The following guidelines are intended to help incoming students determine which level to take when registering for language courses for the first time at Lafayette College. Although language level and subsequent course placement will be determined by the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures, adherence to these guidelines increases the likelihood that students will select the appropriate course level now and avoid having to adjust their class schedules later:
Heritage speakers (that is, those with a personal or historical connection to a language but limited formal study) who wish to take courses in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Hebrew (modern), Japanese, Russian, or Spanish should consult a language adviser. Heritage speakers of Spanish may take Spanish 215 (when available) to demonstrate advanced-level proficiency.
What are language course sequences?
Language courses are normally offered in sequence: Elementary 1 (101), Elementary 2 (102) or Accelerated Elementary (103), Intermediate 1 (111), Intermediate 2 (112), and Advanced (211). Advanced 211 is normally required to start taking 300-level courses designed for majors and minors, or to apply for a language-immersion program off campus.
Is it possible to receive an exemption (and not take additional courses) in order to fulfill the College’s general education requirement in a second language?
Lafayette College provides several options for students who wish to seek exemption from general education requirements in the Common Course of Study. As regards the proficiency requirement in a second language, standardized subject testing is the primary way to demonstrate equivalency.