World Language Placement
 
 
 

CCBC World Language Placement

Students registering for any world language classes at CCBC should be placed according to the following guidelines, which relate to their experience studying a world language in high school:

Number of years

Experience

Performance

Placement

1 year high school Within the last 2 years A or B grade Level 101 or 102*
1 year high school C or D Grade Level 101
1 year high school 3 or more years ago Level 101
No language experience Level 101
2 years in high school Within the last 2 years A or B grade Level 102
2 years in high school C or D Grade Level 101
2 years in high school 3 or more years ago

Level 101
3 years high school Within the last two years A or B Grade Level 201
3 years high school C or D Grade Level 102
3 years high school 3 or more years ago

Level 102

* A student may register for 102 if he/she meets with a world language coordinator and it is determined that the student possess the appropriate proficiency level.

Students must provide transcripts from high school documenting world language courses completed and grades received prior to registering.

Students with two or more years of world language study should not register for the 101 level of that language. The 101 level of any world language course is designated solely for beginning students (students with no prior experience with the language) or students with fewer than two years of language study.

Students registering for WWW world language courses should understand how an online learning environment functions. Online courses may be more challenging for students with no prior experience with the language for which they are registering. Blended and WWW world language courses are recommended only for students with some prior experience with the language.

Late start or 7-week world language courses are not recommended for beginning students (students with no prior experience with the language).

  • Native Speakers:

Native speakers or heritage speakers of a language should not be placed in 101 or 102 level courses (in languages in which they are native or proficient). If a student wishes to earn credits in a language in which he/she is proficient, the student should do one of the following:

1. Take the CLEP exam (see below). This is only available for French, German and Spanish.

2. Enroll in the 201 or 202 level of the language.

  • Advanced Placement (AP):

Students achieving a score of 3 on Advanced Placement French, German, Latin or Spanish will receive 6 World Language credits (101 and 102).

Students achieving a score of 4 or above on Advanced Placement French, German, Latin or Spanish will receive 12 World Language credits (101, 102, 201 and 202).

Students who have not studied a world language in high school may have developed competency in a language due to other life experiences. These students may take the CLEP to receive credit for prior knowledge. Native speakers of a language may also take the CLEP to receive credit for prior knowledge.

Students receiving a 50 to 65 on the French, German or Spanish CLEP test will receive 6 credits of World Language (101 and 102).

Students receiving a 66 or above on the French, German or Spanish CLEP test will receive 12 credits of World Language (101, 102, 201 and 202).

  • Competency Credits:

The Community College of Baltimore County will no longer offer Competency Credits beyond the Spring 2011 semester.

  • Independent Studies:

Independent studies will only be offered for 201 and 202 level world language courses. They will only be offered when a student has requested a course that will not be offered on any campus during that academic year, or when a student needs a 201 or 202 course for the world language transfer pattern.

 
 
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