their level of knowledge in the language of the course constitutes academic dishonesty or misconduct.

Written placement test deadlines *

  • Fall 2018: Wednesday, September 19

  • Winter 2019:  Wednesday, January 16

* Note

  • You do not have to wait until the deadlines to submit your placement test.

  • Placement tests submitted after the deadlines will incur a $25 late marking fee.

* Please note - there are very detailed and specific instructions regarding placement in Italian language courses. These can be accessed on the Italian undergraduate page in the drop down menus located under Course offerings.

Japanese

Placement in Japanese courses

Not sure what level of Japanese is appropriate for you?

Students with a background in Japanese should consult with the School (program appropriate undergraduate advisor) so that they can be placed in language courses corresponding to their ability.

Native speakers are not eligible to take language courses, but are eligible to take Japanese literature and culture courses such as JPNS 317, 341 and 461. In case of doubt, the student should seek the advice of the School (Japanese undergraduate advisor).

Permission to register or remain in a particular language course can be refused if the School deems that the students' knowledge exceeds the level of that course. Students are advised that misrepresenting their level of knowledge in the language of the course constitutes academic dishonesty and will be dealt with as such.

Russian

Placement in Russian courses

Not sure what level of Russian is appropriate for you?

If you already know some Russian, your first step should be to see the Russian Advisor so that your level of Russian can be assessed and you can be properly placed. This is particularly important for language courses. We make every effort to place students in courses where they will receive the most benefit from their work. Permission to register or remain in a particular course can be refused if your instructor judges that your knowledge exceeds the level of the course.

Spanish

Placement in Spanish courses

Not sure what level of Spanish is appropriate for you?

We want to ensure you are placed in a course appropriate to your level of ability. Native speakers or any students who are unsure of their level of competency are invited to browse the information below to learn more about placement in Spanish.

Written placement test deadlines *

  • Fall 2018: Wednesday, September 19

  • Winter 2019:  Wednesday, January 16

* Note

  • You do not have to wait until the deadlines to submit your placement test.

  • Placement tests submitted after the deadlines will incur a $25 late marking fee.

  • The School can refuse a student permission to remain in a particular language course if the instructor deems that the student's knowledge exceeds the level of that course. Students are advised that misrepresenting their level of knowledge in the language of the course constitutes academic dishonesty or misconduct.
     

Placement test instructions

You will need a University of Calgary username and password (UCID) to access the placement exams.

Don't have a UCID?

  • Please contact our main office (403-220-5300 or slllc@ucalgary.ca).

  • You will be provided with a temporary username and password which will enable you to log in and take the Placement Exam.

Already have a UCID?

  • Log in to the MyUofC portal and click on Desire2Learn, or go directly to log in.

  • Click on My tools (red band at the top of the page). On the drop down menu, click on Self registration.

  • Under Course Offering Name, choose Spanish Placement Exams. Click on Register.

  • Fill out the registration form and Submit. (You can make the space to write your background in Spanish bigger by dragging the arrow at the bottom right of the square to the right).

  • Click on Finish

  • Click on Go to course offering Spanish Placement Exams. This will take you to the D2L Home Page of the Spanish Placement Exams.

  • Go to Assessments (red band at the top of the page) and click on Quizzes.

  • Select the exam you have chosen to take. Read the instructions on the page then go to the end and click on Start Quiz.

  • Finish and submit your exam. You will receive your grade immediately