Foreign Language Placement
WHAT IS THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT AND WHY CONTINUE STUDYING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE?
Under our current General Education Requirements (GER), Morris students must demonstrate a proficiency level equivalent to one full year of college level course work in a language other than English. We also invite you to think about whether college level language study is something you wish to pursue; if so, we recommend that you begin study in languages early in your academic career.
UMN, Morris strongly encourages students to take a language placement exam before they register for their first semester of classes; please note this is a placement test only. When you sign up to come to campus for registration you will be given a link to take an online language placement exam. Test results are then provided to you before you register for your first semester classes. Students wishing to test at a later date may contact UMM Test Center, 320-589-6060
Depending on the score received on the placement exam, students have several options to consider:
Placement at 1001, 1002, or 1003
- Begin study with the recommended course above
- OR complete the entire first year sequence of any other language offered to satisfy FL General Education Requirement.
Placement at 2001 or higher
Choose one of two options to satisfy FL General Education Requirement:
- Students can register for and successfully complete one or more courses in language at the Intermediate or Advanced level [courses numbered 2xxx or 3xxx] to satisfy this requirement
- OR If students don’t see a place for further language study in their college experience, they may be a good candidate to take the Foreign Language PROFICENCY exam in the same language in which they took the online placement exam. Students may take the same exam in a proctored setting on campus to confirm that this skill level beyond the equivalent of a second semester of language will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement if they would like to choose this option.
If you have skill with language, there are plenty of good reasons to consider further study. See what Modern Language Association has to say about Language Study in the Age Globalization. While you're at it, take a look at their interactive language map. It may surprise you to see how many languages are in use throughout the United States. (You can find MLA's Language Study here: www.mla.org/pdf/adfl_brochcollege.pdf )
For information on courses and programs in your language of choice, contact the discipline coordinator:
For information regarding placement and options for completing the FL requirement in languages not listed above, or for alternatives to these placement procedures, you may contact the Scholastic Committee by emailing Judy Korn
If you have general questions regarding the language placement process, you may contact Brenda Boever, coordinator of Academic Advising.