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WKU Colonnade Program

World Language Requirement

World Language Proficiency

All students must demonstrate proficiency in a world language at the Novice High level before completing 60 credit hours. Novice High is the ability to communicate in writing and speaking on familiar topics in simple sentences. To meet this requirement, students can do one of the following:

 

Begin Study of a New Language

 

Western Kentucky University offers over a dozen different languages! Start with the first semester and complete at least the second level.  Colonnade General Education students complete before 60 credit hours with a Grade of C or better.  The second level is typically a 102 course number: click here for a full list of approved Colonnade courses.

NOTE:  Students who began before 2004 are required to fulfill the first level of language.

 

Continue a Language

 

If you want to continue a language studied for two years in high school, complete the 102 level of the language or any higher level course taught in the language with a grade of C or better (the C grade is required for Colonnade students). If you have been out of a language for several years and do not feel comfortable at the 102 level, then 101 is available. However the 102 or above level is required before completing 60 credit hours for Colonnade students. See the Department of Modern Languages web page for recommendations on placement in your language as well as information for obtaining Verified Credit.   

 

Test Out

 

WKU offers the below exams that fulfill the WKU world language requirement (Free tutoring is available in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish in FAC 252 from 8 am – 3:30 pm Monday – Friday (no appointment necessary). The scores for the below exams are valid for more than one year.

  • Avant STAMP for Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.   Practice for the STAMP exam online, or schedule to take the STAMP exam on WKU's campus.  The STAMP exams have four sections – reading, writing, listening and speaking.  An exam score of 3 in 3 skills (French, German, Italian, & Spanish); An exam score of 3 in 2 skills (Arabic, Chinese, & Japanese).     
  • BYU-Flats for Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Greek, Russian, and other languages as noted on the Testing website.  An exam score of "pass" for the 102 level. Schedule to take the BYU-Flats exam on WKU's campus. 

WKU awards college credit on the basis of scores from the following

Department Exams Available:

    • American Sign Language (Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders)
    • Latin (Department of Philosophy and Religion)
    • Pali (Department of Philosophy and Religion) 

 

Transfer Credit to WKU

 

Students who previously earned course credit in a world language should have an official transcript send to Transfer Center Western Kentucky University 1906 College Heights Blvd. #11052 Bowling Green, KY 42101-1052.  Questions concerning the evaluation of transfer credit should be directed to the Transfer Center, 2135 DSU, (270) 745-2178, or email: transfer@wku.edu.  Students can also review how their credits transfer through the Transfer Center website.  This site provides the exact equivalency by course between institutions, if the course has been articulated.   

 

Waiver for Students Whose First Language is Not English

 

The general education world language requirements will be waived for students whose first language is not English. To demonstrate non-English proficiency students can do one of the following:

    1. International students from non-English speaking countries can receive the waiver from the International Student Office (request at: https://www.istart.wku.edu/).
    2. Domestic students, and International students from English speaking countries, have several options to demonstrate proficiency in language other than English:
      • Successfully complete a proficiency exams through AP, CLEP, IB, AAPPL, Avant STAMP, BYU Flats or department exam.
      • Provide evidence of the completion of the 8th grade, or equivalent, or higher in which the primary language of instruction was not English.
      • Other documentation (tests, diplomas, other official documents) that demonstrate language abilities. 

Process: 

International students from non-English speaking countries (students who had to submit satisfactory TOEFL, ILTS, or complete an accepted English language program such as ELS or ESLi) will have the foreign language requirement waived. Request at:  https://www.istart.wku.edu/  

 Domestic students whose first language is not English have the following options:

    1. Submit test scores indicating at least Novice High proficiency or its equivalent. Examples of options include: Avant STAMPfor Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.   Exam Score of 3 in 3 skills for French, German, Italian, & Spanish; Score of 3 in 2 skills for Arabic, Chines & Japanese. BYU-Flats for Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Greek, Russian, and other languages as noted on the Testing website.   Exam Score = Pass.  WKU awards credit on the basis of scores from the following: College Level Program of the College Board (CLEP exam) exams for French, German, and Spanish.  CLEP score of 50 or above. Find out how to take the STAMP, BYU-FLATS, and CLEP exam on WKU's campus. 
    2. 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.
    3. Provide other documentation (tests, diplomas, other official documents) that demonstrates language abilities.  Complete a waiver form and submit for review and potential approval.

 

Incoming students send scores to WKU

 

Many high schools utilize standardized test such as the following:

    • Avant STAMP for Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. Your High School Counselor should complete this form, and send to WKU.  The STAMP exams have four sections – reading, writing, listening and speaking.  An exam score of 3 in 3 skills (French, German, Italian, & Spanish);  An exam score of 3 in 2 skills (Arabic, Chinese, & Japanese)   
    • The ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) exams for Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Your High School Counselor should complete this form, and send to WKU.  The AAPPL assesses the following modes of communication:  interpersonal listening/speaking; presentation writing; and interpretive reading and listening. An exam score of N4 in 3 skills (French, German, Portuguese and Spanish);  An exam score N4 in 2 skills (Arabic, Chinese and Russian) 

 

The revised Kentucky General Education Transfer Policy (2012) outlines the purpose and guidelines for the transfer of general education across Kentucky’s public postsecondary institutions. WKU supports the policy. For more details see: http://cpe.ky.gov/policies/. In accordance with KRS 164.2951 an appeal process regarding statewide general education transfer credit is available. For more details see: http://www.wku.edu/admissions/transfer/documents/appeals_process.pdf

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 Last Modified 8/16/17